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ERIC Number: EJ757500
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0270-4676
A Toolkit for Democratizing Science and Technology Policy: The Practical Mechanics of Organizing a Consensus Conference
Kleinman, Daniel Lee; Powell, Maria; Grice, Joshua; Adrian, Judith; Lobes, Carol
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, v27 n2 p154-169 2007
A widely touted approach to involving laypeople in science and technology policy-related decisions is the consensus conference. Virtually nothing written on the topic provides detailed discussion of the many steps from citizen recruitment to citizen report. Little attention is paid to how and why the mechanics of the consensus conference process might influence the diversity of the participants in theses fora, the quality of the deliberation in the citizen sessions, the experiences of the participants and organizers, and other outcomes that affect democratic decision making within the conference and more broadly over the long term. As an aid to those interested in utilizing the consensus conference format, the authors outline in detail how they set about organizing their consensus conference on nanotechnology in the spring of 2005. They discuss what specific aspects of their consensus conference worked, and why, and also consider what they learned of relevance to future application. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin