Public deliberations in the wild

Earlier this month, Brian Pl√ºss attended two public deliberation events in Scotland. The first one was part of the Royal Society of Edinburgh‘s inquiry on Scotland’s Energy Future and took place in Glasgow on 3 May 2018.


The second event was organised by the UK Houses of Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee as part of their inquiry on Global Britain and  was held in St Andrews on 10 May 2018.

Attending these events was an excellent opportunity to see our research from the perspective of real-world public deliberations. The two deliberations were very special and different from each other in terms of organisation and dynamics, which directly informs socio-technical requirements on the ADD-up System. As the photos show, in the RSE Glasgow event, for instance the deliberations happened sequentially with the participation of the entire audience and the panel. In the Foreign Committee St Andrews event, deliberations happened around round tables in parallel. This was followed by a public summaries of the main points of discussion at each table. The ADD-up System would need to operate very differently in these two scenarios. We will follow up on this in a future post.

We are in contact with organisers from the RSE and the Commons Foreign Affair Committee to arrange for the attending future events. We hope to be able to collect functional requirements, linguistic data and eventually identify a series of events to enhance with our system.

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