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Participation and Interaction in Foresight

Dialogue, Dissemination and Visions Edited by Kristian Borch, Technical University of Denmark, Sandra Dingli, University of Malta and Michael Søgaard Jørgensen, Aalborg University, Denmark
This illuminating book combines theory and practice to analyse the experiences and impacts of foresight activities in various European countries. It includes case studies with a focus on different societal issues including national development, science and technology, and sustainable development.
Extent: 352 pp
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Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 978 1 78195 613 7
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This illuminating book combines theory and practice to analyse the experiences and impacts of foresight activities in various European countries. It includes case studies with a focus on different societal issues including national development, science and technology, and sustainable development.

The contributors expertly describe and analyse foresight projects carried out in countries at various stages of economic development including mature market economies, transition economies and young democracies. The theoretical chapters on stakeholder participation, negotiation and dialogue, learning, and visioning are useful in the planning and analyses of foresight activities. The case study chapters explicitly demonstrate how the societal context can influence the planning and impact of foresight policy.

Scholars of foresight and technology assessment will find plenty of information in this invaluable book. It will also prove essential for Masters courses on foresight or future studies, and public policy courses with a focus on future policy and planning.
‘The ten national foresight case studies presented, covering a wide-ranging set of themes (research, science and technology, education and training and the environment) and countries, help to underline the practical aspects of using dialogue and participation effectively in foresight exercises. The book is particularly useful in defining the concept of dialogue, debate, interaction and participation and in outlining a range of uses in different foresight contexts. This book constitutes an important contribution to the futures field and will prove an inspiration to those embarking on foresight exercises and similar open, participatory forward-looking processes.’
– Jennifer Cassingena Harper, Malta Council for Science and Technology
Contributors: A. Alvarenga, K. Borch, P. De Smedt, S.M. Dingli, E. Göll, L. Groff, É. Hideg, T. Kristóf, C. Kroeze, F. Mérida, E. Nemcová, E. Nováky, L.A. Pace, O. Saritas, M. Søgaard Jørgensen, S.I.P. Stalpers
Contents:

PART I: INTRODUCTION
1. The Role of Interaction in Foresight
Kristian Borch

PART II: THEORETICAL CONSIDERATIONS
2. Interactions Between Foresight and Decision-Making
Peter De Smedt

3. Stakeholder Participation and Dialogue in Foresight
Ozcan Saritas, Lisa A. Pace and Serge I.P. Stalpers

4. Learning Theory in Foresight
Tamás Kristóf

5. Dialogue in Foresight: Consensus, Conflict and Negotiation
Kristian Borch and Fredesvinda Mérida

6. Dialogue as a Tool of Foresight with Insights on the Dialogue of Cultures and Civilizations
Linda Groff

7. Visions and Visioning in Foresight Activities
Michael Søgaard Jørgensen

8. The Dissemination and Implementations of Results of Forecast Activities
Sandra M. Dingli

PART III: CASE STUDIES
9. Dialogues in the COOL Project
Serge I.P. Stalpers and Carolien Kroeze

10. The Analysis of the UK Technology Foresight Programme from the Dialogue, Vision and Dissemination Perspectives
Ozcan Saritas

11. Dialogues on Air Pollution: An Asian Example
Carolien Kroeze and Serge I.P. Stalpers

12. Hungarian Educational Foresight: ‘Vocational Training and Future’
Éva Hideg, Erzsébet Nováky and Tamás Kristóf

13. Foresight as a Tool of Policy Formulation: The Slovak Foresight Exercise
Edita Nemcová

14. CASE DENMARK: Green Technology Foresight, Phase 1
Michael Søgaard Jørgensen

15. The Danish Technology Foresight on Environmentally Friendly Agriculture
Kristian Borch

16. Strategic Planning for the Future: Malta’s eFORESEE Experience
Lisa A. Pace

17. Futur – the Research Dialogue in Germany
Edgar Göll

18. Analysis of the Foresight Components of the Portuguese Economic and Social Development Plan 2000–2006 (PNDES 2000–2006)
António Alvarenga

PART IV: CROSS-CUTTING CONCLUSIONS
19. Foresight as Governance of Science, Technology and Society: Cross-Cutting Conclusions
Michael Søgaard Jørgensen

Index