CIMULACT: Engaging all of Europe in the shaping of a desirable sustainable future
CIMULACT is a three-year project funded by the European Union whose aim is to engage more than 1000 citizens in 30 countries in Europe, along with a wide range of other actors, in the shaping of desirable sustainable futures. In a highly participatory process, the project will provide unique input to European research and innovation policies and topics, create dialogue and shared understanding between the actors, and build strong capacities in citizen engagement, thereby contributing to Responsible Research and Innovation in EU. In short, CIMULACT will:
Embrace the citizens in the actual formulation of EU Research and Innovation agendas.
Provide concrete and unique input to the identification of the future European research agenda by eliciting concerns, wishes and visions for desirable sustainable futures from 1000 citizens in 30 countries in Europe.
Make the future more accessible and commonly shared and discussed by making it a public conversation for a greater democracy.
Make the European research and innovation agenda relevant and accountable to society by engaging citizens, stakeholders, and experts in co-creating research agendas based on real, validated and shared visions, needs and demands.
Contribute to Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in EU by promoting public engagement and inclusion in the identification of desirable sustainable futures.
Set a new standard for citizen participation by integrating science and society and through development, experimentation, training and assessment of methods for engagement.
Experimentation and nudges are two topical buzzwords in Finland at the moment. Because of this, it seems appropriate to share some recent work that examines these concepts in an appreciatively critical way.
Nudging – a tool for sustainable behaviour? is a report for the Swedish EPA by Oksana Mont and Matthias Lehner from IIIEE Lund and Eva Heiskanen from the Consumer Society Research Centre. It examines the usefulness of nudges in established welfare states like Sweden (and Finland). The report is also available in Swedish. These slides offer a short synopsis.
On the topic of experimentation, this article examines some recent experiences of experimentation in Finland – again from a appreciatively critical perspective. It shows that experiments are always performative. In order to serve as “proof of principle” and encourage people to persist in climate action, local low-carbon experiments cannot afford to fail.
International politics have until now struggled to deal with the wicked problems of the world. The World Wide Views method has been used since the 2009 UN COP-15 climate negotiations in Copenhagen to give a voice to citizens. University of Helsinki Adjunct Professor Mikko Rask has studied the consultation process, and edited a volume on the use of World Wide Views in biodiversity negotiations together with Richard Worthington:
This book discusses political controversies involved in global biodiversity policy, and the practical opportunities that are opened up in solving them through increased citizen participation and democratic deliberation. It examines the emerging practice of deliberative global governance and its political consequences.