Public engagement in science and technology is gaining increasing attention. Societal challenges and advances in science and technology call for new initiatives, platforms and opportunities for engaging the public in non-traditional ways.
This catalogue, produced by the PE2020 project, explores and analyses particularly innovative public engagement practices, and provides a platform for international inspiration and learning in the fast-moving field of public engagement. The catalogue presents detailed case descriptions and first-hand reflections provided by individual case coordinators with particular expertise with the initiative.
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.
Heiskanen, E, Jalas, M & Rinkinen J (2015) The local community as a low-carbon lab: Promises and perils. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 14: 149-164.