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On-line engagement Management of Used Nuclear Fuel Ann Dale, Trudeau Fellow CRC in Sustainable Community Development Professor, Royal Roads University
What is an e-Dialogue? • 6-year research program at RRU • synchronous real-time conversations around critical public policy issues • bring the best minds in the country together in the same virtual place • access to leading-edge research
inter- and transdisciplinary space • increase literacy • supported by a website • actively moderated by researchers • ‘living archive’
NWMO e-Dialogues • research/NWMO partnership • website design (literacy) • 3 e-Dialogues, 1 public forum and an on-line interview • sustained from October 2004 to July 2005
Risk and Uncertainty • Dr. William Leiss, Queen’s University • Norm Rubin, Energy Probe • Dr. David Shoesmith, University of Western Ontario • Dr. Andrew Stirling, University of Sussex • Dr. Kai-Lee, Williams College (USA)
Decision-Making Framework • Is the assessment framework comprehensive and balanced. Are there gaps, and if so, what do we need to add? • Are there specific elements that you feel must be built into an implementation plan?
Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty • Dr. Jim MacNeill, World Bank • Chris Henderson, The Delphi Group • Dr. Andrew Stirling, University of Sussex • Norman Rubin, Energy Probe
On-line Public Forum • asynchronous discussion • comments on draft study report • NWMO staff on-line to ask any questions • posed questions • passively moderated
Outreach • summary research report published on-line • over 10,000 unique visits to the website • engaged over 1400 Canadians in total • attracted visitors from USA, the Far East, several European countries and South Africa • each e-Dialogue attracted over 100 new registrations • download of on-line interview over 100 times
Lessons Learned • critical literacy required • Who gets to frame the questions? • dialogue of the deaf • homophily • tyranny of expertise • social process of meaningful engagement through deliberative dialogue
www.postcarbonsociety.com • Louise Comeau, former FCM policy • Elizabeth May, Sierra Club • Dr. John Robinson, UBC • Ralph Torrie, Torrie, Smith & Associates • Jeffry Ardon, Scientific Advisor, German Federal Agency for Conservation • to be announced