INM Symposium - Developing Expertise in the Design of Participatory Tools: Professionalization and Diversification of the Public Participation Field

The objective of this symposium is to better understand the conditions involved in the negotiation of the participatory design by looking at the actors that initiate and organize public participation. The diversification of public participation activities shows the complexity of the field of public participation: public participation professionals take different approaches and develop different designs for participation mechanisms, which may be initiated by either public authorities or civil society. For example, governments and developers generally tend to contract out public participation to consultants or specialized non-profit organizations. In some countries or some public sectors, however, governments have chosen to have their public administrations deal directly with the organization of public participation. Large developers also tend to handle this responsibility themselves. Similarly, some non-profit organizations or interest groups may choose to initiate a public discussion either by calling on the services of a consultant or by assigning this responsibility to their staff. What are the effects of this professionalization of public participation? Does it compromise or encourage the democratic aims associated with public participation? How does the approach that public participation professionals take affect their abilities to design effective public participation mechanisms? The approach chosen to answer these questions is a dialogue between researchers and practitioners for a heuristic confrontation of knowledge and experiences.The symposium will be an opportunity for participants to develop a clearer profile of these actors, to understand their role in the dissemination of public participation practices and to identify the main issues involved in this phenomenon.

The symposium will be held in room 518a at the Palais des Congrès over 2 days from July 21 to 22 and is held in conjunction with the IPSA World Congress of Political Science. The symposium is included with World Congress registration but is also available to members of the public who wish to attend the symposium only.  The fee for the symposium is $40 USD.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page to register for the symposium only.

Symposium Schedule

Monday, July 21 / Lundi, 22 juillet

09:00-10:00 Opening Speech: Professionalization of the Public Participation Field: Trends and Challenges
10:30-12:00 PANEL 1: Professionalization of Participation: Institution, Identity and Practices
12:00-13:30 Lunch
13:30-16:30

ROUND TABLE - Developing Expertise in the Design of Participatory Tools: Professionalization and Diversification of the Public Participation Field

13:30-14:40  PART 1 - Four Public Participation Practitioners

14:40-16:30  PART 2 - Organizing Public Participation: Opportunities and Challenges of Professionalization for the Practice

16:45-18:15 PANEL 2: Diffusion of Public Participation Practices: Collaboration, Partnership and Negociation

Tuesday, July 22 / Mardi, 22 juillet

09:00-11:00

ROUND TABLE - Developing Expertise in the Design of Participatory Tools: Professionalization and Diversification of the Public Participation Field

PART 3 - Interactions Among Participation Professionals and Researchers

11:15-12:30 PANEL 3: Developing and Framing Participatory Design: Who is in Charge?
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 OPEN SPACE - Developing Expertise in the Design of Participatory Tools: Professionalization and Diversification of the Public Participation Field
15:45-17:00 PANEL 4: Public Autonomous Organizations Dedicated to Public Participation: Autonomy for What End?

 

This special colloquium is organized by Laurence Bherer (Université de Montréal), Mario Gauthier (Université du Québec en Outaouais), Magali Nonjon (Université d’Avignon), Alice Mazeaud (Université de Larochelle) and Louis Simard (Université d’Ottawa), in collaboration with the Institut du Nouveau Monde (INM). INM is a Montréal-based organization whose mission is to promote and support citizen participation in democratic life and the renewal of ideas. Since 2003, this organization has been working to inform citizens about key issues, to facilitate ongoing debate on these issues, and to promote the value of the ideas and projects arising from this debate in public opinion and in the eyes of decision makers.

 

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