A number of in-depth study groups have been observed in Venice, as part of an EC funded project called ULYSSES (Urban Lifestyles, Sustainability and Integrated Environmental Assessment). The issues of urban lifestyles and sustainability, particularly in relation to climate change, formed the focus of discussion The use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) was explored during the sessions. Within the in-depth study groups scientific models were used to illustrate the contribution of individual lifestyles to a global phenomenon (using the sets of increasing scales and broader scopes), to illustrate:
1. the salience of various phenomena;
2. their effects on various scales;
3. uncertainty and ignorance about their consequences and about remedial opportunities;
4. constraints on policy and action;
5. individual responsibility and
6. the usefulness and pitfalls of modelling and of simulating futures.

We have explored the conditions to create contexts of interaction with ICT in order to examine:
1. how technology can influence public awareness, by enhancing, hindering or modifying it;
2. how people relate to ICT in general and in particular to specific climate models;
3. how people can suggest adaptations or modifications of ICT in order to improve its effectiveness for
their purposes.

This paper focus on the preparation of the technical material presented during the sessions, indicating
some relevant reactions of the participants towards the use of ICT in participatory contexts, including the
influence of such tools on group dynamic and processes.

These participatory experiences are described through a homepage in the INTERNET:
http://ta-www.jrc.it/frontpage.html.

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Participatory research & ICT in Venice

Angela Guimaraes Pereira   Joint Research Centre - EC, Institute for Systems Informatics and Safety (ISIS)

Bruna de Marchi  

Clair Gough  

A number of in-depth study groups have been observed in Venice, as part of an EC funded project called ULYSSES (Urban Lifestyles, Sustainability and Integrated Environmental Assessment). The issues of urban lifestyles and sustainability, particularly in relation to climate change, formed the focus of discussion The use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) was explored during the sessions. Within the in-depth study groups scientific models were used to illustrate the contribution of individual lifestyles to a global phenomenon (using the sets of increasing scales and broader scopes), to illustrate:
1. the salience of various phenomena;
2. their effects on various scales;
3. uncertainty and ignorance about their consequences and about remedial opportunities;
4. constraints on policy and action;
5. individual responsibility and
6. the usefulness and pitfalls of modelling and of simulating futures.

We have explored the conditions to create contexts of interaction with ICT in order to examine:
1. how technology can influence public awareness, by enhancing, hindering or modifying it;
2. how people relate to ICT in general and in particular to specific climate models;
3. how people can suggest adaptations or modifications of ICT in order to improve its effectiveness for
their purposes.

This paper focus on the preparation of the technical material presented during the sessions, indicating
some relevant reactions of the participants towards the use of ICT in participatory contexts, including the
influence of such tools on group dynamic and processes.

These participatory experiences are described through a homepage in the INTERNET:
http://ta-www.jrc.it/frontpage.html.

A copy of the full paper has not yet been submitted.

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