A number of In-depth groups have been conducted 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 Groups scientific models were used to illustrate the contribution of individual lifestyles to a global phenomenon using the sets of increasing scales and more inclusive scopes. Hence, the conditions to create contexts of interaction with ICT were explored 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 into group dynamic and processes.

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Paticipatory research&ICT in Venice

De Marchi Bruna   Institute of International Sociology of Gorizia

Gough Clair   Joint Research Centre,Institute for Systems Informatics and Safety

Guimarães Pereira Ângela   Joint Research Centre,Institute for Systems Informatics and Safety

A number of In-depth groups have been conducted 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 Groups scientific models were used to illustrate the contribution of individual lifestyles to a global phenomenon using the sets of increasing scales and more inclusive scopes. Hence, the conditions to create contexts of interaction with ICT were explored 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 into group dynamic and processes.

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