Workshops are a method of involving people who are directly affected by a technology or a technological problem. Such persons may be members of the public, users or people who assess technology.
The general aim of a workshop method is to prepare an action proposal and to enter into a dialogue with those people who are directly affected by the technology or the technological problem. It is these people who are to play a part in the technological assessment and the preparation of action proposals, and, with the help of these players, the workshop method seeks to carry out a closer study of reality and expose barriers.
In the following you can find a description of different workshop models, focusing on their individual characteristics. The workshop methods described are:
The Scenario Workshop and the European Awareness Scenario Workshop are described here.
The Future Workshop
The future workshop is the classic workshop model, and as such, the prototype for the other workshop models. The purpose of the future workshop method is to formulate concrete solutions and action proposals based on the participants’ own experiences so that they can put these into practice. These proposals will usually be in relation to a local issue or challenge or in connection with the planning of local action concerning a particular development.
The Perspective Workshop
The perspective workshop has been developed by the Danish Board of Technology. The method focuses on strengths, weaknesses, possibilities and threats of a given technology or technological development. The perspective workshop is also a suitable tool for testing myths. Using the perspectives that emphasise both positive and negative aspects of a technology or technological development, technological myths are brought into focus and are discussed at the perspective workshop.
The Future Search Conference
The aim of the conference is to find a common basis which all participants can endorse. By abdicating their usual rhetoric they shall open their minds to new ideas and action proposals. The purpose of the conference thus is to encourage the participants to think about a technological problem in