The community x-change aims to:
Each community x-change is a series of workshops where members of the public, scientists and policy makers meet to discuss issues involving science. Participants will meet to explore issues involving science and discuss their thoughts, feelings and ideas for possible actions.
- Improve practices of dialogue, particularly those that allow currently excluded voices to influence policy
- Learn how to improve involvement processes on issues of concern to communities and decision-makers
- Provide opportunities for scientists and the public to develop common language through discussion and dialogue
- Develop the capacity of our elected representatives, policy makers and the media to engage with participatory processes
The project will explore a new methodology for dialogue. The approach takes elements from a number of different initiatives including citizens juries and common language projects to provide time and space for citizens to discuss issues of local concern as well as those with national implications.
Community x-changes will take place in East Anglia, North East and Cumbria, and Yorkshire and the discussions will help to shape major science events taking place in these cities as well as shaping a programme of events to be rolled out across the UK.
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