Scenario building with strong stakeholder and citizen participation
In 2015, Prague designed three possible scenarios and organised a workshop for experts, as well as a sociological survey to select the most suitable scenario. 57 selected experts gathered in groups and discussed the scenarios in a half-day workshop. A sociological survey collected additional opinions from 2,224 citizens. Based on the combined opinion of stakeholders and citizens, Prague developed its final transport strategy. Designing an expert workshop and a sociological survey with essential, easy questions is an easy, cheap and illustrative solution for scenario selection. It also provides a powerful basis vis-à-vis to political approval, as based on broad and balanced experts’ opinions.
Author: Václav Novotný, Prague Institute of Planning and Development, collected by EUROCITIES
Broad integration of citizens, policymakers and experts in scenario discussions
The City of Antwerp has introduced innovative governance methods to gain wide public support for their vision for the city. After examining possible scenarios, a steering group selected one that best matched the ambition of Antwerp and that also included adequate and relevant projects for the region. This approach led to an agreed ambition to develop innovative ideas together with citizens and stakeholders. A total of 100 working sessions were organised, in which about 3500 experts and policymakers and approximately 3000 citizens and organisations participated. An alliance was formed and it developed a governance structure to manage the process. The multidisciplinary teams used participation and co-creation tools to shape input received from citizens.
Author: Annelies Heijns, collected by ICLEI