Participation and Interaction in Foresight: Dialogue, Dissemination and Visions
This illuminating book combines theory and practice to analyze the experiences and impacts of foresight activities in various European countries. It includes case studies with a focus on different societal issues including national development, science and technology, and sustainable development.
This paper presents an analysis of the UK Technology Foresight Exercise from the Dialogue, Vision and Dissemination perspectives. Participation and dialogue-based visioning and policy making process was one of the key components of the Foresight exercise, which aimed at involving stakeholders to set priorities in the UK science base and industry. In this way, the stakeholders were given the opportunity to shape the S&T policies and strategies. The exercise helped in a great deal to the establishment of better links between the Government funded S&T and industry in a collective visioning process.
Foresight has become an ‘institutional’ activity as more emphasis has been given to the active participation of stakeholders to shape the future of society. As a key element of Foresight, participation improves the quality of Foresight exercises through the engagement of both scientific and non-scientific knowledge, and stakeholder values and preferences. The overall aim of this chapter is to strengthen the Foresight literature with novel concepts and ideas, which are rooted in the participation literature. This will assist Foresight researchers and practitioners understand various rationales of participation and to determine the type and extent of participation that is desirable for different types of Foresight exercises.