‘Opening Up‘ Social Appraisal: Which are the most appropriate and practical ways under different conditions, to get the best out of expert analysis, whilst engaging ‘stakeholders’, learning from many different knowledges and experiences and empowering the least privileged groups in society?
There are some quotations from his publications that I’ve been reading recently.
Stirling, A. (2008). “Opening Up” and “Closing Down” – Power, Participation, and Pluralism in the Social Appraisal of technology. Science, Technology & Human Values, 33(2), 262-294.
“The best decision-making processes actively seek out all the people and organisations likely to be affected by the decision so that they are fullyaware of it and its likely effect on them. A wide range of interests should be identified andencouraged to take part in the process. Waiting for people to come forward is not best practice.”
DETR (2000)Public Participation in Making Local Environmental Decisions: Good practice Handbook http://www.unece.org/env/pp/ecases/handbook.pdf