Episode 4: Consensus Conferences with Lars Kluver


Lars Klüver, is a skilled innovator, designer and convenor of public deliberations and has been for more than 30 years.

His work with the Danish Board of Technology, was an early inspiration for many deliberative designers with his Consensus Conference method—a modification of an approach used in the US among scientists. Klüver understood the importance of expert knowledge but also the importance of bringing citizens into the mix, especially when considering future technologies.

Since then he has experimented with Citizen Summits for policy direction, and World Wide Views, an ambitious global project. Klüver is wary of advocating a single method, there is no one-size-fits-all in his opinion. He has also found robust ways to bring decision-makers into the deliberative space so that there is real ownership of citizens’ decisions.

Music acknowledgement.

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