about the process
For a day, about a hundred participants in each city are invited to discuss and debate the future of mobility. Several rounds of discussion are held throughout the day. Each one of them starts with a video presenting facts and questions carrying information about those new technologies and their impact on our lives.
Citizens randomly join tables of 5 to 6 participants where they are met by a trained facilitator. They are given the opportunity to have conversations in a safe and relaxed environment and to express themselves without fear of judgement. Thanks to this friendly atmosphere, citizens find themselves in the position of becoming actors in the politics of the topic, instead of passives consumers of new technologies.
At the beginning of the face-to-face debates, and for a whole month, participants worldwide can join the online version of the citizen engagement too. They have access to the same informational material and can form their opinions in the same manner.
All data will be collected, and the participant insights will be shared with decision-makers working on this to represent the thoughts, hopes and fears of the citizens around the world. The data will be made available to the public and presented to decision-makers who are preparing the future of mobility, including the debate partners.
In January 2018, Missions Publiques launched a national debate on driverless mobility. In five French cities, 360 citizens gathered for a day, and worked in order to publish their thoughts about the matters at hand. Watch our 4 mins video.
In August 2017, CSPO (Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes – lead by Arizona State University), in partnership with Missions Publiques held a series of citizen focus groups in rural Maryland and in Baltimore. These focus groups informed the development of a citizen-framed issue advisory panel on autonomous vehicles.