A well-managed prior consultation
serves as a facilitated public inquiry.
The National Commission for Public Debate both encourages and accompanies project managers in organizing high-quality prior consultations with the aim of co-constructing their development projects with stakeholders and concerned citizens. It is in this spirit that CartoDÉBAT takes its place in the digital sphere.
In part workshop, public meeting and online activity, a consultation is an ensemble of events of diverse nature left to the discretion of the project manager. CartoDÉBAT offers guidance in creating reciprocity between in-person and digital actions. These two complete and enrich each other when appropriately brought together. We offer a dynamic form of reconstruction of debates held in real time, and their dissemination in an attractive format that encourages dialogue.
Making the improvements gained by a co-constructive approach visible over a longer period of time also adds an important aspect of appreciation for the process. Positive steps forward, once gained, often come to be taken for granted and overshadowed by remaining areas of difficulty. Here, the digital space quite naturally becomes a historical record of past choices and of the reasoning that brought them about.
The current version of the consultation platform is the result of R & D work emerging from E-Debate, financed by the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER), which brings together the CEFE-CNRS of the University Paul-Valéry and the companies Qair, Intactile Design and CartoDébat.
Brought into service for prior consultations on EolMed, a pilot project of four floating wind turbines in the Mediterranean in 2017 and 2018, the system has been monitored followed by the National Commission on Public Debate.
The collaborative project E-Debate - Online argumentation and debate concerning an offshore wind turbine development - worked in partnership with the National Commission for Public Debate and the Occitanie region. Its goals were two-fold: to put in place the conditions and tools for a high-quality public debate that would improve citizen-government relations and relieve tensions associated with large-scale land use developments; and to make a leap forward in terms of the volume of participants in a consultation or public debate.
In the words of Project Manager Laurent Tokarski, of Qair :
“The E-Debate platform seems to us a credible tool for dialogue among project managers and the region. This platform makes it possible to retrace all the steps and to understand the evolution of the project.”