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Participation and Interaction in Foresight

Participation and Interaction in Foresight

Dialogue, Dissemination and Visions

Edited by Kristian Borch, Sandra Dingli and Michael Søgaard Jørgensen

This illuminating book combines theory and practice to analyse 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.

Chapter 14: CASE DENMARK: Green Technology Foresight, Phase 1

Michael Søgaard Jørgensen

Subjects: innovation and technology, innovation policy, politics and public policy, public policy


The chapter focuses on some of the experiences with Green Technology Foresight (GTF) in Denmark. The main focus is on an overall project on green technology, called the Phase 1 GTF, carried out in 2002–2003. This foresight aimed at identifying a number of ‘promising green areas’ for further foresight in Phase 2 GTF projects. The author was a member of the Phase 1 panel and was, furthermore, one of the two project coordinators on a Phase 2 GTF about environmental potentials and risks related to nano, bio and ICT technology carried out in 2004–2005. In the final discussion in this chapter, the two types of GTF projects are compared with respect to the applied foresight methodology, especially the different role which dialogue and negotiations played in the two projects. The Phase 1 project was a foresight project organised with a foresight panel and with different types of stakeholders, based on negotiations among the members about what actually should be seen as promising green areas. The Phase 2 foresight was a foresight project with focus on some specific technology areas that the Danish Environmental Protection Agency found promising from an environmental perspective (nano, bio and ICT technology). This project was carried out as a research project, coordinated by a research group and with some dialogue with the Agency and some stakeholder workshops. The following chapter about green technology on sustainable agriculture focuses on another of the Danish Phase 2 GTF projects.

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