We know that the knowledge curation stage is of crucial importance in climate assemblies – both for securing informed deliberation and outcomes, and for the formation of assembly members’ attitudes.
Selecting and presenting evidence raises a number of important questions considered in this KNOCA Briefing on “Knowledge Curation in Climate Assemblies”, researched and written by Malte Frøslee Ibsen.
The Briefing considers questions such as:
- How should the relevant thematic and scientific areas be demarcated – i.e., what counts as relevant evidence, and what does not?
- Who should make decisions concerning the selection and demarcation of relevant evidence, and how should decision-making processes be organized?
- How should experts, witnesses, or speakers be selected, and how should they be briefed?
- How can expert knowledge be communicated to assembly members with different educational and cultural backgrounds?
- Should assembly members take active part in the work of knowledge curation, and if so, how can they be equipped to do so?
The Briefing surveys the relevant literature and relies on interviews with key figures in five European climate assemblies to illuminate and discuss the challenges and dilemmas associated with knowledge curation and develop a number of recommendations for selecting and presenting evidence in climate assemblies.
Both KNOCA members and members of the broader deliberative community often express a demand for more knowledge and guidance on selecting and presenting evidence in climate assemblies. The KNOCA Briefing on Knowledge Curation in Climate Assemblies seeks to meet this demand by deepening our knowledge and laying the groundwork for future KNOCA guidance.
Watch a short presentation of the briefing by Bjørn Bedsted, International Director of the Danish Board of Technology, below.