Ngos prefer other ways of public participation

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NGOs prefer other ways of public participation Widespread feeling that they’ve been invited to be educated into a pre- determined outcome or just as pro forma Uninvited participation is the prefered option for most NGOs press work / mobilizing a larger public / changing the market / producing materials on times in which they’ll be meaningful for policy workers / support and produce independent research Many NGOS withdraw from institutionalized participation either to make a point or as a prioritization of time and resource investment on more effective methods
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Roots of the problems Participatory exercises about risks and benefits but never to question the need for the technology in itself Separation of science from its social context Framing science as objective and social, ethical and political concerns as subjective and therefore not fit for the base of decision-making “Deficit model” which considers the public as inherently ignorant on scientific issues excluding it from debate Lack of political will: science and technology seen as competitiveness tools and
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