THE CITIZENS DEBATE

DRIVERLESS VEHICLES IN OUR LIVES?LET’S TALK ABOUT IT TOGETHER!

Saturday 27th of January 2018

IN SHORT, WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT?

Driverless vehicles bring up a variety of issues and stakes on mobility, work, day to day life, etc.
This citizen debate is a unique opportunity to learn and debate a topic that will considerably change our lives.

Do you think it’s exaggerated?

Not so much! Yet, when we think about it, it is the case!

As soon as you start discussing it, it becomes clear that the arrival of the vehicles without drivers will transform our daily life.

Let’s talk about it on Saturday, January 27, 2018!

How will I be able to make my own opinion?

An information journal gathering different points of view regarding the topic will be sent to you (PDF) before and on the debate day. In addition, pedagogical videos specifically created for the debate will be broadcast during the debate in order to sum up the stakes and enrich discussions.

Will the discussions go well? I’m not sure I feel comfortable with the topic…

A general animation framework and trained facilitators at each table will guarantee the process and the quality of the discussion. In this type of debate, no one has THE solution nor THE right information: we are all here to share our ideas and concerns.

Driverless vehicles, flying cars, but this is all science fiction, right?

No, it is today’s reality, or almost so. Driverless vehicles are already in circulation, others are being tested. Unmanned flying drones are already in use and prototypes of driverless flying vehicles have already flown. All of this will be soon in our daily life!

We will discuss, work, produce recommendations, but all this will be forgotten after the debate?

The first results will be published LIVE on the website as the day goes on. Then the results in detail will figure in a magazine available for download from the citizens’ debate website and blog. Besides, your work will be promoted to national and European decision-makers during events, especially during the InOut Show in Rennes from 14 to 18 March 2018!

Will I be able to share this experience with my friends?

A video, the website, the blog, a magazine, accounts on social networks will reflect the day of debate and your work: share them! In addition, all the debate tools of the debate – the videos, the information journal and the questionnaires, will be available online for free. Invite your friends and acquaintances to discover them and to participate in the online consultation that will take place from January 28, 2018.

But what will I do with my day on January 27th if I am not selected?

In order to guarantee the quality of the discussion and production, we cannot accept all registrants. This is why there will be a random draw.  

If you do not have the chance to be selected, we will keep you informed of the results and share with you all the tools. In addition, you can still participate in the online consultation from 28 January.

In the previous editions, we asked participants if it was a good experience and if they would participate in other debates. Conclusion? 98% of people are happy to have lived this moment. We are counting on you now!

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WHAT DO PEOPLE WHO ALREADY PARTICIPATED IN OUR CITIZENS’ DEBATES SAY ABOUT IT?

For once that I’m asked something, I take advantage of the opportunity. Whatever the topic, I would have said yes.”

 

“I was glad to be part of a participatory consultation workshop and to realize that citizens can find agreements and that some decisions and actions are possible thanks to this kind of approach.”

 

“I liked the small groups frame, the method used, which was dynamic and innovative, the round tables and the good organisation that enriched the different scenarios. This allowed us to work easily altogether.”

“What I like the most: the possibility to debate and to see whether what came out from the debate will be useful.”

 

“We are very excited that the World Wide Views on Climate and Energy is being organized and happy to collaborate with such an important initiative. Bringing forward the views and the voices of citizens from across the globe can only contribute to a positive new universal climate agreement in Paris in December. In supporting this unique and novel approach, we believe we are also making an important contribution to Article 6 of the Convention as it relates to education and public awareness.”

Christiana Figueres, on World Wide Views on Climate and Energy 2015, UNFCCC Executive Secretary

“This is a great success; this is how Europe should work. […] It is a dream that comes true.”

Jan Woerner, on the Citizen’s debate on Space for Europe, 2016, General director of the European Space Agency

“Individual interest is quickly swept away in favor of a world in the collective interest. And thanks to these structures, we succeed to reach diverse and distant audiences, such as disabled persons, the elderly, unemployed persons, persons in rehabilitation, etc.”

Victor Burette, Conseil Départemental du Nord

“The organized workshops are democratic spaces, vectors of debate. I’m always stroke by each debate and how the discussions are fruitful, productive and innovative. Functioning like a pop-up think tank, participants produce a highly valuable thought.”

Denis Leguay, President of CRSA Pays de la Loire