Thanks to funding that our project partner, The Great Debate, procured for another project, they filmed all their Newcastle -based events – these films can be viewed here –
We used the new economics foundation (nef) process Crowd Wise to encourage event experts to engage more deeply and to seek consensus with participants. Funded by Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious Grant Programme, Sustained Engagement, we delivered 12 events, 4 each in London, Newcastle and Sheffield that brought together 59 engineers and 300+ people from our communities in ways that encouraged each group to engage deeply and constructively with the other, to the benefit of both.
The success of engineering projects depends on understanding the intersection of technology with human values and behaviour. Engineers who lack an understanding of the human side are at a disadvantage, as are we who lack an understanding of the technology. We believe engineers who got involved in this project emerged with a better understanding of the changes towards more sustainable behaviour that citizens would like to make, those they would not be willing to make, and of the social barriers to change.
Sustained Engagement gave engineers practical experience of public engagement in this series of twelve public events themed around sustainable engineering. Engineers proposed their solution to engineering-related policy issues, shared their knowledge and reflected on the social impact of their work.