If you are already in the forest and have walked in circles several times trying to reach the edge of the forest, it is too late to buy a compass. You are lucky if you already have your compass with you. In a figurative sense, this also applies to the topic of public participation. A good deal has already been done at THF in the past – not always, but sometimes in circles. The public participation process is currently on hold. This is exactly the right moment to use a compass to create a good tool for the next steps.
What is the public participation Compass? An orientation tool
The public participation Compass is a guide and shows what future participation at the site could look like. It is an orientation aid for decision-makers. The public participation Compass distinguishes between public participation fields and formats and names important target groups. It provides a structure and strategy and makes it clear that public participation must go hand in hand with building development. All content-related topics that the working committee has formulated in the recommendations are integrated in each of the three public participation fields (vision, cooperative development, building knowledge & communication).
The public paticipation Compass is available to DOWNLOAD here.
What is the public participation compass NOT? A participation process
The public participation compass is not a roadmap, it is a tool for a possible participation process. The public participation is still on hold. In order to revive public participation, it is necessary to create further, still open preconditions. This includes a clear mandate, definition of an object of public participation, and provision of the necessary resources.