Thursday, January 21, 2010

FRENCH PROTESTS AND THE NOTORIOUS 7 PERCENT

Recently, the French government decided on a series of engagement exercises (4 months in 7 cities). For more information go to their Special Commission for the Public Debate on Nanotechnology (it is in French). We are trying to translate as much as it as we can.

The first event was held in Lyons. AAAS Science Insider posted a review of the event. My graduate students were transfixed by the protests at the Lyon event. There is a video of the event on Dailymotion.

For years I have been speaking about the 7-10 percent solution. It is not only a parochial novel about Sherlock Holmes and his cocaine addiction, it designates the percentage of the population that seriously consider science and technology policy when they engage in civic behavior, including voting. We are working on this data set and expect to entertain more scholarship on this soon. Our working hypothesis is the public engagement is fine for many reasons, however to influence public sentiment we need to engage selectively.

More to come. Sorry for my absence but I have been working on two NIH grant submissions and digging out from under a lot of data we produced from our NIRT on intuitive toxicology.

3 comments:

Fran├žois said...

A Belgium blog makes some statements about the cases of these debates, in English, on the following link: Public debate in France: using debate as a political tool

dianna.rose83@gmail.com said...

Many institutions limit access to their online information. Making this information available will be an asset to all.

Ramz said...

(What dianna said)