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Key Stakeholder Interview

Interviews with key stakeholders with expertise relevant to a particular community issue are lengthy, one to one interviews that may last an hour or two, and require specialist skill to use the time effectively, and to elicit relevant and specific information. (continue)


Roleplaying is an activity where participants take on designated roles and act out characters according to predetermined situations, followed by an evaluation of the activity. People may choose from a range of set roles, for example, local council environment planner, environmentalist, surfrider, developer, natural resource manager and Chamber of Commerce member. (continue)

Community Indicator

Community indicators are statistical measures of a community's quality of life, through which a community can track things getting better or worse. Often they are created through extensive conversations in the community. (continue)

Kitchen Table Discussion

Small meetings within the neighborhood, usually at someone's home or a local coffee shop. These settings make the meeting informal and participants tend to respond to the more relaxed surroundings. Because they are informal, participants generally are more willing to discuss issues and dialogue is maximized. (continue)

Scenario Testing

"Scenarios are a way of developing alternative futures based on different combinations of assumptions, facts and trends, and areas where more understanding is needed for your particular scenario project. They are called 'scenarios' because they are like 'scenes' in the theatre - a series of differing views or presentations of the same general topic." (continue)


A conference is usually organised by a like-minded group or association to share information, present the latest innovations, and/or to make decisions about or on behalf of the organisation. Conferences can vary from 'shoestring' budget gatherings to large-scale, week-long events that may justify hiring a professional conference organiser. (continue)

Media Release

Project information released to various media outlets are called "media releases." Media releases are seen as being official and reflecting the corporation/group/agencies' position or the outcome of a project. They can also be used to raise awareness and generate publicity. (continue)

Search Conference

A search conference is a large-group task-oriented 'conversation' (Emery & Purser 1996). Search conferences emphasize face-to-face interaction among stakeholders to create a new community. The process of meeting and discussion engenders new ideas. The venue and seating plan of the conference are designed to engender conversation and good relationship building. (continue)

Consensus Conference

Consensus Conferences, developed in Denmark, are used in a variety of settings and typically involve a group of citizens with varied backgrounds who meet to discuss issues of a scientific or technical nature. The conference has two stages: the first involves small group meetings with experts to discuss the issues and work towards consensus. The second stage assembles experts, media and the public where the conferences main observations and conclusions are presented. (continue)

Multi Objective Decision Support System

Multi-Objective Decision Support Systems (MODSS) technology allows programs to be developed that focus on management effects in environmental issues. This technology is part of the science of environmental management, which recognizes that natural and social systems are dynamic, interlinked and unpredictable, and need complex systems that allow flexible responses. (continue)