CASCADING DEBATES PROCESS
Until September 2022, several debates will be hosted in different parts of the globe (Kenya, Switzerland, Canada, India, United States, Australia, Mexico, South Africa, Japan, Greece, Argentina), bringing together multiple stakeholders and areas of expertise, to discuss challenges and their local to global presence. Transdisciplinary perspectives on associated topics and recommendations for action on how to tackle those global challenges will be developed. These debates will be either hosted by external partners or integrated into the Falling Walls Engage Hubs.
The debates will follow different deliberative discussion formats and will be documented in a structured way to make the content accessible for all subsequent debates. With this, we ensure the integration of diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives into the debates, the efficacy of solutions designed, and boost faster and global-reaching changes needed to tackle the most pressing global challenges of our time. Further, the Cascading Debates format can be easily replicated globally, enabling its scalability while ensuring the iteration between diverse publics and stakeholders around the world. We think that this format is an effective manner of promoting further engagement of different audiences into tackling global challenges, as well as facilitating and supporting policy decisions informed by diverse expertise.
The perspectives, knowledge, questions and recommendations for action resulting from all the debates will be summarised and documented into online articles (like the ones above), that one can learn from and comment on. In October of 2022, the Cascading Debates project will take part in two conferences/forums (more information in the section below – Representation and Co-Design Events) that will enable the presentation of the format to different stakeholders and further co-design the format, both in terms of approach and discussion topics. Later, in November 2022, all of the inputs from the debates will feed into the content of a Plenary Table integrated in the Falling Walls Science Summit 2022 – a higher-level discussion format with top scientists, industry and funding representatives, as well as decision makers –, thereby making global and diverse voices, perspectives and expertises heard, which not often get a place in the spotlight.
All perspectives collected through the debates, as well as the insights collected through the conferences/forum and Plenary Table, will be integrated into a report to be published in the beginning of 2023, that will serve multiple purposes:
- disseminate an overview on 2022’s process and perspectives;
- make available several recommendations for action to tackle global challenges;
- be a starting point to further define how to transform those recommendations to action into effective action plans, involving the local communities.