One of the Trottier Energy Futures Project’s central goals is to bring together low-carbon solutions from outside the energy system. We’ll only find those solutions by drawing in knowledge and enthusiasm from the sectors of the economy—from buildings, to industry, to transportation, to investment and finance—where energy demand originates.
But how do you bring together people with different training, experience, knowledge, and beliefs, then ask them to build solutions that no individual participant could have fully imagined when they walked into the room? Facilitated dialogue and deliberation is essential to the TEFP’s search for a low-carbon energy future built on:
- Mutual trust, understanding, and good faith
- A shared interest in creative solutions that extend beyond the boundaries of the energy system
- A sense of community across sectors and disciplines
- A common commitment to listening, collaborating, and devising solutions that are larger and more comprehensive than any one participant could have come up with on their own.
Using the CanESS simulation model, the TEFP supplies the data for specialist dialogues and defines questions for deliberation to help fill gaps in the available knowledge. Participants share their own insights and experience to decide what the data means and, most crucially, what can be done to address specific challenges on the road to a low-carbon energy future.
The Trottier Project hosted its first dialogue in partnership with Carbon Talks, a team of deliberation specialists and facilitators affiliated with Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.