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What makes a great sector workshop

This is part of a series of "what makes a great.." notes to help people who are interested in copying the 2050 calculator. They are ideals, which the UK calculator may not live up to.

After the initial sector research, the next step is to check the assumptions with stakeholders. Typically this would be done in a sector workshop that invites both the proponents and sceptics of a particular technology.

The key assumptions to check are normally the level of deployment of the technology in that sector (e.g., the number of nuclear power stations)

A great sector workshop:

  1. Includes all credible viewpoints.
  2. Aims to capture these viewpoints as a range of levels (see what do we mean by levels 1-4)
  3. Pays attention to the physical limits to the deployment of any particular technology

One approach to structuring a workshop is to:

  1. Introduce the project (can use the UK webtool to illustrate)
  2. Outline the meaning of the 4 levels
  3. Specify what assumption is to be explored (e.g., GW of nuclear in 2050)
  4. Ask the participants to write down their viewpoint of what the numebr should be for each of the 4 levels on separate post-it notes
  5. Put those post-it notes together on the wall, grouped by level
  6. Discuss areas of agreement and disagreement

After the workshop is complete, the conclusions should be written up as a one page note and shared for further feedback.

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