The development of this Public Discussion Report differed from the typical sanctuary project discussions that IF uses to generate its discussion reports. This project developed informally among initial online panels (one regional in the upper Midwest of citizen-generalists and one nationwide of specialists-experts) that were organized among those in the general deliberative community. It was co-facilitated with IF staff and other facilitators playing equal roles in guiding development. It did, however, follow IF’s discussion process for exploration and development of contrasting policy possibilities. This preliminary development work was completed in 2010.
This project also differed in that the initial possibilities were further developed in several series of independent public discussions that were organized and facilitated by the report editors. Additionally, our colleagues made numerous suggestions that influenced the final form of this report, with Jeff Prudhomme providing assistance in improving the framing of several possibilities. The report has been used as a starting point for regional energy discussions in southwest Wisconsin and at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
You can download a copy of this report from our “Discussion Reports” page, which lists all of our published reports, or, to download a copy directly, you can either click on the blue pdf button in the sidebar to the right or on the following link: The Future of Energy (24 pages/2.9 MB).