The decision arena is a result of research within interactive visualization and participatory research and is currently used in research projects on for example climate change, vulnerability, environmental communication, and critical visual analysis. The use of the arena is characterized by research activities.
For example, it has been used in, e.g. crisis management, urban planning, and investigations.
- Meetings, where all participants look at a person's presentation, are not effective in, for example, urban planning or crisis management. Different scenarios and measures need to be easily comparable. The arena is the answer to a need for greater interactivity, says researcher Tina-Simone Neset, one of the founders of the arena.
Former guests say
"I was in the decision arena and participated in a project meeting in connection with the development of a climate adaptation concept as 'serious gaming.' The project meeting showed what the project had achieved so far but also plans for further development. It was impressive to see how quickly it was possible to change the presenter. The surrounding screen gave a very nice feeling of presence and an incredible overview."
Magnus Rödin, SMHI
"We used the decision arena in the project Future Travel in Norrköping in connection with the development of a goal for the project group. The technical possibilities of the decision arena contributed to creating context and overview for us in a good way. I can warmly recommend the decision arena for working groups that have complex tasks to solve and need to see the whole. "
Anna Larsson, municipality of Norrköping
"We used the decision arena in a research project to discuss information about risks in a changed climate together with climate researchers and users/stakeholders. It was exciting to be in the decision arena, as it gave new dimensions to the discussions and let us view and explore the information in a more interactive way. It was a bit challenging to take advantage of the arena's technical possibilities and it took some time to get acquainted with the format. However, the decision arena came into its own when all the participants had their material to show and compare with each other. The round table promoted an open discussion environment, which was mentioned by several of the participants afterward. "
Karin André, Stockholm Environmental Institute