The Mistra Environmental Communication Research Programme Component at the Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism (ICSJ)

WP5 Participatory tools


One of the building blocks of Mistra Environmental Communication Work Package 5 (media and art) is its team of academic researchers and societal partners working together in a collaborative and participatory fashion throughout all the project’s research stages. This way of working will enable us to jointly build knowledge concerning engaging, and relevant for society, ways of communicating about the environment.

This collaborative mode of working is translated into a set of activities and tools, which consist of:

Sounding board group

The WP5 team (=WP5 researchers and WP5 societal partners) will act as a ‘sounding board’ providing feedback on issues formulated by the WP5 researchers, that concern mainly research methods, procedure and implementation.


Informal, not tightly structured meetings around a jointly agreed topic, on issues of shared concern (about the environment and/or communication) among the WP5 team. Unconferences will combine short presentations and devoted time for discussion among the participants.

(Video) letters

(Video) letters are meant to instigate intellectual dialogue and reflection about issues of common concern. A letter can be sent in a video, but also in audio or text format from one member of the WP5 team to another member, addressing a question, or inviting for a comment or reflection. The recipient is expected then to respond to the letter, using the format of her/his preference.

Public lectures

Public lectures will be offered by the WP5 team’s societal partners. The public will have the opportunity to profit from the societal partners’ expertise, as they share their practice- and experience-related knowledge, developed in their field of activity.


The set of activities that relate to co-production among the WP5 team members is broad. Co-production may involve, for example, the joint production of videos, co-authorship of texts and research articles, co-curation of the project’s exhibition, etc.

The first four instruments are described in detail, on the separate pages. An explanatory note on the set of activities and tools that relate to co-production will be added in due course.

What it is

A “Sounding board” is an open, flexible way of testing ideas and receiving feedback, either from a person or a group. It can be done either face-to-face or in asynchronous modes of communication. For our purposes at WP5, our sounding board activities can take the form of providing feedb...


What it is

The activity of letters borrows from the long tradition of the Republic of Letters, a diverse community of scholars that could maintain long-distance intellectual exchange by sending letters via post, in Europe and in the America, in 17th-18th centuries. A letter can be sent in a video,...


What it is

Unconferences are informal, not tightly structured meetings around a jointly agreed topic. They can have a flexible structure. For our purposes, they can include short presentations in different formats by a small number of participants (3-5) combined with devoted time and space for the...


What it is

Public lectures will be offered by the WP5 related societal partners. The primary aim of these lectures is to have our societal partners share their knowledge with (all of) us, taking into consideration that they should not be obliged to exclusively use an academic or scientific communi...