This collaboration between NASA, the US government’s space agency, and a group led by Arizona State University called ECAST—Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology—offered ordinary citizens to weigh in on NASA’s Asteroid Initiative.
During phase 1 of the project, two large-scale in-person forums took place in November 2014 in Phoenix, AZ and Boston, MA. In addition, an online deliberation event using Zilino (ecastonline.zilino.com) allowed participation from a geographically diverse audience.
Phase 2 of the project relied on Consider.it (ecastonline.consider.it):
The next phase of Informing NASA’s Asteroid Initiative is an open forum where we invite everyone to participate and weigh in on the questions considered by the in-person and online forums.
ECAST is a network of different institutions, launched in 2010 to provide a 21st Century model for technology assessment. It combines the research strengths of universities like Arizona State University with the skills of nonpartisan policy research organizations and the education and outreach capabilities of science museums and citizen science programs.