What is a planning cell?

A planning cell is a group of about 25 randomly selected citizens, who are released from their daily work duties for about one week in order to work in groups on solutions for a given planning problem. The results of their consultations are summarized in a so-called citizen’s report and made available to the political decision-making bodies as a consultation document.

Planungszellen Datenbank Cartoon

The nexus Planning cells database

Planning Cells are just like Citizens Juries a form of citizens participation based on a random selection of participants. His database was created by the nexus institute which is run by Prof. Hans-Liudger Dienel, the son of Prof. Peter Dienel who developed the German version of the Citizen’s Jury, Planning Cell (Planungszelle). It aims to allow anyone interested an easier access to information about Citizens Juries conducted so far.

Planungszelle und Bürgergutachten in München zum „Kunstareal

Der Freistaat Bayern und die Landeshauptstadt München vereinbarten 2009, die Museums-, Kunst- und Wissenschaftslandschaft rund um die Pinakotheken und den Königsplatz gemeinsam voranzutreiben.

Die Planungszelle

Description of planning cell and citizen’s reports

The planning cell was developed as a method in the early 1970s by Peter C. Dienel and has been used extensively since then.
Planning cells are intended to enable people to assume their responsibility as responsible members of society or part of an organisation and to contribute their special skills to solve existing problems. By bringing together those affected and topic-specific experts, the planning cell is an extremely effective instrument for dealing with problems or developing new concepts.

Institute, die Planungszellen durchführen + Qualitätsnetz Bürgergutachten

Seit 2009 arbeiten die hier aufgeführten Institute, die Planungszellen bzw. Bürgerguachten durchführen, in einem Qualitätsnetz zusammen. Im Austausch über geplante und durchgeführte Projekte sichern die Instiute so einen hohen, einheitlichen Standard des Bürgerbeteiligungsverfahrens.

Demokratisch Praktisch Gut

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Peter Dienel

He was the first to design the citizen participation procedure “planning cell”.

For his achievements in this field he was honoured in 2003 by the Federal President Johannes Rau with the Federal Cross of Merit 1st Class.