One of the main problem of designing public participation is the risk of implementing untested solutions in the wild.
EMPAVILLE is a unique do it yourself technology that simulates different use case scenarios of Empatia. It can be used in a variety of ways:
a) teach different models of participation to the public and in schools
b) design new features of an existing model of public participation and test them in a sandbox
c) user test new technologies
We already implemented EMPAVILLE multiple times in academic conferences, practitioners conferences, planning meetings with city officials and in schools.