From September to October 2017, the 27 members of the Citizens' Council for Dealing with Land in Vorarlberg convened to discuss what a careful and forward-looking use of land in Vorarlberg might look like.
Problems and Purpose
Two key questions were at the center of this mini-public:
- What can a diligent and forward-looking handling of land and soil look like?
- How can future generations find a healthy and sustainable living space as well, which satisfies todays’ needs? 
Background History and Context
This mini-public was the first of its kind in Vorarlberg.
Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities
The mini-public was a bottom-up initiative of a network of people concerned with soil and land. They collected almost 1400 signatures (1000 needed), handed it to the regional government, which then had to commission a mini-public (Bürgerrat) on this topic. The organization of the initiative was handed to the “Büro für Zukunftsfragen” and the department “Raumplanung und Baurecht” – in consultation with the initiating group. 
Participant Recruitment and Selection
All participants were selected on the basis of representative criteria. It is unclear however which ones exactly were applied. Out of around 600 first-round invitations, 29 responded positively and 27 attended. The final sample comprised people aged between 22 and 72 years old, while they were 17 men and 10 women. 
Methods and Tools Used
What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation
The mini-public formulated a set of policy recommendations, which can be clustered around three main topics: (1) affordable housing, (2) keeping natural space, (3) agriculture. 
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Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
The recommendations were presented at a public Bürgercafé (Citizens’ Café) in front of interested citizens and politicians on October 3rd 2017 in Rankweil (Vinomnasaal). Eventually, a “stakeholder meeting” (Resonanzgruppe) on October 11th 2017 was held, discussing on how the recommendations can be used in the policy process. Along with the participants of the mini-public, politicians, public servants, environmentalists, citizens, and the initiators of the mini-public participated. Recommendations were promised by politicians to be used for the development of the process “Raumbild 2030” – a long term strategy on soil. 
Analysis and Lessons Learned
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Data was sourced from OECD (2020), Innovative Citizen Participation and New Democratic Institutions: Catching the Deliberative Wave, OECD Publishing, Paris, https://doi.org/10.1787/339306da-en.