Managing the Responsible Emergence of Science and Innovation in SocietyThis week saw the digital release of Richard Owen, John Bessant and Maggie Heintz's book entitled Responsible Innovation: Managing the Responsible Emergence of Science and Innovation in Society.
by Redazione FGB, 30 April 2013 Permalink
Italian Design: achieving the improbable, innovating with beautyOn 28 February 2013 in Rome at the Farnesina, the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs presented The Year of Italian Culture in the USA. Fondazione Giannino Bassetti has accepted the challenge, and has for some time been working to convince Milan and Italy to take a road towards the economy of beauty. Not to replicate the status quo, but to foresee a scenario beyond the contingent, something improbable to achieve.
by Redazione FGB, 24 April 2013 Permalink
The Karp Laboratory for Advanced Biomaterials and Stem Cell Based TherapeuticsIn this article Jonny Hankins describes his visit to the Karp laboratory in Cambridge.
by Jonny Hankins, 12 April 2013 Permalink
A Conversation with Hilary Sutcliffe of MatterJonny Hankins interviews Hilary Sutcliffe, the Director of the think tank Matter.
by Jonny Hankins, 4 April 2013 Permalink
The Future of Energy at Harvard UniversityIn this post Jonny Hankins reviews the first in a lecture series entitled The future of Energy at Harvard University.
by Jonny Hankins, 8 March 2013 Permalink
A Report On Responsible Research and InnovationAs a follow up to my post regarding René Von Schomberg's Matrix for Responsible Innovation I would like to point readers towards a freely downloadable document entitled 'A Report On Responsible Research and Innovation'.
by Jonny Hankins, 26 February 2013 Permalink
An Interview with Chris Howard, CEO of LibbooIn this interview Jonny hankins poses questions of responsibility and ethics surrounding Libboo's use and patenting requests for an innovative method of measuring how certain individuals may be able to exert influence over others.
by Jonny Hankins, 31 January 2013 Permalink
Nuffield Council on Bioethics Biotechnologies ReportIn December of last year the Nuffield Council on Bioethics published a report entitled Emerging Biotechnologies: technology, choice and the public good. In this post Jonny Hankins reviews the report and its findings and recommendations.
by Jonny Hankins, 18 January 2013 Permalink
Global Risk 2012, World Economic Forum ReportRecently the World Economic Forum released its Global Risk 2012 report, the seventh in an annual series of such reports and an initiative of their Risk Response Network. In this article Jonny Hankins outlines their findings and conclusions.
by Redazione FGB, 7 January 2013 Permalink
Risk and Responsibility in Innovation. Videos.On November 27, 2012 at Università Bocconi, Michael Bruch held a lecture on the role insurers can play in the development of innovative technologies such as nanotechnologies. Here the videos and other materials.
by Redazione FGB, 4 January 2013 Permalink
Risk and Responsibility in Innovation.On November 27, 2012 at Università Bocconi, Michael Bruch, Head of Research & Development - Risk Consulting at Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty (AGCS) and risk expert at the Allianz Center for Technology (AZT), held a lecture on the role insurers can play in the development of innovative technologies such as nanotechnologies.
by Redazione FGB, 4 January 2013 Permalink
2012, a Review of the Year2012 was a busy year for the Bassetti Foundation. In this post we take a look back at some of the major events.
by Redazione FGB, 24 December 2012 Permalink
A Handbook for Responsible InnovationIt is a collection of articles written by Jonny Hankins over the last 2 years. The handbook is divided into 'macro arguments': synthetic biology and nanotechnology, bioethics and information and knowledge, with the opening chapter offering an overview of developments in thinking around responsible innovation.
by Redazione FGB, 6 December 2012 Permalink
Commercial Drone Management and RegulationDrones have become much smaller and cheaper and this has lead to suggestions that their use on mass will present privacy issues for the general public.
by Jonny Hankins, 8 November 2012 Permalink
November 2012. The Revamped Bassetti Foundation WebsiteDear readers, surfers and collaborators, after 6 years we are redesigning, and we ask your opinions. The new site is still a work in progress, we merely ask you to go and visit the pages. You will find the same articles presented slightly differently, and many new ways to find and reach them.
by Alessandro Scoscia, Redazione FGB, Tommaso Correale Santacroce, 6 November 2012 Permalink
Battle for the InternetEarlier this year the Guardian newspaper ran an interesting series entitled 'Battle for the Internet'. The series is available online and makes a very interesting read.
by Jonny Hankins, 5 November 2012 Permalink
The work of the Observatory for Responsible InnovationIn this article we take a look at the work of the Observatory for Responsible Innovation, based at Mines ParisTech's engineering school in Paris, France.
by Redazione FGB, 30 October 2012 Permalink
How Automation is Changing the Economy, a Debate.In this post Jonny Hankins reviews a live discussion forum entitled "The New Economy: How Automation is Changing the Game".
by Jonny Hankins, 8 October 2012 Permalink
Von Schomberg's Responsible Innovation MatrixRené Von Schomberg is the Directorate General for Research at the European Commission and has recently published an article and a 'Responsible Research and Innovation Matrix' on his blog.
by Redazione FGB, 26 September 2012 Permalink
Smart Cities courseHarvard Graduate school of Design offers a course entitled Smart Cities: An introduction to urban Integrated Networked Solutions, and may well be one of the leading exponents of responsible innovation through design.
by Jonny Hankins, 13 September 2012 Permalink
Harvard's Journalist's Resource CenterAt the University of Harvard staff have created a Journalist's Resource Center, in order to provide writers with access to reports that may help them in their work.
by Jonny Hankins, 7 September 2012 Permalink
Entrepreneurship and Technical Change, a Book ReviewIn this article Jonny Hankins reviews the book Entrepreneurship and Technological Change, edited by Lucio Cassia, Tommaso Minola and Stefano Paleari.
by Jonny Hankins, 16 August 2012 Permalink
Super seeing, US Military Eye EnhancementLast week the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera published an article about US military use of Laser treatment to enhance vision.
by Jonny Hankins, 2 August 2012 Permalink
Some Responsible Design ProjectsIn this post I would like to point readers towards some interesting design projects that I have come across during my online research and my travels around the US and Europe.
by Jonny Hankins, 26 July 2012 Permalink
Uncertainty and disquietThe call for papers "Who is Responsible" has invited ethnographic reflections on the diverse meanings and use of a term, "responsibility" which "has become such a conspicuous terms in contemporary thought styles", to highlight its salience in contemporary culture and governance.
by Cristina Grasseni, 23 July 2012 Permalink
Fukushima Report ReleasedIn this article Jonny Hankins takes a look at The Official Report of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Committee.
by Jonny Hankins, 13 July 2012 Permalink
23andMe Awarded Their First PatentFollowing on from my post about my attendance at the Architecture for Life conference at the Kennedy School of Government I would like to direct readers to a very interesting and informative article.
by Jonny Hankins, 2 July 2012 Permalink
Sequencing the Genome of Unborn BabiesThe New York Times recently carried a story on its front page that is rapidly spreading in which it reported that an unborn baby's DNA was sequenced. What are the implications?
by Jonny Hankins, 13 June 2012 Permalink
Launch of the UCS Center for Science and DemocracyOn Thursday May 17th 2012 Jonny Hankins attended the launch of The Union of Concerned Scientists' Center for Science and Democracy. This is his report
by Jonny Hankins, 8 June 2012 Permalink
The potential role of science communication in PakistanPublic communication of science and technology is generating knowledge and a rapid awareness in a variety of areas including rural, agro-based and related disciplines. Quick scientific and technical packages are developed for dissemination to the pertinent clients mostly located in countryside areas.
by Saima Siddiqui, 5 June 2012 Permalink
Who's Responsible?The 2012 European Association of Social Anthropologists conference (EASA) takes place at Université Paris Nanterre in July of this year, and long time collaborator Cristina Grasseni will participate on a panel on behalf of the Bassetti Foundation, as part of an event entitled 'Who's Responsible?'
by Jonny Hankins, Redazione FGB, 30 May 2012 Permalink
Architecture and public science communicationby Patricia Ríos Cabello. The role of aesthetics and design in science and technology museum. The collaboration of scientists, architects, and the public itself, must be kept in mind as an asset to communicate scientific knowledge and promote public engagement.
by Patricia Ríos Cabello, 25 May 2012 Permalink
'It feels like the right thing to do': ethical perspectives of open scienceby Ann Grand. Open science. Developed partly as a practical means to support multi-site and multi-national collaborations, it also embodies a philosophical approach to the conduct of science.
by Ann Grand, 24 May 2012 Permalink
Responsibility and Communication at PCST 2012 - part 2In Florence on 20th April 2012 the Bassetti Foundation organized a seminar as part of the Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference (PCST 2012). This international conference hosted scientists, delegates from scientific institutions, researchers and journalists. What follows is a review of the papers and video of the seminar.
by Margherita Fronte, 22 May 2012 Permalink
Responsibility and Communication at PCST 2012 - part 1In Florence on 20th April 2012 the Bassetti Foundation organized a seminar as part of the Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference (PCST 2012). This international conference hosted scientists, delegates from scientific institutions, researchers and journalists. What follows is a review of the papers and video of the seminar.
by Margherita Fronte, 22 May 2012 Permalink
28 Seeds, a review of the eventThis week saw the final evening of an extremely successful Boston Center for the Arts run of the multimedia event entitled "28 Seeds"
by Jonny Hankins, 17 May 2012 Permalink
Architectures for Life with 23andMe, a Report - part 3On the 17th of April Jonny Hankins attended a lecture given by Anne Wojcicki, CEO of direct to consumer genetics company 23andMe and a follow-on workshop. This is his report. Part 3
Architectures for Life with 23andMe, a Report - part 2On the 17th of April Jonny Hankins attended a lecture given by Anne Wojcicki, CEO of direct to consumer genetics company 23andMe and a follow-on workshop. This is his report. Part 2
Architectures for Life with 23andMe, a Report - part 1On the 17th of April Jonny Hankins attended a lecture given by Anne Wojcicki, CEO of direct to consumer genetics company 23andMe and a follow-on workshop. This is his report.
Safeguarding Venice, the Mose ProjectOn March 20th 2012 MIT hosted an event entitled 'The Safeguarding of Venice and its Lagoon: The Mose System' and Jonny Hankins was present as representative of the Bassetti Foundation.
by Jonny Hankins, Redazione FGB, 24 April 2012 Permalink
A Conversation with Pallavi Phartiyal - part 2In this post Jonny Hankins speaks to Pallavi Phartiyal of the Union of Concerned Scientists about their new Center for Science and Democracy. (Part 2)
by Jonny Hankins, 12 April 2012 Permalink
A Conversation with Pallavi Phartiyal - part 1In this post Jonny Hankins speaks to Pallavi Phartiyal of the Union of Concerned Scientists about their new Center for Science and Democracy.
by Jonny Hankins, 12 April 2012 Permalink
International Public Communication of Science and Technology ConferenceNotes on the Bassetti Foundation promoted panel in Florence, Italy, 20th April 2012. In drawing the framework for the seminar we began from a passage that we retain necessary, that of the passage from the individual responsibility held by the communicator to the stronger collective responsibility of the system.
by Redazione FGB, 6 April 2012 Permalink
A Research Strategy for Engineered NanotechnologiesEarlier this year the National Research Council of the National Academies published a document entitled 'A Research Strategy for Environmental, Health and Safety Aspects of Engineered Nanotechnologies'
by Redazione FGB, 16 March 2012 Permalink
Layers of UncertaintyA report from the third Science Technology Policy Crossroads symposium at the Harvard University Science Centre. The symposium was entitled 'Layers of Uncertainty: Conversations on the role of uncertainty in science and technology policy'.
by Redazione FGB, 8 March 2012 Permalink
Intellectual Property and Responsibility (part 3)Professor Biagioli was kind enough to dedicate some of his time to the Foundation in the form of a conversation with Jonny Hankins. Topics covered were varied, but the major theme running through the discussion is responsibility in the patenting process. (Part 3)
Intellectual Property and Responsibility (part 2)Professor Biagioli was kind enough to dedicate some of his time to the Foundation in the form of a conversation with Jonny Hankins. Topics covered were varied, but the major theme running through the discussion is responsibility in the patenting process. (Part 2)
Intellectual Property and ResponsibilityProfessor Biagioli was kind enough to dedicate some of his time to the Foundation in the form of a conversation with Jonny Hankins. Topics covered were varied, but the major theme running through the discussion is responsibility in the patenting process.
Mapping Controversies, an interview with Vincent Antonin LepinayMapping Controversies in Science and Technology for Politics is the title of an EU sponsored project. Jonny Hankins interviewed Vincent Antonin Lepinay, lecturer on the course.
by Redazione FGB, 30 January 2012 Permalink
2011 and Beyond for the Bassetti Foundation2011 was once more a busy year for the Bassetti Foundation, marking the beginnings of several projects that will run through 2012 and beyond. The following is a review of some of the major events that occurred throughout the year, things to look forward to in the new year now unfolding, a taster of the Foundation's work and a picture of its approach in addressing the problem of responsibility in innovation.
by Redazione FGB, 23 January 2012 Permalink
Ethics, Human Enhancement and Genetics. Report and Videoby Virginia Sanchini. The aim of the workshop was to investigate how the latest progress in biotechnologies impacts our understanding of the traditional matters of moral and political philosophy. Report, Video and Photos.
by Redazione FGB, 9 December 2011 Permalink
A discussion with Congressman Michael E. Capuano - part 2In this Jonny Hankins talks to Congressman Michael E. Capuano, whose territory in Boston hosts some of the biggest names in research and innovation today. Part 2
by Redazione FGB, 24 October 2011 Permalink
A discussion with Congressman Michael E. Capuano - part 1In this Jonny Hankins talks to Congressman Michael E. Capuano, whose territory in Boston hosts some of the biggest names in research and innovation today. Part 1
by Redazione FGB, 24 October 2011 Permalink
Innovating FoodIn the light of the 'Innovating Food, Innovating the Law' conference taking place in Piacenza this weekend, we take a look at the history of the food argument on this website.
by Redazione FGB, 13 October 2011 Permalink
Dan Sperber. New ways to describe and structure the societiesby Angela Simone. As if it were recently invented, the word interdisciplinarity can ever more regularly be heard in discussions both outside and within academia. After years of pushing towards...
by Redazione FGB, 29 August 2011 Permalink
Dan Sperber at the European Congress of Analytic PhilosophyThe Giannino Bassetti Foundation is presenting a lecture by Dan Sperber within the framework of the seventh European Congress of Analytic Philosophy
by Redazione FGB, 27 August 2011 Permalink
A discussion with Marta Milani about sportIn view of the news that South African athlete Oscar Pistorius (often referred to as blade runner due to his prosthetic limbs) has run the qualifying time for the 2012 Olympics in London, Jonny Hankins speaks to Italian National 400 metre runner Marta Milani about the human body, technology in sports and their effects upon performance.
by Redazione FGB, 20 July 2011 Permalink
Consuming Genomes: Constructing the Genetic Consumer in the United StatesOn May 16th 2011 Margaret Curnutte gave her talk at the Foundation premises on "Consuming Genomes: Constructing the Genetic Consumer in the United States" as part of her Harvard Bassetti scholarship. Video, photos and other materials
by Redazione FGB, 12 July 2011 Permalink
Itinerary: Communicating ScienceIn light of the Bassetti Foundation's announcement of their involvement in the 2012 Public Communication of Science and Technology Network conference and related call for abstracts for funding, Jonny Hankins reviews some of the related materials available on the foundation website.
by Redazione FGB, 20 June 2011 Permalink
Prof. Colin Sage on Food and McMeekinThe following comment was written and sent to the Bassetti Foundation by Prof. Colin Sage, senior lecturer within the Geography Department at University College Cork, and refers to the interview with Prof. Andrew McMeekin posted on this site on 20th april 2011.
by Redazione FGB, 26 May 2011 Permalink
Notes from the Responsible Innovation ConferenceThe Responsible Innovation conference, held in Den Haag April 18-19, 2011, was a milestone in discussions of responsible innovation.
by Redazione FGB, 17 May 2011 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
Responsibility and innovation: a business perspective (part 2)In March 2011 prof. Andrew McMeekin was kind enough to participate in a conversation with Jonny Hankins in which he discussed (amongst other things) innovation, responsibility, sustainability and governance. This is the second part.
by Redazione FGB, 21 April 2011 Permalink
Responsibility and innovation: a business perspectiveIn March 2011 prof. Andrew McMeekin was kind enough to participate in a conversation with Jonny Hankins in which he discussed (amongst other things) innovation, responsibility, sustainability and governance.
by Redazione FGB, 20 April 2011 Permalink
Sustainable innovations: forging partnerships, knowledge exchange, and reciprocityThese are the abstracts of the papers presented in the panel "Sustainable Innovations: Forging Partnerships, Knowledge Exchange, And Reciprocity". The panel was presented at the 2010 American Anthropological Association Annual...
by Redazione FGB, 10 February 2011 Permalink
Responsible Innovation / Sustainable InnovationThis is the paper that Jeff Ubois presented last November 2010 at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. The presentation was part of the panel organized by Cristina Orsatti entitled 'Sustainable Innovations: Forging Partnerships, Knowledge Exchange, And Reciprocity'.
by Redazione FGB, 2 February 2011 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
The Royal Society, a font of informationIn this posting Jonny Hankins takes a look at the work of the Royal Society's Science Policy Centre: a mine of free and well informed information for anyone that wants it.
by Redazione FGB, 26 January 2011 Permalink
2010 - That was the year that was2010 was a busy year for the Foundation. Several meetings were held at the foundation conference suite in Milan and members of the staff traveled widely in order to participate...
by Redazione FGB, 7 January 2011 Permalink
The 'moral imperative' of biotech foodAmong the many U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks is one that details U.S. pressure on the Vatican to change its stance on agricultural biotechnology. U.S. officials stated "We will continue to press the "moral imperative" of biotech...
by Redazione FGB, 4 January 2011 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
Sustainable Innovation at the American Anthropological Association (AAA)Last week the American Anthropological Association (AAA) hosted a discussion about sustainable innovation. Grounded in observations of social practice in particular localities, two points were particularly striking. One was the close relationship between responsibility and sustainability; to be responsible, innovation must be sustainable...
by Redazione FGB, 2 December 2010 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
Change makersby Peter Goldmark. On the Changemakers site, if you click through to Competitions, you will find a series of global competitions seeking proposals to "change" or "improve" a particular system, or approach a specific problem, sponsored usually by a corporation or non-profit agency.
by Redazione FGB, 11 November 2010 Permalink
Practicing Responsibilities: social engagement, controversy and innovationAt the Trento EASST conference, held 1-4th September 2010, workshop/track 32. "Practicing Responsibilities" was co-chaired by Cristina Grasseni (University of Bergamo / Bassetti Foundation); Luca Guzzetti (University of Genova) and Giuseppe Pellegrini (University of Padova) within the theme "social engagement, controversy and innovation".
by Redazione FGB, 4 November 2010 Permalink
Citizen ScienceIn this posting Jonny Hankins takes a look at the phenomena of citizen science, its history and possible future.
by Redazione FGB, 11 October 2010 Permalink
Preventative governanceOn Wednesday 7th July, Professor David Guston of the Arizona State University presented the work of the CSPO (Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes) and the CSN-ASU (Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University) at an invitation seminar held here at the Bassetti Foundation...
by Redazione FGB, 16 July 2010 Permalink
A man, his history and his DNAOne of humankind's oldest needs - to know oneself. One of the most modern technologies - the DNA testing of a single individual. This theme was raised during the round table discussion that was held in The Bassetti Foundation conference suite.
by Redazione FGB, 2 July 2010 Permalink
Different forms of expertiseOn Monday 3rd of May a seminar was held in The Bassetti Foundation conference suite with Dr Wiebe E. Bijker, Professor of Technology and Society at The University of Maastricht in Holland. we now make the video and audio recordings of the seminar available in English.
by Redazione FGB, 12 May 2010 Permalink
Memory and ResponsibilityLast month, with the support of the Bassetti Foundation, more than 60 people met at the Internet Archive in San Francisco to discuss the future of personal digital archives and the implications of innovations and new technologies related to personal and collective memory. ...
by Redazione FGB, 24 March 2010 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
Drones and other robots of warRecently the press has been full of articles addressing the legality or illegality of the military use of unmanned drone aircraft in the war against terror. Their use as well as the use of other human controlled robot weaponry presents a series of ethical, moral, technical and legal problems, often more down to the way they are deployed than the actual machines themselves.
by Jonny Hankins, 4 March 2010 Permalink
Practicing ResponsibilityIn the imminence of the deadline for submitting abstracts (15th March) I bring to our readers' attention the following call for papers, co-organised by the Bassetti Foundation, for a session at the next EASST conference (European Association for the Study of Science and Technology), which will take place in Trento, September 2-4th 2010, in collaboration with STS Italia.
by Redazione FGB, 1 March 2010 Permalink
That was the year that was2009 was a busy year for the foundation. The following review aims at giving the reader an overview of the foundation's work by looking at its involvement in conferences, seminars, publications, education and the promotion of debate throughout the year.
by Redazione FGB, 17 January 2010 Permalink
A short review: Conversations On Innovation, Power And ResponsibilityLast week we put online a new publication of the Foundation Bassetti entitled "Conversations On Innovation, Power And Responsibility", written by Jeff Ubois and available in hard copy, downloadable pdf or Issuu (on line) versions. It is a resume' of conversations conducted between Mr Ubois and 12 internationally renowned innovators and thinkers
by Redazione FGB, 8 January 2010 Permalink
New Publication from FGB: Conversations on Innovation, Power and ResponsibilityThe Fondazione Giannino Bassetti's new publication, Conversations on Innovation, Power and Responsibility highlights approaches to responsibility in innovation taken by leading practitioners in disruptive fields.
by Redazione FGB, 2 January 2010 Permalink
Innovation may produce unexpected side effectsThe latest edition of the economics journal "Project M" features an interview with Foundation President Piero Bassetti. The interview addresses the issues that are closest to The President's heart: how can we firstly define innovation and responsibility and secondly push innovators into thinking ethically about the consequences of their actions, given the possibly far-reaching and unforeseeable effects of their choices and decisions.
by Redazione FGB, 11 December 2009 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
Proceedings of The Network Society, Business, Innovation and Responsibility' conferenceIn this the first of two postings reporting the proceedings of the conference entitled 'The Network Society, Business, Innovation and Responsibility', Jonny Hankins provides a summary of the speakers' presentations.
by Redazione FGB, 25 November 2009 Permalink
Notes from EPIC 2009: Innovation as a commodityIn September I went to Chicago for the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference (EPIC 2009). EPIC draws from a mix of different communities, including design, computing, social science, and anthropology as conducted in academic and corporate research settings.
by Redazione FGB, 19 November 2009 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
"Where are we going?"The ironic title above hints at the fact that after many years of communication through our own site we have decided to spread the argument of responsibility and innovation through various social networking websites.
by Redazione FGB, 12 November 2009 Permalink
Towards Transparency -- or Lysenkoism?Transparency and discussions of values would seem to be a cornerstone of responsibility in innovation. But to be effective, questions and processes of disclosure intended to foster transparency need to focus on those areas where conflicts of interest are meaningful.
by Redazione FGB, 4 November 2009 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
Drugs for People, not for Profit.In this article Jonny Hankins focuses his attention upon a report entitled 'A Bitter Pill To Swallow, Drugs for people, not just for profit'. Published by the think-tank Compass the report offers a critique into the current state of the pharmaceutics industry and the societal responsibility that it bears.
by Redazione FGB, 10 September 2009 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
Bio-orthopaedics between innovation and health policiesAn interview with Alberto Gobbi. Maria Cristina Paganoni proposes an interview about the current cutting-edge research on regeneration therapies in cartilage damage, the relevant opportunities for a strategic rethinking on health policy in this area, and its impact on the social and collective thinking about issues of health and self care.
by Redazione FGB, 29 July 2009 Permalink
Media, Innovation, and BioethicsMedia play a major role in the healthcare system, affecting medical research, public policy, clinical practice, and self care. Many of the goals of bioethical practice, including patient wellness, patient...
by Redazione FGB, 9 July 2009 Permalink
Humanizing Tomorrow's BiomedicineThe Bassetti Foundation is pleased to announce its association with and participation at the 13th International Intensive Course in Bioethics entitled Humanizing Tomorrow's Biomedicine, that takes place between the 13th to the 24th of July 2009 in Udine, Italy.
by Redazione FGB, 4 July 2009 Permalink
New Developments in Solar Power TechnologyIn this his second posting on sustainability, Jonny Hankins looks at one of the great challenges facing the renewable energy industry, how to make solar energy production cheaper for the end user.
by Redazione FGB, 20 May 2009 Permalink
The mechanization of Empathy in Health Care - 2. Takanori ShibataSecond part of the report on "technology and empathy in the context of health care" held in January. During the conference, Dr. Shibata presented essential aspects of the idea of a "Robot Therapy". Dr. Shibata is Senior Researcher at Japan's Institute of Advanced Industrial Sciences and Technology AIST (Tsukuba, Japan). He is the inventor of PARO.
by Redazione FGB, 8 May 2009 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
Nature, New Yorker on Cognitive EnhancementBack in December, Nature published a remarkable editorial, Towards Responsible Use of Cognitive-enhancing Drugs by the Healthy, that concludes "Safe and effective cognitive enhancers will benefit both the individual and society...But it would also be foolish to ignore problems that such use of drugs could create or exacerbate."
by Redazione FGB, 5 May 2009 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
Scott Berkun on Responsibility and ResistanceScott Berkun is the author of The Myths of Innovation, which examines common pre- and mis-conceptions about innovation, and Making Things Happen, a book about project management. In this wide ranging discussion, Berkun offers some useful definitions of innovation, discusses resistance to innovation, and outlines some ideas on corporate responsibility (and irresponsibility).
by Redazione FGB, 14 April 2009 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
The Marrakech Process on sustainable consumption and productionInterpreting responsibility as sustainability, Jonny Hankins takes a look at a global project coordinated by the United Nations and going by the name of the Marrakech project.
by Redazione FGB, 10 April 2009 Permalink
Springer Handbook of RoboticsOn February 5, the "Springer Handbook of Robotics" by Bruno Siciliano and Oussama Khatib has won two awards "PROS Awards 2008". Prose Awards are the American equivalent of the Oscar awards in the scientific and professional field. Inside, a chapter of Veruggio and Operto entitled "Roboethics: Social and Ethical Implications of Robotics" which discusses the basic principles of roboethics, new ethics applied to robotics and robot lemmas.
by Redazione FGB, 19 March 2009 Permalink
The mechanization of Empathy in Health Care - 1. Maja J. MatarićOn January 24, 2009 was held at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto an international workshop on "technology and empathy in the context of health care". Given the thematic orientation of this blog, the followsing report will concentrate on the second half of the workshop (centered on the relational implications of the therapeutic use of robots) that was organized around the interventions of two internationally recognised pioneers in the therapeutic use of robots.
by Redazione FGB, 3 March 2009 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
Satellite traffic problemsOn February 10th there was a traffic accident of a new type. Two satellites were involved, one an American "Iridium" communications satellite and the other an abandoned Russian "Cosmos" military satellite. The American satellite was still in use but the Russian machine had been out of service since 1995 and was no longer actively controlled. It had been launched on 16th June 1993 and was in service for 2 years. The crash took place 491miles above Siberia in one of the most popular orbits for these types of vehicle (military, weather and communications).
by Redazione FGB, 24 February 2009 Permalink
Regulating nanotechnology through private actors?by Brice Laurent. While some public officials claim that the potential risks of nanotechnology will be managed as early as possible, numerous questions are raised about the relevance of existing regulation for the many different nano-products.
by Redazione FGB, 23 February 2009 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
Judith Estrin: Closing the Innovation GapIn this wide ranging interview, Estrin explains how business and political leaders can embrace policies that embody the values associated with innovation - openness, risk, questioning, persistence, and trust. And she warns that recent changes in business and government practice are putting innovation in the U.S. at risk.
by Redazione FGB, 30 January 2009 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
Asking the relevant questions about public participationby Brice Laurent. Participatory experiments in nanotechnology have been numerous, but their outcomes are uncertain. Some have criticized the little interest these mechanisms have received in policy circles. The Grenoble case is telling for that matter.
by Redazione FGB, 28 January 2009 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
On the Media and Innovation: an Interview with Scott KirsnerAs an observer of innovation across the domains life sciences, clean technology, and media, Kirsner has explored the attraction to and fear of innovation present in many large institutions, and uncovered numerous examples of innovation that reveal aspects of innovators' responsibilities, as well as the deep ambivalence many companies have about innovation.
by Redazione FGB, 2 December 2008 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
Responsible Innovation and Participatory Democracy. Daniel P. Mulhollan in FGBDaniel Mulhollan, Director of the Congressional Research Service at the Library of the US Congress, will be the guest of the Giannino Bassetti Foundation in Milan on 3rd December 2008, within the scientific framework of the research project I forum consultivi come strumento di fiducia, promoted by IRER - the Regional Research Institute of Lombardy.
by Redazione FGB, 28 November 2008 Permalink
Is biotechnological research in Italy a chimera? (Second part)The second part of the interview conducted by Cristina Grasseni with Giovanna Lazzari e Cesare Galli at the Laboratory of Reproduction Technology in Cremona (Italy) in which many points of fundamental importance for a serious contemporary debate on responsibility and innovation emerge. - (post in Italian)
by Redazione FGB, 26 November 2008 Permalink
European Food Safety Authority is launching a public consultationEFSA (European Food Safety Authority) is launching a public consultation on its draft scientific opinion on the Potential Risks Arising from Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies on Food and Feed safety and the Environment. The work follows a request from the European Commission (EC) to EFSA for advice on this issue in 2007. EFSA's opinion will help inform consideration of any future EU measures in relation to nanotechnologies in the food and feed area.
by Redazione FGB, 25 November 2008 Permalink
What's the social and ethical responsibility of basic science?by Maximilian Fochler. At the Euroscience Open Forum 2008 in Barcelona a group of leading scholars from the sciences, as well as from the interdisciplinary field of Social Studies of Science (STS), gathered to debate the social and ethical responsibility of basic research - a question of vital importance for wider debates on how contemporary societies may best govern processes of innovation and their ethical and social implications.
by Redazione FGB, 21 October 2008 Permalink
Is biotechnological research in Italy a chimera? An interview with Giovanna Lazzari and Cesare GalliResearch originality, an experimental approach and leadership within the scientific community has brought the Laboratory of Reproduction Technology (Cremona, Italy) to the cutting edge of scientific innovation regarding the cloning of breeding animals (above all with cows, horses and pigs). Giovana Lazzari and Cesare Galli were asked about the nature of the Laboratory of Reproduction Technology, their current activities and the new challenges they will have to face. - (post in Italian)
by Redazione FGB, 8 October 2008 Permalink
About the Anthropology of globalization (2)The essay by Monica Lindh de Montoya "Il mercato come specchio o modello. Come i commercianti riconfigurano le transazioni economiche e sociali in un'economia rurale" (The market as a mirror and model. How merchants re-frame economic and social transactions in a rural economy), first published in 1999, investigates cultural change in an agricultural community in Bailadores, Venezuela, fueled by vegetable and particularly garlic production for the national market. A reading by Guido Carlotto and comment by Valentina Porcellana. - (post in Italian)
by Redazione FGB, 26 September 2008 Permalink
What are the nature and functions of artificial agents?These are the questions we use when we first interview a researcher.
by Redazione FGB, 19 September 2008 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
Responsibility and uncertainty: new perspectives upon responsible actionMaria Antonietta Foddai, professor of the philosophy of law in the faculty of law at the University of Sassari offers a rich reflection on the modern concept of responsibility, offering a new approach to the problem: the construction of responsibility must derive from within a social common project. The new subject of responsibility therefore becomes an "us" that shares responsible action. Nicole Lozzi met her on behalf of the Bassetti Foundation.
by Redazione FGB, 6 September 2008 Permalink
About the Anthropology of globalizationSome brief thoughts about the essay "Per l'antropologia economica: culture e pratiche nella divisione sociale del lavoro" (For an economic anthropology: culture and practice in the social division of work), that opens the volume "Antropologia della globalizzazione" (The Anthropology of Globalization) proposed by Giulio Sapelli - (post in Italian)
by Redazione FGB, 5 September 2008 Permalink
Report I - Communication Robots ATROn January 26 we visited ATR (Advanced Telecomunication Research Institute International) a Japanese company of which some branches are specialised in the production of robots and whose headquarters are located close to Kyoto. Our interlocutor was Dr. Takayuki Kanda who gave us a a warm reception and detailed description of the research dedicated to in robots destined to social use.
by Redazione FGB, 4 August 2008 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
Artificial Empathy: a research diary.Today's sciences of the artificial extend all the way to the domain of emotions. The recent re-inclusion of the emotional dimension within cognition, in the scientific trend that considers knowing as a form of doing - constructing, creating, fabricating - transforms our understanding of cognitive processes. In our we present the (relatively still brute) result of our encounters with researchers in the field of artificial agents and empathy, in order to receive comments and criticisms and initiate discussions from which we will profit, and where visitors of the Foundation's website can gain information and participate in shared reflection.
by Redazione FGB, 3 August 2008 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
Without risk there is no progressIn this his second posting on nanotechnology, Jonny Hankins looks at the work of the International Risk Governence Council, their white paper on risk governance and their policy brief on nanotechnology risk governance.
by Redazione FGB, 29 July 2008 Permalink
Deepening The Public Conversation Around Bioethics (part 2)In this discussion, Murray sheds light on different thinking processes useful in assessing ethical questions and innovation; particular developments in medicine and biotechnology related to sports and human enhancement; and on the Hastings Center's operations and influence.
by Redazione FGB, 7 July 2008 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
Deepening The Public Conversation Around Bioethics (part 1)In this discussion, Murray sheds light on different thinking processes useful in assessing ethical questions and innovation; particular developments in medicine and biotechnology related to sports and human enhancement; and on the Hastings Center's operations and influence.
by Redazione FGB, 3 July 2008 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
Robotics. A new scienceOn 20th February an important conference on robotics took place in Rome entitled "Robotics: A New Science". The event was conceived as a seminar whose objective was that of discussing the contemporary development of robotics within the framework of recent scientific and technological developments in the informatics, telecommunication, software and electronics sectors. In this article Fiorella Operto explains the principal points of discussion.
by Fiorella Operto, 15 May 2008 Permalink
By Any Other NameFor people new to the work of the Bassetti Foundation, the concept of "responsibility in innovation" can be somewhat elusive. But like most other general concepts, responsibility in innovation is reflected in a wide variety of disciplines, though often by other names. For example...
by Jeff Ubois, 8 May 2008 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
The Politics of Science and the re-definition of democracy (part 2)The fourth Lecture of the Fondazione Giannino Bassetti will feature prof. Sheila Jasanoff, professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University, one of the authors of the report to the EU "Taking European Knowledge Society Seriously". Mariachiara Tallacchini offers here an introduction to Jasanoff's STS approach. (Part 2)
by Mariachiara Tallacchini, 28 April 2008 Permalink
The Politics of Science and the re-definition of democracy (part 1)The fourth Lecture of the Fondazione Giannino Bassetti will feature prof. Sheila Jasanoff, professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University, one of the authors of the report to the EU "Taking European Knowledge Society Seriously". Mariachiara Tallacchini offers here an introduction to Jasanoff's STS approach.
by Mariachiara Tallacchini, 21 April 2008 Permalink
Governance and participation in nanotechnologyThis is the first of a number of postings that Jonny Hankins will devote to nanotechnologies, their novelty in technoscientific society and their impact on our thinking of responsible innovation. Here, a first look at informative websites and newsletters on nanotechnologies, societal impact and decision making.
by Redazione FGB, 7 April 2008 Permalink
Design-Push Innovation: Changing Accepted Meanings (part 2)An interview with Roberto Verganti (part 2). In this interview, we discuss different types of design innovation, ranging from incremental approaches (such as user-centered design) to more radical, "design-push" innovations that change the meaning associated with products and services. But how can responsibility can be assessed in the context of different types of design innovation? What is the new roles for media, political, and corporate leaders? Can product liability drive greater responsibility in innovation?
by Redazione FGB, 21 March 2008 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
Design-Push Innovation: Changing Accepted Meanings (part 1)An interview with Roberto Verganti. In this interview, we discuss different types of design innovation, ranging from incremental approaches (such as user-centered design) to more radical, "design-push" innovations that change the meaning associated with products and services. But how can responsibility can be assessed in the context of different types of design innovation? What is the new roles for media, political, and corporate leaders? Can product liability drive greater responsibility in innovation?
by Redazione FGB, 19 March 2008 Permalink
Building a bridge between science and societyBy Roberta Gabbatore. On Thursday 14th February 2008 in the splendid setting of the ex monastery of Saint Augustine (now part of the University) in Bergamo's upper town the conference "Building a bridge between science and society. Looking for the foundations of the communication of science" took place.
by Redazione FGB, 27 February 2008 Permalink
New Rites For Democracy?On February 15th 2008, at the premises of the Bassetti Foundation in Milan, the sociologist of science Brian Wynne opened the seminar chaired by Piero Bassetti and Mariachiara Tallacchini about the report for the European Commission, Taking European Society Seriously (2007), now translated in Italian under the auspices of the Bassetti Foundation (Scienza e Governance. La società europea della conoscenza presa sul serio. Rubbettino, 2008). What follows is my own reconstruction of the main arguments and issues raised at the seminar.
by Redazione FGB, 27 February 2008 Permalink
A seminar on governance and science at the Bassetti Foundation in MilanOn Friday 15th February 2008, at the premises of the Bassetti Foundation in Milan, Piero Bassetti opened the seminar on Science and Governance introducing Brian Wynne, chairman of the work group that produced the report "Taking European Knowledge Society Seriously" for the European Commission, and Mariachiara Tallacchini, a member of the group and translator of the report into Italian.
by Redazione FGB, 21 February 2008 Permalink
Robotics: a new scienceThe International Symposium "Robotics: a new science" takes place on Wednesday 20th of February 2008 at Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in Via Della Lungara 10 in Rome. The conference is...
by Fiorella Operto, Jonny Hankins, Redazione FGB, 16 February 2008 Permalink
Science and Governance: the provocation of responsibility.Conversation with Mariachiara Tallacchini. "Within the cultural horizons of the European Commission the STS point of view was missing; no report had ever used the science and technology studies perspective. Nicole Dewandre who was in charge of Science and Governance within the Directorate General for Research, was given the mandate to commission an expert group coordinated by Brian Wynne, which could be the European and international expression of this approach. [...] Our thesis is that the public fear of science is not produced by a deficit of knowledge, but by the doubts that the citizens feel in relation to the institutions themselves..."
by Redazione FGB, 9 February 2008 Permalink
Science and Governance: the EU report on Science and Governance presented at FGBThe driving force of the science on the economic and social development compelled politics and laws to set rules for the technoscience and its innumerable deployments. The "Science and Governance Taking European Knowledge Society Seriously" Report, committed by the European Commission, meet the exigence of reflecting in a responsible way about the links between science and society. The Italian transalation will be presented at the Giannino Bassetti Foundation headquarters by the science sociologist Brian Wynne and by the jurist Mariachiara Tallacchini.
by Redazione FGB, 1 February 2008 Permalink
Dr. Ronald Arkin on Roboethics and Responsibility (part 3)(...continues from the previous entry) Ubois: Do you see -- I mean, another direction I could see this going is in the ways the lines between warfare and law enforcement...
by Redazione FGB, 18 January 2008 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
Dr. Ronald Arkin on Roboethics and Responsibility (part 2)(...continues from the previous entry) Ubois: It's an interesting question of when should you essentially exit a field or exit certain social or power structures, because you can't abide by...
by Redazione FGB, 15 January 2008 Permalink
Dr. Ronald Arkin on Roboethics and Responsibility (part 1)Dr. Ronald Arkin is a Professor in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Director of the Mobile Robot Laboratory. In this discussion, he outlines the...
by Redazione FGB, 12 January 2008 Permalink
Towards a new model of governance to manage new technologies in organizations - Part 5. ConclusionWe argued that the risks and challenges of digitally interoperable enterprise architectures that define the environment of contemporary organisations cannot be understood solely by looking at the traditional distinction between...
by Redazione FGB, 29 December 2007 Permalink
Towards a new model of governance to manage new technologies in organizations - Part 4. Putting it all togetherThe issues briefly sketched above lead us to discuss the risk and challenges for the creation digitally interoperable enterprise architecture between the public and the private sectors along three key...
by Redazione FGB, 30 November 2007 Permalink
Of flies and forests: putting laboratory work in its social context (part 2)The second part of the Interview with Sophie Houdart: "we debated on the many links between the ethnography of science and the interrogation on responsible innovation".
by Redazione FGB, 27 November 2007 Permalink
Of flies and forests: putting laboratory work in its social context (part 1)In this interview to Sophie Houdart taken at the Cerisy Cultural Centre, we debated on the many links between the ethnography of science and the interrogation on responsible innovation. The work of Sophie Houdart brings to the fore many important categories, that of fact and that of event, the idea of a moral responsibility of the scientist for the kind of "objects" he/she creates in the laboratory, and the scientist's awareness of the relevance of their work for society at large.
by Redazione FGB, 23 November 2007 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
Towards a new model of governance to manage new technologies in organizations - Part 3. Federated, concentric and platform organisationsBuilding the internal capabilities, technical architecture, service delivery, planning and contract monitoring to achieve this ambition will require a governance framework encompassing a wide spectrum of arrangements, including the measurement...
by Redazione FGB, 29 October 2007 Permalink
Participatory design: an Interview with Dr. Michael Twidale (part 3)The third part of the Interview with Dr. Michael Twidale: he offers insights into IRBs, participatory design, managing design tradeoffs, ethics and empowerment.
by Redazione FGB, 26 October 2007 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
Participatory design: an Interview with Dr. Michael Twidale (part 2)The second part of the Interview with Dr. Michael Twidale: he offers insights into IRBs, participatory design, managing design tradeoffs, ethics and empowerment.
by Redazione FGB, 19 October 2007 Permalink
Participatory design: an Interview with Dr. Michael Twidale (part 1)Dr. Michael Twidale is an associate professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In this discussion, he offers insights into IRBs, participatory design, managing design tradeoffs, ethics and empowerment.
by Redazione FGB, 12 October 2007 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
Towards a new model of governance to manage new technologies in organizations - Part 2: New technologies in organisations: issues and perspectivesGlobal ICT Programmes require the intersection of information infrastructures well beyond the conventional boundaries of institutions and organisations, which are typically demarcated by the legal (or contractual) boundary of their purposes and activities.
by Redazione FGB, 30 September 2007 Permalink
New version of our websiteDear readers or visitors, at the end of August we launched a new version of our website featuring several changes to our graphics and site layout. You will surely notice that the menu items have changed...
by Redazione FGB, 21 September 2007 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
Towards a new model of governance to manage new technologies in organizations - Part 1: IntroductionAccording to a recent report of the META Group Inc. (2006) , requirements for digital interoperability between the public and private sectors will drive enterprise architecture over the next years, impacting 50% of the Fortune 500 companies and extending into the global domain.
by Redazione FGB, 31 July 2007 Permalink
Political responsibility in innovation: a challenge for the new Statute of the Region of LombardyPolitical responsibility in innovation is a challenge for the new Statute of the Region of Lombardy. The debate on this issue that the Giannino Bassetti Foundation has been promoting for some time now has led to important political developments: the issue of deliberative democracy lies at the heart of political interest today...
by Redazione FGB, 31 July 2007 Permalink
An Interview with Dr.Marc SmithDr. Marc Smith is a Senior Research Sociologist leading the Community Technologies Group at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA. His group focuses on computer-mediated collective action, and he studies and...
by Redazione FGB, 10 July 2007 Permalink
The CfC 'Reinventing learning and research?' is over.As previously announced, we close this Call for Comments hoping that it helped at least to raise some of the many issues around the idea of a "reinvention" of learning and research. ------------------------------------ Chiudiamo come annunciato questo Call for Comments auspicando che abbia per lo meno cominciato a sollevare i molti quesiti relativi alla "reinvenzione dell'apprendimento e della ricerca".
by Redazione FGB, 10 July 2007 Permalink
Reinventing learning and research? (part 2)The call has so far attracted 11 comments, all of very high and relevant standard. Nevertheless, many aspects of the manifesto still need to be evaluated and clarified. To our...
by Redazione FGB, 15 June 2007 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
How to map complex issues?In this interview, taken at the Cerisy colloquium organised by Bruno Latour and Philippe Descola on "L'anthropologie historique de la raison scientifique", (July 12th- 19th 2006), Cristina Grasseni gathered Bruno Latour's view s on responsible innovation and its relevance to the research agenda of historians, anthropologists, philosophers and sociologists of science.
by Redazione FGB, 11 June 2007 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
Transparency, Privacy, and Responsibility: An Interview with Jeff JonasMore directly and obviously than many forms of innovation, software embodies the values of those who create it. This is particularly true of software used to monitor and direct human activity: in the extreme, it can be a tool that saves lives, or one that enables political repression. Software development therefore provides many examples of responsibility in innovation. As a leading innovator in the field of data analysis, Jeff Jonas has thought deeply about the social and political implications related to technological advances in surveillance, the loss of privacy, and the use of computerized monitoring systems by governments and corporations.
by Redazione FGB, 5 June 2007 Permalink
Innovation and PoliticsWe publish "Innovation and politics", the second lesson of Piero Bassetti for the Cross-sectional Course of Epistemology of the scientific and technical search of the Politecnico of Milan. A lesson gave in the February of 2006, that will published from Mondadori. This publication follows the previous lesson "La responsabilità nell'innovazione", that you can find in this site.
by Piero Bassetti, 31 May 2007 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
Reinventing learning and research?Within the framework of the co-operation between Profs. Elias Carayannis and Piero Formica (respectively from the School of Business at George Washington University, and the International Entrepreneurship Academy at JÃ¶nkÃ¶ping University) the following manifesto ensued, published as Guest Editorial in Industry and Higher Education (April 2007). We hereby re-launch it to submit it for comment and feedback from our readers. --------------------------- Nell'ambito della cooperazione tra due istituti di ricerca sulla imprenditorialità (la George Washington University, USA e la Jonkoping University, Svezia) è nato un manifesto a firma di Elias Carayannis e Piero Formica (pubblicato in Industry and Higher Education, Guest Editorial, Aprile 2007), che rilanciamo per sottoporlo ai commenti dei nostri lettori.
by Redazione FGB, 21 May 2007 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
Innovation is the ability to achieve the improbable.A short video in which Piero Bassetti explains the slogan put under the brand of our site. The recording has been done in Milan on November the 24th 2007 during...
by Redazione FGB, 17 May 2007 Permalink
2007 FGB GrantsOnce again this year FGB is making 5 grants available to doctoral candidates and post-docs interested in attending the conference entitled Exercices de métaphysique empirique (autour des travaux de Bruno Latour). The grants are intended to cover the cost of staying at Cerisy-la-Salle for the duration of the conference (June 23 to 30, 2007).
by Redazione FGB, 13 April 2007 Permalink
Responsibility in Innovation: A Survey of Coming Attractions in NanotechnologyA Conversation with Lawrence Gasman Lawrence Gasman is the cofounder of NanoMarkets, LLC and author of the recent book, Nanotechnology Applications and Markets, which examines the market for nanotechnology in the healthcare, energy, and information technology sectors, and provides a generalized approach to forecasting the impact of nanotechnology on particular companies and industries. In this interview, Gasman emphasizes several likely near term discontinuities based on nanotechnology. And he offers some insight into possible social effects, and the limits of regulation. And yet without an ability to forecast developments, what kind of responsibility is possible?
by Redazione FGB, 22 March 2007 Permalink
Is responsible innovation participatory, and if so, how?Is responsible innovation participatory, and if so, how? Interviewed on his decade-long work on the history of science and its relevance to issues such as secrecy, scientist's responsibility, public understanding...
by Redazione FGB, 10 March 2007 Permalink
Is responsible innovation participatory, and if so, how?Is responsible innovation participatory, and if so, how? Interviewed on his decade-long work on the history of science and its relevance to issues such as secrecy, scientist's responsibility, public understanding and public participation, Prof. Peter Galison of Harvard University offers an intriguing insight in the topic of responsible innovation. According to him, naive notions of compromise and participation do not explain "how you can put people in a position where they can make decisions, informed decisions about what's going on".
by Redazione FGB, 10 March 2007 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
The Bassetti Foundation at the Centre Culturel International of Cerisy-La -SalleThe Centre Culturel International de Cerisy-la-Salle is an international conference and research centre, animated by a cultural association which dates back to 1952, the Association des Amis de Pontigny-Cerisy la...
by Redazione FGB, 7 March 2007 Permalink
Christine Peterson of the Foresight InstituteIf you really want to know how create a sense of responsibility, look at the software development community. Talk about political activism...They see their work as political. They see it as ethics-based.
by Redazione FGB, 21 February 2007 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
Towards a New Model of Management for the Governance of Innovation. Taking Stock and Looking AheadOver the past few years the blog 'Innovation, Risk and Governance' has explored a variety of topics, but it is possible to identify two core (although not always necessarily related)...
by Redazione FGB, 15 February 2007 Permalink
Experiments Without Borders? Ethical and Participatory Approaches to New TechnologiesSheila Jasanoff delivered the BIOS Annual Lecture chaired by Nikolas Rose at the London School of Economics. The title parallels some of the issues that have been recently discussed by the Giannino Bassetti Foundation's web-site about 'Science, Politics & Responsibility'.
by Redazione FGB, 26 November 2006 Permalink
Our Web Site is Changing Layout and StructureThe Giannino Bassetti Foundation is working through various channels, to promote the subject of Responsible Innovation. The evolution of Foundation's work is reflected in an evolution of its graphic image and editorial structure.
by Redazione FGB, 26 November 2006 Permalink
Genetic Testing and its Implications: an interview with Dr. Arthur CaplanIn this discussion, Dr. Arthur Caplan discusses the implications of genetic screening, pre-natal testing, pre-natal gender selection, reproductive freedom, political education, and neurological enhancement, all within the context of responsibility in innovation, and with a nod to how effects may differ in different cultures around the world.
by Redazione FGB, 25 November 2006 Permalink
An Interview With Dr. Ignacio ChapelaIgnacio Chapela is an assistant professor at University of California Berkeley, who, with colleague David Quist, discovered that illegally grown, genetically modified corn contaminated traditional heirloom corn in Oaxaca, Mexico....
by Redazione FGB, 17 November 2006 Permalink
IntroductionI'll be exploring issues related to responsibility in innovation
by Redazione FGB, 15 November 2006 Permalink
IntroductionOver the next few months, I'll be exploring issues related to responsibility in innovation by exploring technologies with significant but not always obvious societal implications through a series of interviews...
by Redazione FGB, 15 November 2006 Permalink
Introduction to the new series of Major ThemesThe section Argomenti is following in the new structure of the site, linked to our Major Themes.
by Redazione FGB, 6 November 2006 Permalink
Second thoughts on responsibility"From Causality to Responsibility: Steps towards the Unknown" by Mariachiara Tallacchini. Contemporary scientific knowledge is characterized increasingly by uncertainty (O'Riordan and Cameron, 1994). This is due not only because both the risks and the unpredictability linked to it are increasing, but...
by Redazione FGB, 24 June 2006 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
'Which responsibility?' Chiusura del callChiudendo questo call for comments sullo statuto corrente della responsabilità dell'innovazione, ringrazio tutti coloro che hanno partecipato e si sono interrogati sulle questioni poste. Gli interventi - come era naturale...
by Redazione FGB, 2 April 2006 Permalink
Which responsibility? -part 2- (...continues from the previous entry)First of all thanks to all those who have so far contributed to this call for comments, which I plan to close on April 1st. I briefly recapitulate the line...
by Redazione FGB, 19 March 2006 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
Science, Politics and Responsibility: An Agenda for the Governance of Innovation and TechnologyAbout the governance of innovation and technology, we will try to explore the tensions surrounding this debate and suggest some definitions to help the reader go through the maze of conflicting interpretations.
by Redazione FGB, 7 March 2006 Permalink
An extract from the Oxford English Dictionary about the definition of the term 'policy'III. 8. attrib. and Comb., as (sense 5) policy decision, document, -maker, -making, statement; policy-making adj.; policy science (see quot. 1951); hence policy scientist. 1960 I. JEFFERIES Dignity & Purity...
by Redazione FGB, 6 March 2006 Permalink
Which responsibility? - part 1- ...This call for comments continues in the next entry...The ambitious goal of this call is that of initiating an exploration of possible ways of reflecting on the concepts of responsibility and innovation, without losing sight of the social,...
by Redazione FGB, 2 February 2006 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
Practice and Cognition, an anthropological viewAbout the topic, already touched upon in the previous posts, of the role played by communities of practice in the processes of emergence and management of innovation, I wish to...
by Redazione FGB, 14 November 2005 Permalink
Art and innovationThis is the first of a series of reviews that Valentina Porcellana will present on the anthropology of art as innovation. Many aspects of artistic practice are linked to the...
by Redazione FGB, 12 September 2005 Permalink
'Audit Cultures', by Marilyn Strathern - Book reviewIn her edited collection Audit Cultures published in 2000 by Routledge, one of the leading figures of British anthropology, Marilyn Strathern, sets out to chart a new "kind of culture...
by Redazione FGB, 22 July 2005 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
On the Governance of Scientific Innovation and the Avoidance of Irresponsibility (PART 2)It is widely acknowledged that in a number of countries trust in political organisations has recently declined. Some are under attack as a result of their non-compliance with issues of...
by Redazione FGB, 5 July 2005 Permalink
Slow food, fast genes: the different timescapes of innovation and responsibility in the anthropology of food (2)(continuing from "Slow food, fast genes... (1)") Timescapes of authenticity Innovation or creativity: which is the best concept for explaining the kind of novelty that affects our daily consumption of...
by Redazione FGB, 6 June 2005 Permalink
Slow food, fast genes: the different timescapes of innovation and responsibility in the anthropology of food (1)This is a first attempt at focussing on issues and questions of timescapes, responsibility and creativity with regard to the issue of the production and consumption of food in contemporary Italy.
by Redazione FGB, 5 June 2005 Permalink
IntroductionThis space is devoted to the anthropology of innovation and strives to offer both a service to the readers and a scientific contribution. The aim is precisely to try and...
by Redazione FGB, 4 June 2005 Permalink
On the Governance of Scientific Innovation and the Avoidance of Irresponsibility (PART 1)At the centre of the debate within the EU as well as across the Atlantic is a rising problematisation of the definition of roles and responsibilities over the way in...
by Redazione FGB, 1 June 2005 Permalink
The democratic responsibility of scientific powerPublic governance of science challenges the very same definition of what is considered scientific, and therefore in a variety of respects, elitist, closed and unaccountable to the laymen before the...
by Redazione FGB, 1 May 2005 Permalink
Terri Schiavo: Innovation, Decision Making and the Future of EthicsAcross the Atlantic, people are shocked to watch in real time the 'phasing out' of Terri Schiavo, which has been declared as living in a 'vegetative state' as a result...
by Redazione FGB, 2 April 2005 Permalink
Governing Innovation in the Information Society: the need to account for the intangible dimension [update 15 Mar 05][update 15 Mar 05] See the links at the bottom of this post Following the recent entry on 'The Evolution of the Blog Innovation, Risk and Governance' the aim of...
by Redazione FGB, 5 March 2005 Permalink
Reflecting on the Risk and Sustainability of Innovation in Medicine and HealthcareThe often mentioned need to innovate and reform health systems is the consequence of three main aspects affecting modern societies. An aging population, changes in technology and the reduction of...
by Redazione FGB, 16 February 2005 Permalink
A Tribute to Claudio Ciborra, the Scientist and the ManClaudio Ciborra, Professor and Convenor of Information Systems at LSE, died in Milan, his hometown, on Sunday 13th February 2005, aged 53; losing his battle against cancer. In this unfortunate...
by Redazione FGB, 16 February 2005 Permalink
Innovation, Knowledge and Intellectual Property: the Risks of WTO RegulationsIntellectual property is the cornerstone of the modern knowledge economy. Digital information resources, from software to ideas and other creative works, databases, etc... are notoriously characterised by massive fixed costs...
by Redazione FGB, 15 January 2005 Permalink
Bio- & Nano-Technology: who should decide and who will pay?The convergence of biology, computing and robotics is the kernel of the recent progresses that applications from biotechnology to nanotechnology have produced in relation to their perceived opportunities, risks and...
by Redazione FGB, 12 November 2004 Permalink
An Alternative E-Governance Plan For The Nation (by Satish Jha, India [*])Most developing countries cannot afford to develop applications that will help them make use of the potential of ICTs. Once again the divide between the developed and teh developing economies is going to widen further. But this time around its easier to put the developing countries on a time-collapsingcourse where they can quickly move up the experience curve. That requires thinking differently. As of now these developing countries are experimenting with Toy Applications that contribute little to productivity. They need a programme to help them move up the learning curve.
by Redazione FGB, 10 September 2004 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
Conceptualising Governance: A theoretical and practical agendaThe context we refer to for the term governance is necessarily global. Governance is generally understood as a broad process affecting the collective decision-making roles and procedures, management and authority...
by Redazione FGB, 9 September 2004 Permalink - Read and submit a comment
Conceptualising Risk: A theoretical and practical agendaTo my concern, this Blog has been on-line for nearly one year without none of the readers signaling a very important element: what is this all about? Similarly to the...
by Redazione FGB, 29 June 2004 Permalink
Conceptualising Innovation: A theoretical and practical agendaTo my concern, this Blog has been on-line for nearly one year with no one signalling a very important element: what is this all about? Similarly to the report on...
by Redazione FGB, 24 May 2004 Permalink
On the Governance of International Business Standards, a letter by Sunil BediI have been concerned about governance of international business standards. Here are my thoughts: The article raised issues that will become increasingly significant in defining international commerce and related exchanges....
by Redazione FGB, 13 April 2004 Permalink
Modern Biotechnology in LDCs: governing innovation in India's agricultural markets - Part 6: Conclusions and suggestionsIn conclusion, the introduction of modern biotechnology might not increase food production, but has the potential to reduce the impact of production methods associated with the (not so) Green Revolution...
by Redazione FGB, 7 April 2004 Permalink
Modern Biotechnology in LDCs: governing innovation in India's agricultural markets - Part 5: Policy ImplicationsAs a member of WTO, India has opted for a sui generis intellectual property legislation stated in The Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Act of 2001. According to this...
by Redazione FGB, 6 April 2004 Permalink
Modern Biotechnology in LDCs: governing innovation in India's agricultural markets - Part 4: Analysis of global governance and local institutions: the relevance of appropriabilityIn India, not many firms inbred lines themselves except for the foreign suppliers. In turn, this raises a number of issues and affects the availability of crop variety to farmers...
by Redazione FGB, 5 April 2004 Permalink
Modern Biotechnology in LDCs: governing innovation in India's agricultural markets - Part 3:The international dimension and its interdependencies with the local contextInnovations and new plant varieties are of great importance to increase farmers' income and promote wealth creation in general, unfortunately purchasing new inputs or labor is often a drawback that...
by Redazione FGB, 4 April 2004 Permalink
Modern Biotechnology in LDCs: governing innovation in India's agricultural markets - Part 2: The reality of India - poison can be sweet too!Cruising around the mustard fields of Rajastan, discovering the enchanted rice fields of Karnataka or finding your way through the jungle in the hilly north west part of Tamil Nadu...
by Redazione FGB, 3 April 2004 Permalink
Modern Biotechnology in LDCs: governing innovation in India's agricultural markets - Part 1: IntroductionTwo popular assumptions justify the introduction of Genetically Modified (GM) seeds in agriculture. One is demographics, and especially the expectation that according to current rates of population growth in the...
by Redazione FGB, 2 April 2004 Permalink
Novel ideas on development, rogue states and international law: Hilary Benn and Tony Blair explain the new doctrineHilary Benn, state secretary for international development after Claire Short, has recently made a remarkable address on the new development doctrine in a lecture which took place the 4th of...
by Redazione FGB, 11 March 2004 Permalink
International disputes over disaster responsibility: whose law is better?There is currently an eminent absence of international governance standards on business across borders. International disputes arise everyday in countries where we do not have access to information and which...
by Redazione FGB, 23 February 2004 Permalink
Notes from the Road: India between farming biotechnology and computer servicesThis short piece is just an overview of your correspondent's long observation and research of the Indian's science and technology sector. After a month or so of pilgrimage from the...
by Redazione FGB, 6 January 2004 Permalink
Innovation, Risk and Development: policy choices and the WTOIn my paper on 'ICTs, Governance and Development: Risks and implications for Development Policy' I raise two important issues which constrain development policy options for Less Developed Countries (LDCs). The...
by Redazione FGB, 17 December 2003 Permalink
Organismi Geneticamente Modificati: possibili dinamiche di rischio ed innovazione tra locale e globaleCome stabilire l'impatto ed i rischi di una decisione presa a livello locale su processi politici, deliberativi ed economici a livello globale, e viceversa? Vorrei prendere spunto dal recente dibattito...
by Redazione FGB, 15 November 2003 Permalink
An Agenda for Innovation: Minister Stanca's Lecture at the London School of EconomicsThe 20th of October 2003 Lucio Stanca, Italian Minister for Innovation and Technologies, has presented the Italian Agenda for Innovation in the Department of Information Systems at the London School...
by Redazione FGB, 22 October 2003 Permalink
A conversation with Professor Ian Angell on GM food and participatory governanceYesterday, or the day before, I met by chance Prof Angell in the copy room of the department where I work and study. For the few people who donÂ’t know...
by Redazione FGB, 16 October 2003 Permalink
The priorities for the research community'The research community needs to complement its historic role in identifying problems of sustainability with a greater willingness to join with the development and other communities to work on practical...
by Redazione FGB, 8 October 2003 Permalink
ICT policy and Governance'While domestic policies are needed to harness ICT for development effectively, international policies forged in multilateral institutions will increasingly define the range of policy options available to developing countries. For...
by Redazione FGB, 7 October 2003 Permalink
ICTs, Governance and Development: understanding risks and challengesInformation and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have become a major component of development finance. The United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals and the good governance imitative of the Organisation for Economic...
by Redazione FGB, 25 September 2003 Permalink