21st Century Technology Assessment by Sclove & Maynard


I was lucky enough to attend most of a presentation by Richard Sclove with further thoughts and responses from Andrew Maynard. It was mostly about the importance of including broad and informed communities as collaborators in developing policy guidelines and determining what concepts are important for future research. I kept thinking, what about healthcare, what about clinical trials, what about bench-to-bedside, what about meaningful use …

Here are (mostly) my tweets from the event.

September 20, 2010
8:03 pm pfanderson: I am in a lecture hall waiting for talk to begin by Richard Sclove & Andrew Maynard @2020science abt Reinventing Tech Assmt #21stcenttech
8:14 pm pfanderson: #21stcenttech Participatory technology assessment specialist Richard Sclove #gov2.0 abt to start talking w/ gov nanotech consultant AMaynard
8:16 pm pfanderson: #21stcenttech transformative tech: genetic engineering, internet, nanotech, but not understood until entrenched.
8:16 pm pfanderson: #21stcenttech healthcare skew toward high tech intervention instead of socially more advisable preventitives
8:17 pm pfanderson: #21stcenttech emphasis is that we must have reflection abt social repercussions of new tech, key social objectives kept in mind
8:19 pm pfanderson: #21stcenttech Irony of US Office of Tech Assmt closing while concept spreads internationally, despite efforts to reopen
8:21 pm pfanderson: #21stcenttech Our OTA closure is evidence in support of technology assessment to support postive cultural & ecological change
8:22 pm pfanderson: WWW makes TA possible on more transparent, decentralized, agile, collab cost-effective basis #21stcenttech (pTA = participatory tech assmt)
8:24 pm pfanderson: #21stcenttech pTA focus includes gov2.0 acceptance of citizen engagement. Nees & opps expanding, but US is *lagging*
8:25 pm pfanderson: #21stcenttech pTA > voice for lay people, lets decisionmakers know constituents views, broad societal discussion, reduce costly controversy
8:28 pm pfanderson: #21stcenttech objectivity in tech assessment is often a myth, altho a desirable myth. Values of expert need to align w/ values of community
8:30 pm pfanderson: #21stcenttech participatory / collaborative assmt tend to lead toward more social / ethical awareness of impacts (Democracy & Technology bk)
8:32 pm pfanderson: #21stcenttech “Lay people excel in articulating … concerns” “we express out values OPENLY” “values influence what we perceive & analyze”
8:33 pm pfanderson: “Public engagement can be critical to getting the SCIENCE right” #21stcenttech
8:34 pm shelleypetersen: RT @pfanderson: #21stcenttech participatory / collaborative assmt tend to lead toward more social / ethical awareness of impacts (Democracy & Technology bk)
8:35 pm arthurpdent42: RT @pfanderson: “Public engagement can be critical to getting the SCIENCE right” #21stcenttech
8:37 pm mariawolters: RT @pfanderson: #21stcenttech “Lay people excel in articulating … concerns” “we express out values OPENLY” “values influence what we perceive & analyze”
8:41 pm pfanderson: #21stcenttech Examples abt genetic screening. ORML: http://www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/publicat/OTAreport.pdf w/ Danish CDC
8:42 pm pfanderson: More on this: http://loka.academia.edu/RichardSclove/Papers/238116/Reinventing-Technology-Assessment–A-21st-Century-Model #21stcenttech
8:43 pm pfanderson: #21stcenttech Sclove is talking abt more examples of benefits of pTA in identifying topics for expert TA, enriching views. Excellent point.
8:44 pm JanelleBowden: Hear, hear! RT @pfanderson “Public engagement can be critical to getting the SCIENCE right” #21stcenttech
8:44 pm pfanderson: #21stcenttech I am struck by similarities between the CDC models described by Sclove and the Obama community healthcare reform mtgs last yr
8:46 pm pfanderson: Another example: World Wide Views on Global Warming http://www.wwviews.org/ #21stcenttech
8:47 pm pfanderson: Expert & Citizen Assessment of Science & Technology http://ecastnetwork.org/ via @scicheer #21stcenttech
8:49 pm pfanderson: #21stcenttech w00t! he mentioned importance of science museums in public education/conversation rt before ECAST @scicheer
8:50 pm pfanderson: KK, now Sclove is mentioning @scicheer Science Cheerleader ;) You expected that, right? #21stcenttech
8:50 pm pfanderson: A lot of the science museums he is highlight have space in Second Life. Interesting #21stcenttech
8:52 pm pfanderson: #21stcenttech National Citizen?s Technology Forum held on nanotechnology http://cns.asu.edu/nctf/ OR http://www.foresight.org/nanodot/?p=2739
8:53 pm pfanderson: “even the President of the United States has trouble having an impact on policy” #21stcenttech
8:56 pm pfanderson: how to continue working with engagement and energy from lay panel after main event #21stcenttech > participant support networks < LOVE it!
8:58 pm pfanderson: Essay in @NATURE responds to Sclove's Woodrow Wilson report http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v465/n7294/full/465010a.html #21stcenttech
8:59 pm pfanderson: #21stcenttech @2020science now speaking “It’s always a challenge being a respondent when you agree 100% with what has already been said”
9:01 pm pfanderson: #21stcenttech Why do we nd 2 engage w/ citizens? 1.Because it’s the RightThing2Do. 2.We live in world that’s going 2 reach crisis pt quickly
9:03 pm pfanderson: #21stcenttech Now we are playing around with REALITY, not models of reality. (Tom Friedman’s The World is Flat)
9:03 pm pfanderson: LOL! @2020science says “people like me and you” Uh, not sure how many people there are like him!!! #21stcenttech
9:04 pm pfanderson: Crises in energy, food, water anticipated by @2020science #21stcenttech Decisionmakers seem to consider oil more important than water
9:05 pm pfanderson: We can’t arrive at sustainable solutions W/O engaging CITIZENS (who will implement, duh) #21stcenttech (true in healthcare, too)
9:05 pm imascientist: This! RT @pfanderson: “Public engagement can be critical to getting the SCIENCE right” #21stcenttech
9:07 pm pfanderson: Oh my. Maynard talking abt bias that scientists want to train citizens to think like them before allowing them into process #21stcenttech
9:08 pm pfanderson: “How do we ensure that as few people as possible are disenfranchised in this process?” #21stcenttech
9:08 pm edbeltane: RT @imascientist: This! RT @pfanderson: “Public engagement can be critical to getting the SCIENCE right” #21stcenttech
9:09 pm pfanderson: Amusement/sadness again. @2020science mentions bias to “ok to engage citizens as long as we don’t listen to them” #21stcenttech
9:10 pm pfanderson: Participatory decisionmaking is powerful, but so is “madness of the mob.” How to ensure dialogue is constructive? #21stcenttech
9:10 pm pfanderson: “We cannot live our lives as if it is business as usual, because business as usual is very very bad business” @2020science #21stcenttech
9:11 pm RemySmithUK: RT @imascientist: This! RT @pfanderson: “Public engagement can be critical to getting the SCIENCE right” #21stcenttech
9:12 pm pfanderson: Audience: “People to people are finding solutions.” ie. http://www.blueplanetfoundation.org/ #21stcenttech
9:14 pm pfanderson: Audience: Problems with crowdsourcing? The crowd self-corrects. #21stcenttech Bypass policy, go direct to solution/info.
9:15 pm pfanderson: Audience: Crowdsourcing data – the USGS crowdsourced data is BETTER than seismographs #21stcenttech
9:22 pm KiyomiD: RT @pfanderson: Oh my. Maynard talking abt bias that scientists want to train citizens to think like them before allowing them into process #21stcenttech
9:28 pm harriseve: RT @pfanderson: Oh my. Maynard talkng abt bias: scientists want 2 train ppl 2 think like them B4 allowing them into process #21stcenttech

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