Responsible Innovation deals with the ethical aspects of innovation and of new and emerging technologies. Responsible Innovation in a broad sense refers to reflection, analysis, and public debate concerning the moral acceptability of new technology.
We must be able to answer questions such as:
a) Do our efforts in applied science, technology and engineering contribute to the solution of the big problems of our age?
b) How do we find solutions for global problems in a responsible way?
c) Can technical solutions accommodate the plurality of moral values and the needs of all parties affected”?
“Responsible Innovation” is a term that was first introduced in Dutch Research Council Program entitled Socially Responsible Innovations around 2006 and it is now also incorporated in the Research and Development agenda of the European Union. On November 21 of 2014 this policy was endorsed and further extended in the Rome declaration on Responsible Research and Innovation under the Italian Presidency of the EU. But, although thinking about Responsible Innovation may have its roots in Europe it is a concept with a true global purchase. We live in a hyper-connected world. Science provides knowledge of the fundamental building blocks and processes in nature. Our technology hardly leaves anything on the planet untouched. It is of utmost importance to find adequate and shared conception of responsibility for our innovations and our new technologies:
Will our innovations save lives? Will it Produce jobs? Save the planet?
Are they safe and secure? Do they respect our privacy, freedom and autonomy? And if not, how can we make them so?
And If not us: who? And if not now: when?
1) Facilitate exchange of ideas and platforms to discuss hard, complex and difficult-to-solve cases.
2) Consulting and Engagements on:
a) Applied ethics of technology and engineering, innovation, (including management and economic aspects)
b) Stakeholder dialogues
c) Risk perception, emotions
d) Science communication.
e) How to think about moral values as requirements for design of new technology?
f) How to articulate value conflicts and think of creative design solutions for them?