The Walkshop Approach to Science and Technology Ethics

TitleThe Walkshop Approach to Science and Technology Ethics
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsWickson, F, Strand, R, Kjølberg, K
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13533452
Accession Number100490682
Keywordsenvironment , ethics , information , Responsible , SCIENCE , technology , THOUGHT , Walkshop , WORK
AbstractIn research and teaching on ethical aspects of emerging sciences and technologies, the structure of working environments, spaces and relationships play a significant role. Many of the routines and standard practices of academic life, however, do little to actively explore and experiment with these elements. To engage these dimensions, we have benefitted significantly from practices that take us out of seminar rooms, offices and laboratories as well as beyond traditional ways of working and interacting. We have called one such practice the 'walkshop'. Through walkshops, we have spent several days walking together with our colleagues and students in open outdoor spaces, keeping a sustained intellectual discussion on ethical aspects of science, technology and innovation while moving through these landscapes. For us, this has generated useful opportunities to escape established hierarchies, roles and patterns of thought and to rethink conceptual and philosophical issues from new perspectives, under new attitudes and with renewed energy. 
NotesWickson, Fern 1; Email Address: Strand, Roger 2; Email Address: Kjølberg, Kamilla 2; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: GenØk Centre for Biosafety, Forskningsparken, 9294 Tromsø Norway 2: Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities, University of Bergen, 5020 Bergen Norway; Source Info: Feb2015, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p241; Subject Term: SCIENCE & ethics; Subject Term: TECHNOLOGY -- Moral & ethical aspects; Subject Term: WORK environment; Subject Term: INFORMATION sharing; Subject Term: THOUGHT & thinking; Author-Supplied Keyword: Environment; Author-Supplied Keyword: Ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: Responsible innovation; Author-Supplied Keyword: Science; Author-Supplied Keyword: Technology; Author-Supplied Keyword: Walkshop; Number of Pages: 24p; Document Type: Article