Creating Inquiry Between Technology Developers and Civil Society Actors: Learning from Experiences Around Nanotechnology

TitleCreating Inquiry Between Technology Developers and Civil Society Actors: Learning from Experiences Around Nanotechnology
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsKrabbenborg, L
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Date Published2016
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13533452
KeywordsCivil , Dewey , Dialogical , emerging , Government , NANOSCIENCE , NANOTECHNOLOGY , reflective , Technological , upstream
AbstractEngaging civil society actors as knowledgeable dialogue partners in the development and governance of emerging technologies is a new challenge. The starting point of this paper is the observation that the design and orchestration of current organized interaction events shows limitations, particularly in the articulation of issues and in learning how to address the indeterminacies that go with emerging technologies. This paper uses Dewey's notion of 'publics' and 'reflective inquiry' to outline ways of doing better and to develop requirements for a more productive involvement of civil society actors. By studying four novel spaces for interaction in the domain of nanotechnology, this paper examines whether and how elements of Dewey's thought are visible and under what conditions. One of the main findings is that, in our society, special efforts are needed in order for technology developers and civil society actors to engage in a joint inquiry on emerging nanotechnology. Third persons, like social scientists and philosophers, play a role in this respect in addition to external input such as empirically informed scenarios and somewhat protected spaces. 
NotesKrabbenborg, Lotte 1; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (ISIS), Radboud University, Heyendaalseweg 135 6500 GL Nijmegen The Netherlands; Source Info: Jun2016, Vol. 22 Issue 3, p907; Subject Term: NANOTECHNOLOGY; Subject Term: CIVIL society; Subject Term: GOVERNMENT agencies; Subject Term: TECHNOLOGICAL innovations; Subject Term: NANOSCIENCE; Author-Supplied Keyword: Civil society actors; Author-Supplied Keyword: Dewey; Author-Supplied Keyword: Dialogical governance; Author-Supplied Keyword: Emerging technologies; Author-Supplied Keyword: Reflective inquiry; Author-Supplied Keyword: Upstream public engagement; NAICS/Industry Codes: 911910 Other federal government public administration; NAICS/Industry Codes: 912910 Other provincial and territorial public administration; NAICS/Industry Codes: 913910 Other local, municipal and regional public administration; NAICS/Industry Codes: 921190 Other General Government Support; NAICS/Industry Codes: 541711 Research and Development in Biotechnology; Number of Pages: 16p; Document Type: Article