Involving the general public in innovation
Apart from making money, 'public acceptability' is one of the top concerns in innovators minds. But engaging the general public in exploring technology is a new & scary thing. Responsible Innovation embraces that, involving people early & responding to their views.
Innovation also reflects our values, as individuals and as societies. But as people have different values and views about the way the world should be and a variety of ideas of how that can be achieved, innovation which aligns with the values of the many is difficult to achieve.
Add to the plethora of human views a global world empowered by new communications tools, inequality of access to innovation, and technologies which are beyond the capacity of most of us to understand, and a much more complicated relationship between the public and innovators emerges.
Responsible Innovation explores how the public can shape innovation through timely consultation, collaboration and keenly listening to their views.