• Helping Communities Prepare for a Hotter, Drier Future

    In a unique forum discussion, citizens deliberated strategies for dealing with extreme heat and drought.

    As the Southwest experiences higher average temperatures and prolonged drought conditions, increasing resilience to these climate hazards through citizen deliberation and community preparedness has never been more critical.

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  • Engaging Citizens to Inform Governance of Controversial Research

    How should solar geoengineering research be governed to address risks and uncertainties?

    A groundbreaking new CSPO project explores the potential for citizens to usefully inform the governance of solar geoengineering research.

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  • Frankenstein

    On the bicentennial of its publication, what does the classic gothic tale tell us today about science, technology, and society?

    Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is far richer and more relevant to contemporary issues than its common use as a warning against scientific hubris. Essays in the newest Rightful Place of Science volume use Shelley’s tale to launch an exploration of creativity and responsibility across literary, scientific, social, and cultural dimensions.

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  • Fall 2017 Issues in Science and Technology

    The new issue features a special editorial package on science and religion.

    If stories are especially good at making sense of the ambiguities and contradictions of the human condition, what stories might communicate a more complex and even fruitful relationship between science and religion?

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  • Two Decades of Focusing on Adaptation and Resilience

    Recent climate-related disasters have highlighted, once again, the importance of adaptation.

    CSPO and its partners have been working to draw attention to adaptation for nearly two decades. For communities beginning to rebuild after a disaster and those developing their resilience strategies, this body of work offers new ways to think about adaptation and its many benefits.

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  • Demolishing the Miracle Machine Myth

    The CSPO summer 2017 update on the new "Issues in Science and Technology," the latest Rightful Place of Science book, and more!

    CSPO has a number of new publications, event, and projects that we optimistically think can push public discussions and policies around science and technology in new and fruitful directions.

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Blog: As We Now Think

Naming and Framing Citizen Concerns about Emerging Technology

How can researchers engage the public on complex, profoundly important science and technology issues? First, throw out the deficit model of science communication and listen to the concerns of everyday citizens. Kettering Foundation research has long found that there is real political power to be had in the way issues are named and framed. The […]

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Where Genome Editing and Artificial Intelligence Collide

New technologies present mind-bending possibilities for human “optimization.” But should we use them? From self-driving cars to the recent Equifax cyberattacks, headlines about emerging technologies remind us that the world is quickly changing in complex and unpredictable ways. The biomedical field is no exception. Just this August, the front page of major media outlets reported […]

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Exploring the Value of Public Forums for Building Consensus and Changing Perspectives

Over the summer, Nich Weller wrote about the “power of conversation,” reflecting on a public forum in Boston that brought together public participants and facilitators and staff from the Museum of Science to discuss the challenges of sea level rise and extreme precipitation in the Boston area. The Boston forum is part of a national […]

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