Exploring the role and nature of future-orientation in influencing socio-technical change is more urgent than ever, as our collective ability to shape futures is increasingly outstripped by our capacity to make sense of our innovations. CSPO is investigating questions central to this dynamic and examining ways to improve outcomes for communities. How can foresight trigger alternative imaginations of the evolution of science, technology and society? How do projections of the future involving science and technology—be they optimistic or pessimistic, rigorous or casual, quantitative or qualitative—influence political framings and decision-making processes? This exploration involves nurturing a sense of the future that is as rich and pluralistic as our growing sense of the past. Amplifying and mobilizing future-oriented research and practice, CSPO designs and experiments with novel foresight methods; inquires into the epistemological and pragmatic workings of the future; and conducts interdisciplinary studies of anticipation in society.
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Are you interested in becoming a local partner for the U.S. dialogues? Please contact Mahmud Farooque as soon as possible! Recruitment is already under way for our October 24-25 forums. What is the role of the local partner? As a…
We the Internet: Citizen and Stakeholder Dialogues
Background: For the 55% of the world’s population connected to it, the Internet has been a source of transformational change. This connection has altered almost every facet of daily life, from the ways we communicate, learn, shop, and interact to…
World Wide Views on Climate and Energy
What is it? World Wide Views on Climate and Energy (WWViews on Climate and Energy) is a global citizen consultation, providing unique information about how far citizens around the world are willing to go, in order to deal with climate…
A Participatory Technology Assessment of NASA’s Asteroid Initiative
Project Description This Arizona State University-led pilot project of the Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology (ECAST) network will work collaboratively with NASA to design, test, develop, implement, analyze, and assess two on-site and one on-line citizen forums…
Alternative Imaginations Research Cluster
Alternative Imaginations (AI) Research Cluster is an intellectual space that seeks to cultivate complementary perspectives on science and technology to address inequality, ecological harmony and sustainability. AI’s mission is to promote dialogue and understanding of alternative knowledge systems in assessing…
Plausibility Project Workshop
Project Duration November 19-20, 2009 Project Leaders Cynthia Selin, Assistant Research Professor, CNS-ASU and CSPO Arnim Wiek, Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability About the project The Plausibility Project seeks to better understand the meaning and significance of plausibility through questioning…