Technical change is crucial for sustainable development. Yet, it is unclear what kind
of technology policy would suit such development. In this article constructive tech
nology assessment (CTA) is offered as a model. CTA proposes broadening design by
bringing together all interested parties early on and throughout the design process.
CTA activities are not automatically directed at substantive goals such as those
incorporated in the notion of sustainable development. The purpose of CTA is to
shape technology development processes in such a way that social aspects are sym
metrically considered in the process itself. To evaluate and shape CTA processes
three criteria are offered: anticipation, reflexivity and social learning. These criteria
are applied to three case-studies to illustrate their usefulness.
|Title of host publication||Technology studies and sustainable development t|
|Editors||A. Jamison, H. Rohracher|
|Place of Publication||München|
|Number of pages||438|
|Publication status||Published - 2002|
|Name||Technik- und Wissenschaftsforschung = Technology and science research|