Towards new forms of participatory technology development

J.W. Schot

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTechnology studies and sustainable development t
    EditorsA. Jamison, H. Rohracher
    Place of PublicationMünchen
    PublisherProfil Verlag
    Pages41-63
    Number of pages438
    ISBN (Print)3-89019-540-7
    Publication statusPublished - 2002

    Publication series

    NameTechnik- und Wissenschaftsforschung = Technology and science research
    Volume39

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