At an ESRC Festival of Social Science event on 12th November 2020 (12:30) Wired Sussex at Fusebox director Phil Jones is interviewing Prof Andy Stirling and Prof Adrian Smith in a roundtable discussion. They will discuss (and debate) the importance of democratising innovation at this current juncture, and considering practical examples of how people around the world are already practicing new forms of innovation and/or demanding better from existing innovation institutions.
Discussion will explore why technology, and the kinds of digital futures explored at Fusebox and elsewhere, are deeply social matters, and how the politics of such innovation demands democratic approaches in technology. Andy and Adrian draw on their ESRC social science research, and particularly the ESRC STEPS Centre at University of Sussex Andy Stirling is Professor of Science and Technology Policy in the Science Policy Research Unit at University of Sussex researching on democracy, power and uncertainty in science and innovation. Adrian Smith is Research Professor in Technology & Society in the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex. He works in collaborative projects that aim to help people better understand and engage in grassroots initiatives for democratising technology and innovation.