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The Politics of Uncertainty – webinar with Natalie Burns and Andy Stirling

2nd February 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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This roundtable discussion is part of a project with the University of Sussex that looks beyond Silicon Valley to try and develop more effective and socially useful approaches to technology innovation.

The project links three digital entrepreneurs with three academics from the University of Sussex, to discuss with tech innovators and purpose-driven communities how they might integrate approaches derived from university research into their practices.

The Politics of Uncertainty

Join Natalie Burns, Strategy Director at United Us as she talks to STEPS co-director Professor Andy Stirling about his new book: The Politics of Uncertainty: Challenges of Transformation

Clearly, we live in uncertain times. But how do we respond? Current approaches see technology as an important way of controlling that uncertainty. But does that make assumptions about both the challenges we face and the way we think about tech innovation?

Looking at examples from around the world, Andy Stirling’s new book addresses these questions and comes to some very interesting conclusions, and is particularly critical about the most popular models of innovation.

About the speakers

Andy Stirling is Professor of Science and Technology Policy in the Science Policy Research Unit at Sussex University and co-director of the STEPS Centre. His research includes work on democracy, power and uncertainty in science and innovation.

Natalie Burns is Strategy Director at UnitedUs a branding agency that unites people, purpose and potential.

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UncertaintyTheme: Uncertainty

Uncertainties can make it hard to plan ahead. But recognising them can help to reveal new questions and choices. What kinds of uncertainty are there, why do they matter for sustainability, and what ideas, approaches and methods can help us to respond to them?

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2nd February 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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