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Is ‘Digital Transition’ a Syntax Error? Purpose, Emergence and Directionality in a contemporary knowing-of-governance

Abstract: An important precondition for responsible innovation is the awareness of directionality: Dynamic innovation processes can take different turns, and they involve mixtures of more and less favorable consequences. The ongoing wave of digital innovations exemplifies how this directionality challenges societal actors to develop new strategic dispositions and so-called ‘knowings-of-governance’. Approaching innovation directionality from a…

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The interplay between digitalisation and the green transition

Their presentation of the ‘Digital Reset’ report insightfully established how the ‘twin’ digital/green transition is a two-sided sword with multiple potentials as well as threats. As yet, this emerging transition is not developing in a fair, sustainable direction – it needs to be redirected, a reset is needed. This critical framing of the ‘twin’ transition…

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Sarah Delvaux visiting scholar at Harvard University

Her doctoral research which investigates the co-production of innovation, politico-economic, and the socio-ecological orders in the context of promising innovative solutions and emerging markets seeking to achieve sustainable modes of production in Belgium, explicitly takes its theoretical roots in the interdisciplinary field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) and the work of Professor Jasanoff, pioneer…

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On work and ‘democratization transition’

In her inaugural lecture for the Henri Janne chair at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, prof. Isabel Ferreras explained how the organisation of work is not only about work itself – it is the convergence point between a range of societal crises such as widespread mental exhaustion, ecological crisis, declining trust, and the resurgence of…

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