The student can:
- defend the value of foresight in socio-technical contexts.
- explain and give examples of different types of foresight approaches (predictive, explorative, normative).
- analyze the current socio-technical context and potential futures of an innovation/design.
- design and construct socio-technical scenarios for future use of an innovation/design in which society, markets, and users/consumers/citizens play a crucial role.
- design interview protocols which can be used for conducting interviews both inside and outside a company.
- use academic English in both oral and written form.
Implementing innovations successfully is not just a matter of a great idea and effective product or process development. It is perhaps more important to have an idea of what your innovation will do once you put it ‘out there’, i.e. when you decide to make it publicly accessible on the market or otherwise. This aspect of innovation dynamics is explored in “Socio-technical Futures”.|
How can we shape the energy transition? Which technologies will be successful and how acceptable are these technologies in society? What consequences may the implementation of radically new ways of generating or distributing energy have on our everyday lives? Or is it, perhaps, more prudent to take it slow and make small changes continuously? These are the kind of questions, which people engaged in “foresight” ask themselves. They try to find ways in which we can deal with the uncertainties of the future and make sensible, responsible decisions about innovations in products and processes, but also in, for example, governance approaches.
In Socio-technical Futures, the background of innovation in society is explored. During lectures, a way of looking at society is presented that helps to understand the role of innovation in socio-technical change. This perspective is used to structure a thorough analysis of innovations and what effects they may have. A thorough analysis of ‘what is’ represents the basis on which scenarios for the future use of innovations can be developed. The students will engage with a method to design and construct scenarios that take into account the perspectives of a variety of stakeholders, including not only users/consumers/citizens, but also markets and society in general.