ECAST will engage
experts, stakeholders and everyday citizens in
assessing the broad implications of emerging developments
in science and
the world, the pace, complexity and social significance of technological changes are increasing. But the far-reaching social
ramifications are often not understood until after new technologies become entrenched. This can result in important lost opportunities,
significant social, economic, and environmental costs, and channeling societal development down long-term unhealthy paths.
Our mission is to support better-informed governmental and societal decisions on complex issues involving science and technology.
ECAST will comprise a national network of nonpartisan policy research
institutions, universities, and science centers working together to conduct nonpartisan and balanced technology assessments.
The founding institutional partners in ECAST
ECAST will use complementary expert,
stakeholder and citizen participation approaches to technology assessment, disseminate the results broadly, and seek continuous
improvement in the concepts and methods of technology assessment.
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Assessment: A 21st Century Model, by Richard Sclove, PhD:
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Click here to watch the video recording of Dr. Sclove's presentation from April 28, 2010.