RRI Tool: Techno-Moral Vignettes

Exploring Moral Aspects of Future Technologies

Techno-moral vignettes help you gain insight in possible future moral aspects of your biotechnology research by elaborating future scenario’s. The innovations on biotechnology you contribute to today, will make their impact on the world of tomorrow. From the past we know that often such innovative (disruptive) technologies have all sorts of unforeseen consequences. To anticipate and steer your innovations the use of these techno-moral vignettes can help you to explore possible unintended effects of your innovations.

When to Use This Tool

When you would like to explore with scenarios the possible unintended impacts of biotechnology innovations on society.

How to Use This Tool

Here you can find eighteen brief  scenarios, describing possible futures made possible through synthetic biology. You can use these as starting point for moral deliberation, aided by a small number of simple questions that can guide your conversations: what issues are raised in each vignette, and what changes have been effected through the technology at issue.

Tool Categories

Place of application: Management, Research
Purpose of tool: Inspiration & Guidance

Tool Developed By

Required Investment

4 hours

Expertise Needed

Expertise level required when you do it yourself:

  • Novice

External support:

  • Facilitator is needed to guide you through the whole process of self-assessment
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Expected Results

  • Tangible understanding of (un)intended societal impacts when pursuing innovative technologies.
  • Providing moral issues that need to be reflected upon and opportunities to direct your innovation in a responsible way.

PRISMA: Responsible Research & Innovation in Industry

From pilots to CEN-standard  

The PRISMA project has conducted pilot studies with 8 companies in order to help them to better integrate Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI) in their innovation process and business practices. These pilots have provided case studies and good practices on RRI.   

Based on the experience with  eight pilots and consultations with industry and standard organization, PRISMA initiated an upcoming  CEN  (European Committee for Standardization) standard for companies aiming at developing a strategy for Responsible Innovation.

This  standard (also known as RRI-Roadmap)   is aligned with existing standards and policies on risk and innovation management, and corporate social responsibility (CSR), such as the standards ISO 26000, ISO 9001, ISO 31000, ISO 56000.

 

Latest Updates

 

PRISMA Roadmap

Based on the experience with  eight pilots and consultations with industry and standard organization, PRISMA developed a practical guideline and standards for companies aiming at developing a strategy for Responsible Innovation.

The RRI-Roadmap methodology is aligned with existing standards and policies on risk and innovation management, and corporate social responsibility (CSR), such as the standards ISO 26000, ISO 9001, ISO 31000, ISO 56000.

Jointly with CEN, the European Committee for Standardization,  further steps will be initiated regarding the roadmap. See also our press statement.

PRISMA Pilot Results: Cases & Best Practices

The goal of the PRISMA-project was to draw specific lessons about how RRI can be implemented in industry, ranging  from small enterprises to large corporations to consortia with universities. To this end, the  project included cooperation with 8 different companies in the field of  automated cars, internet technology, drones, biotechnology, synthetic biology, and nanotechnology.

The PRISMA Toolkit for Responsible Research & Innovation

The PRISMA Project has delivered a toolkit for small or medium-sized companies that aspire to develop innovative products and services with which genuine societal needs are addressed and a contribution is made to both environmental and economic sustainability.