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Beyond public acceptance: Design of a societal incubator for promising (nano) technologies

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Virgil Rerimassie, Dirk Stemerding, Erik de Bakker & Rinie van Est. Beyond public acceptance: Design of a societal incubator for promising (nano)technologies. The Hague, Rathenau Instituut 2018

This report describes how a “societal incubator” could contribute to embedding promising new technologies within society. A societal incubator is a gathering place for collective learning processes at which all parties involved get to know one another’s opinions and motives better.



Part I

Design of a societal incubator

A societal incubator for promising (nano)technologies.

  1. The concept of a societal incubator
  2. Roadmap of activities within a societal incubator
  3. Script for the stakeholder workshops
  4. Requirements and rules
  5. Towards public acceptance and beyond

Part II

1 Introduction

  • Reason for this study
  • Four kinds of uncertainty when discussing nanotechnology
  • How NanoNextNL deals with these uncertainties
  • Questions to be answered by this study 

2 A first look at the desirability and form of the societal incubator 

  • Study of the literature and interviews with experts 
  • Interviews with stakeholders
  • Waiting games
  • The potential functions and limitations of a societal incubator
  • The organisation of a societal incubator
  • Summary of the main findings

3 Roadmap for a societal incubator focussing on a specific product.

  • Towards a socially acceptable product with added value
  • A promising product as starting poin
  • Public acceptance and added value as an ideal end result
  • Three crucial steps in a societal incubator process
  • Information and interaction 
  • Analysis
  • Continue or discontinue?
  • Script for an incubator workshop pilot

4 Societal incubator in action: an initial experiment

  • 4.1 Main points for consideration when discussing the case
  • 4.2 Lessons for improving the collective learning process 

5 Conclusions

  • 5.1 The societal incubator as a viable concept
  • 5.2 The agenda for a societal incubator 
  • 5.3 Institutionalising a societal incubator 

Appendix: Case selection
About the authors 








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