Developing socially responsible innovations

Developing socially responsible innovations

Developing socially responsible innovations
Innovative solutions (e.g. reducing energy and resources use, or addressing climate change) often elicit strong emotional reactions from the general public.

Developing socially responsible innovations – the role of values and moral emotions

Innovative solutions (e.g. reducing energy and resources use, or addressing climate change) often elicit strong emotional reactions from the general public.

Negative emotions can lead to fierce resistance, whereas positive emotions can contribute to a successful introduction of innovations.

Goal

Developing socially responsible innovations aims to develop an innovative emotion-based design perspective for socially responsible innovations that are acceptable and justifiable on ethical grounds.

Developing socially responsible innovations?

This is important considering the emotional controversies with regard to many societal challenges related to climate change, energy and resource use, and water and food security.

  • Emotions are commonly seen as “irrational” in decision-making.
  • Traditional approaches aim at inducing positive responses to innovations, but they typically neglect values and moral considerations underlying emotional responses, making these approaches less effective and even ethically dubious.
  • We propose that people’s important values predict their emotional responses to innovations, which in turn drive public acceptability.
  • Values and emotions can therefore play a constructive role in developing socially responsible innovations.

General ethical principles and emotional processes

Our perspective is relevant for many sectors and different (cultural) contexts, since we examine general ethical principles and emotional processes.

Therefore, we collaborate with private partners that are active in different sectors where controversial innovations are being developed.

Results

We will develop guidelines on how to incorporate values and emotions in developing socially responsible innovations. This is pivotal for developing new governance models targeting socially responsible innovations.

Involved researcher(s)

Duration

2015-2019

Funding

The project is funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).

 

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