Our services

We provide consulting services on social and ethical impacts of technologies

Our consulting services are intended for organisations invested in technologies and their impacts; from companies to governmental and municipal organisations as well as consortia for EU projects. We are your partner in making innovation responsible.

Ethical and Social Impact Scan

How does your technological product or service perform ethically and socially? Does it have ethical or social liabilities? Let us identify its impacts so that you can avoid risks.

Ethical and Social Impact Management

What can be done to improve the ethical and social footprint of your product or service? How should its impacts be managed to increase societal acceptance sustainably and responsibly? Ask us about research-based solutions.

Other services

Keynotes, workshops, content curation, policy advocacy or training for your organisation in matters social and technological. Let’s find out together what we can do for you.

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Ethical and Social Impact Scan

Each smart city application influences what it means to be a citizen by changing citizens’ practices and relationships to the city. Each home appliance rearranges domestic relations and roles. Every technological product, system or service has social and ethical impacts – from high tech to low tech and regardless of its intended target markets or purposes.

The awareness of these impacts is growing rapidly, transforming accountability around technologies and raising the public’s expectations of responsibility in innovation – justifiably so. Understanding the social and ethical footprint of technologies is increasingly important for organisations developing, deploying or funding them.

How does your technological product or service of interest affect potential customers, users, citizens or other relevant stakeholders? Does it have ethical or social liabilities that can lead to backlash and loss of reputation?

Our Ethical and Social Impact Scan will provide you with a clear and structured

  • mapping of impacted stakeholders
  • analysis of the key impacts from a professional technology ethics perspective
  • audit of potential risks, areas of improvement and undiscovered potential related to your technological product or service

Whether your product or service of interest is already in use, being developed or has only been considered as a potential investment, the scan can improve your understanding of its social and ethical footprint.

Let technology ethics and social science research on impacts inform your strategic decisions and become firmly impact conscious about your key technological assets.

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Ethical and Social Impact Management

What counts as a ‘promising technology’ or a ‘great product’ is increasingly seen to depend on how it impacts the society at large. After all, it is the diverse group of impacted stakeholders who get to decide if different technological offerings are worth their acceptance, time and money.

The acceptance of technological products, systems and services has often gone unmanaged and received attention only after risks have already materialised. We believe that the increasing awareness of their social impacts calls for a proactive, professional response.

Our Ethical and Social Impact Management service will align the impacts of your technological product or service with diverse and dynamic societal expectations, concerns and circumstances.

Impact Management supports professionals with the most say on impacts such as those in charge of product or service strategy, R&D and communication.

Our team will assist your organisation in

  • developing a clearer picture of how specific societal developments can affect your technology
  • steering the impacts in R&D work accordingly with a broader societal perspective in mind
  • shaping the impacts to take into account specific stakeholder groups

Whether your product or service of interest is already in use, being developed or has only been considered as a potential investment, Ethical and Social Impact Management can improve your control over its social acceptance.

Let technology ethics and social science research become a concrete and constructive part of your product or service strategy and development. Let us find a sustainable and responsible role for your product or service in a rapidly changing society.

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Other services

Keynotes, workshops, content curation, policy advocacy or training for your organisation in matters social and technological. Let’s find out together what we can do for you.

We also deliver presentations, organise workshops, curate content, give policy advocacy and organise trainings on topics at the intersection of technology and society. Such topics include:

  • What are social impacts of technologies and why do they deserve attention
  • Why are technologies always political and never “just neutral tools”
  • Why does data not speak for itself
  • What is (unintended) discrimination by technologies and how can it be avoided
  • How can technologies be designed to have desired social impacts

Let us know if you would be interested in learning more about the above topics, or other topics at the intersection of technology and society. Let’s plan an empowering service package for your organisation together.