Call for SEAD White Paper proposals to fill the gaps

Colleagues

 

We have accepted some 60 abstracts for SEAD white papers so far

http://seadnetwork.wordpress.com/white-paper-abstracts/abstracts/

Saulo Barretto has just submitted this one from Brazil. It is interesting
to see how the discourse around ‘art,science.technology’ emphasises
different arguments in different countries

We are still accepting late proposals for White Papers until the
end of the month- there are a number of gaps where we have received
no or few white paper proposals including:

Suggested White Papers topics:

• Building regkional Infrastructure
Gender Issues
• Economic Development: case studies from the cultural sector (emphasis on art.tech.science)
• Models for Incubator Programs (Bigger question… what are we incubating?)
• Resource Landscape or How stuff gets made….
• Influencing Organizational Change (examples, benchmarks, and frameworks)
• Getting Connected: why do networks work or fail
• New Forms of Curatorial Practice
• To Make STEAM you need Water – what’s feeding the movement
• STEM PIPELINE…. when Creative Interventions Help to Mend Rusty Pipes
• The FIELD — Broader Impacts
• Art/Tech/Science Intersections
• A Day in the Life of the Art.Tech.Science “Creative Professional / Researcher”
(perhaps a photo essay)
• Manifesto: We’re way beyond Productivity… now what?
• So just what do we need to advocate for? globally, the universe, locally
• Advocacy for the Art.Tech.Science platform… toward a new National Agencies
• Networked Events: the birth and growth of SEAD
x No white papers from Africa and Middle East
Roger

here is saulo’s
The Human Project
Saulo Faria Almeida Barretto; Renata Piazzalunga
Instituto de Pesquisas em Tecnologia e Inovação, Brazil
The Human Project is a proposal for a model of human development for regions with high social
and economic vulnerability, based on the relationship between art, science and technology, having
culture and environment as cross cutting elements. This model is being deployed by the Instituto de
Pesquisas em Tecnologia e Inovação (IPTI) in the municipality of Santa Luzia do Itanhy, one of
Brazil’s poorest regions, but that holds an important environmental and cultural heritage. In
practice, what we do is to apply this art, science and technology relationship in the development of
Social Technologies, with focus on education, public health and employment and income
improvement (creative economy), basic pillars of the development in such regions, with a systemic
and evolutionary perspective.
Social Technologies are defined as “products, techniques and/or re-aplicable methodologies
developed in the interaction with the community and that represent effective solutions for social
transformation”. In practice this concept implies an approach to science and technology quite
innovative, especially because it puts the community as an active part in the research process and is
no longer just mere beneficiary. For it is clear that there are issues related to technology ownership
and autonomy, essential for subsequent re-application, which can not be resolved in labs, not from
theoretical models.
One of the aspects we observed as very relevant to the application of The Human Project model is
that it not only allows the generation of innovative Social Technologies, but also provokes the
initiation of innovation in contexts destitute of any apparent possibility. This is due both to the
inclusion of a challenging way of construction of thought, in which researchers are motivated to act
jointly and interactively with the three main drivers of the THP, and to the possibility of including
community members in an effective and active manner in projects through the intuitive knowledge
that comes up by means of the stimuli of perception and senses activated by the bias of the
aesthetical, always present as a methodological premise in any IPTI interventions. Finally, another
relevant aspect of this model is that it is very effective to minimize the difficulties that arise in
scientific projects designed to be applied directly in the communities due to the large knowledge
gap between the research team and the local people.
However, establishing a relationship between art, science, technology and society runs into several
obstacles, starting with the traditional view of the scientific community to think less on issues such
as technological appropriation and more on scientific publications and patents that are still essential
for the development of any academic career. This is largely due to the way national systems of
science and technology evaluate researchers and institutions, always based on scientific production.
In the case of Social Technologies, the most significant result should be the number of reapplications,
i.e. the number of communities that have adopted the technological innovation, rather
then how many scientific papers had being published or conferences attended.
Through the practical results of various projects related to The Human Project we hope to
contribute to strengthening the relationship between art, science and technology as a strategy for
promoting human development, but also to contribute to a reflection and necessary improvement of
the current mechanisms for evaluating the scientific competence of institutions and researchers that
better meets the real demands of society.

Saulo Faria Almeida Barretto
Relacionamento Institucional e Novos Negócios
Instituto de Pesquisas em Tecnologia e Inovação

www.ipti.org.br

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