Science and Technology Innovation Program
January 2008 - F&G releases a new research brief looking into federal efforts at venture capital.
Allen Hammond, World Resources InstituteThe seeds have already been sown for the flowers that will blossom in the 21st century. If they are the flowers of wrath, they will spring from the poverty and inequity that are so evident as the 20th century ends. If they bloom into a garden of rare, harmonious beauty, it will be because we humans were wise enough to seek greater interconnectedness among the world's societies, rich and poor alike. In this interview, Allen Hammond discusses his book Which World? Scenarios for the 21st Century. The book probes the consequences of present social, economic, and environmental trends to construct three possible worlds that could await us in the 21st century: Market World, Fortress World, and Transformed World.
We discuss an Oregon initiative to improve the quantity and quality of civic participation in that state.
The Fordham Center on Law and Information Policy at Fordham Law School and the Commons Lab of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars are working together on a project focused on privacy and information systems that are being developed to help locate missing persons during natural disasters.
The Synthetic Biology Project is being launched to identify gaps in our knowledge of the potential risks of the field, explore public perceptions towards it, and examine governance options that will both ensure public safety and facilitate innovation.
Over the next few months, the Science and Technology Innovation Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will be running an experiment in the use of an online prediction market to explore the future of science and technology.
The Wilson Center's new Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies will study the potential health and environmental implications of nanotechnology products. Developments from this cutting-edge science will increasingly affect our everyday lives, from medicines to consumer products to new energy sources.
By harnessing the collective power of citizens and engaging communities in their own response and recovery, social media have the power to revolutionize emergency management. Yet, many challenges—including guidelines for use by response agencies, demonstration of value, and characterization of reliability—must be addressed if the potential of social media is to be fully realized in emergency response and relief efforts in the United States.