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The idea isn’t new, but the application is. In its 2016 budget request to the President, NASA listed conducting a participatory technology assessment (pTA) for its Asteroid Initiative, a first for a US federal agency, among its accomplishments for 2015. This month a US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report highlighted the same project among “7 practices that agencies can use to effectively engage the public.” Yet the road to getting from “Forget Politicizing Science” to “Let’s Democratize Science” has not been easy. Join CSPO DC associate director Mahmud Farooque to learn how entrepreneurship and engagement in the nation’s capital is transitioning CSPO’s “motherhood and apple pie” policy concepts into practice.
Please RSVP by noon on Tues., 10/25 to bit.ly/NotMomspTA
Mahmud Farooque is a clinical associate professor in the School for Future of Innovation in Society and the Associate Director of the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO) DC. His work focuses on linking science and innovation policy to improved decision-making and better societal outcomes. As the principal coordinator of Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology (ECAST), Mahmud co-led WWViews on Biodiversity (2012), Participatory Technology Assessment of NASA’s Asteroid Initiative (2014), and WWViews on Climate and Energy (2015) projects. Currently he is a Co-PI in NOAA’s community engagement project for environmental literacy, resilience and decision-making and PI of the DOE’s participatory engagement project for energy planning and policy decision-making.