There’s an interview with Adrian Smith, a researcher on the Community Innovation in Sustainable Energy GI project, about “social technologies and niches for sustainable transformation” in the September edition of Saber Cómo (the monthly newsletter of the Argentinean National Institute for Industrial Technology). There are also contributions from Renato Dagnino from Unicamp and Hernan Thomas from Quilmes University.
Social technologies are processes of technology development that seek to be inclusive towards the poor and marginalised, as well as environmentally sustainable. There are affinities with grassroots innovations, but obviously in very different circumstances and with different purposes.
We have been in regular exchange with a research project investigating the innovation and diffusion of social technologies led by Hernan Thomas and Mariano Fressoli. Mariano will be returning to SPRU on an ESRC-SSRC Visiting Fellowship next month (see also this blog for Monday 21 June 2010).
For the full article (in Spanish), click on this link.