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2015 STS Making and Doing Program

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Can Innovators Be Made?

Stettler, Marie, Virginia Tech


Matthew Wisnioski, Virginia Tech
Eric Hintz, Smithsonian Institution, Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation

Can Innovators Be Made? explores the history, experience, and future directions of “innovation expertise.” Over the past half-century, millions of dollars have been invested in training programs to inculcate innovative skills and qualities in scientists, engineers, and inventors, but also in youth. We are interested in: how programs for cultivating innovators emerge and evolve; what challenges their advocates face; how their success is measured; and what is at stake in normative prescriptions to pursue innovative lives. Reflexively, we ask also: how STS scholars can inform innovation policy and practice; how we can (and/or ought) maintain critical distance; how we can engage broader publics; and whether STS itself generates innovation expertise. To that end, we convened a two-day workshop of intense small-group discussion that offered a rare convergence of STS scholars with design executives, policymakers, and nonprofit advocates. Our presentation shares the results of this collaboration and explains how it can be a model for critical, participatory scholarship. 

Barbosa e Silva: STS ‘Making’ and ‘Knowings’

Battles: Lightbox: Art|Information

Clement: Mapping Internet Surveillance

Collier: The SERRC

Comisso: Scientific Legislation

Cross: Off The Grid

de la Torre: STS+ With Practitioners

Forlano: Reimagining Work

Gardner: Body Editing

Gruber: Making Mirror Neurons

Hamilton: The Anarchy of the Imagination

Hermans: rePlay: De-commodifying Music

Hosman: Solar Digital Libraries

Iles: Greening Chemistry

Irani: Matters of Care in Crowdsourcing

Jain: Things that Art

Klein: Experimental Methods

Lakoff: Limn: An Experimental Scholarly Magazine

Lee : Teaching Sewol Disaster

Liboiron: Civic Laboratory: Plastics

Lie: Film: Medical Imaging

Loukissas: Life and Death of Data

Lucena: CSR & Social Justice

Miller: The Shore Line

Morales-Nasser: STS and ART

Myers: The Write2Know Project

Nieusma: STS Design Program

Ostman: Nano & Society

Ostrowski: Empirical Prints

Peek: Making Machines that Make

Poirier: Cyberinfrastructure for STS

Quitmeyer: Mobile Wilderness Making

Richardson: Critical Digital Exhibits

Riley: Doing Engineering Justice

Rogers: Making Science Visible

Sabanovic: A Human-Centered Robotics Curriculum

Schwartz-Marin: Citizen-Led Forensics

Selin: Futurescape City Tours

Shrum: Light Years

Smiley: ‘zines as method

Southwick: BlackBox Vending Machine

Stettler: Can Innovators Be Made?

Taylor: Connecting-Probing-Reflecting Spaces

Vidart-Delgado : Department of Play

Visperas: Thinking with Catalyst

Wang: Wooden Boat Building

Warren: Crafting Digital Stories

Watts: The Energy Walk

Whynacht: The Now(here) Project

Woelfle-Erskine: Tell a Salmon

Ziewitz: How’s My Feedback?

Zuiderent-Jerak: Situated Intervention