Revision: Cultivating Innovation for a Free, Equitable, and Sustainable Society

Shifting innovation culture: How can we make sure that technologies are operating for the benefit of all life forms, and advancing a free, equitable, and sustainable human society?
The challenge:

In a rapidly evolving technological landscape, it's imperative to establish frameworks that comprehensively map the long-term consequences of emerging technologies. This requires collaboration across disciplines to move beyond opportunistic viewpoints and develop evaluation mechanisms that account for the social, economic, and environmental impacts of technology. The challenge lies in creating participatory spaces to explore these issues and disseminate the findings effectively.

Our approach:

To facilitate meaningful exchange about these topics,, we organized Revision, an interdisciplinary conference bringing together leading experts in blockchain, AI, and big data. Beyond providing information, the conference aimed to foster critical analysis of how these technologies can drive social impact, address challenges to democracy in the digital age, and promote citizen participation.

To complement informative sessions such as roundtables, panels, and keynotes, we incorporated experimental methodologies through workshops. These workshops encouraged participation, facilitated insights, and provided direct engagement with industry experts. Additionally, exhibitions and performances explored the topic from various artistic perspectives.

The key insight:

While producing a large in-person event involves significant effort, it offers unparalleled opportunities for spontaneous connections and networking among participants. The challenge lies in synthesizing valuable information into accessible formats for all stakeholders, enabling further research on various topics.

The outcome:
  1. Revision resulted in a decentralized, cross-organizational conference in Berlin, bridging emerging technologies and social change over two days. With 20 co-creators, 18 satellite events, 1,200 participants, and 100 active speakers, the event engaged key members from influential institutions worldwide, including the German Parliament, Oxford Brookes University, Ashoka,, and Deutsche Welle.
  2. evolved into a public online repository mapping technology-related risks, offering a new accountability mechanism where stakeholders contribute to surfacing and mitigating risks. The visual database provides quality open data for policymakers, investors, organizations, and civil society. Additionally, all summit interactions were published online as a free archive.
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