International Handbook on Responsible Innovation
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International Handbook on Responsible Innovation

A Global Resource

Edited by René von Schomberg and Jonathan Hankins

The Handbook constitutes a global resource for the fast growing interdisciplinary research and policy communities addressing the challenge of driving innovation towards socially desirable outcomes. This book brings together well-known authors from the US, Europe and Asia who develop conceptual and regional perspectives on responsible innovation as well as exploring the prospects for further implementation of responsible innovation in emerging technological practices ranging from agriculture and medicine, to nanotechnology and robotics. The emphasis is on the socio-economic and normative dimensions of innovation including issues of social risk and sustainability.
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Chapter 34: Interview with Piero Bassetti, President of Fondazione Giannino Bassetti

Sally Randles


Piero Bassetti has been a central figure in the development of the concept of responsible innovation. Since its creation in 1999, the Bassetti Foundation of which he is President has been promoting the idea that innovation carries responsibility, playing a central role in the spread and uptake of this idea. Bassetti describes the reasoning and practicalities behind this mission, the influence of his personal position and the Bassetti Foundation’s industrial roots that led it into problematizing innovation.

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