The aim of SMART-map (RoadMAPs to Societal Mobilisation for the Advancement of Responsible Industrial Technologies) is to define and implement concrete roadmaps (SMART Maps) for the responsible development of technologies and services in three fields.
SMART-map builds on the Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) concept promoted by the European Commission. This approach asks innovators to take into account potential implications and societal expectations in their work and to adapt their business process accordingly. It focuses on key themes such as open science, public engagement, ethics, gender, governance, science education, sustainability, inclusion and social justice.
The project has its roots in previous experiences. The ResAGorA project has already developed a comprehensive governance framework for responsible research and innovation, the RRI-Navigator©. Other projects such as RRI Tools, CIMULACT, VOICES have given a set of tools and options on the RRI themes as well as on the participative methods. One of the objectives of SMART-map is indeed the involvement and the engagement of citizens through very concrete means.
What’s new with SMART-map?
Regulators and funders are placing ever greater emphasis on RRI. Innovators may soon be expected to prove that they have addressed issues such as social impact or open data in their processes. SMART-map will design and test tools to help companies do that in a smooth and efficient way, and to make sure that citizens have their say on the development of new technologies.
SMART-map will aim at producing a concrete tool, something that innovators can actually include in their industrial processes. The challenge, as well as the ambition, will be to understand and meet the industries urgencies and pressures. The project takes into considerations the problems innovators have to face in their daily life. It will consider that start-ups, spin-off and young industries often lack resources and structures to be dedicated to RRI issues. On the other hand, bigger industries already have Corporate Social Responsibility departments but the workforce might not immediately see the benefits of including the RRI approach in their daily activities.
SMART-map aims at giving voice to all the issues form different actors, from industry and form society. The project developed a new format to encourage the debate among the different stakeholders, the so-called “Industrial Dialogue”. Innovators, as well as civil society organisations and lay people, were invited to participate in the Industrial Dialogues Events, in order to collect as many different perspectives and practical recommendations as possible.
What is a smart map?
A smart map is a tool meant for industries to reach and engage the right actors of society.
The end goal of the project will be the production of a blueprint. Innovators will thus be provided with a set of concrete indicators to be easily implemented in existing practices. This tool will contribute to making innovation processes more useful and more accepted by society.
The SMART maps will be tested in three pilot firms, one for each of the innovation topics, in order to make sure that the tool is effective and that it can be easily adopted. People from R&D, as well as people from departments involved in RRI dimensions (e.g. HR, PR, etc.), took part in the six workshops. While the smart maps are being tested in each specific field, the project will also consider the challenges at the interface of all sectors. Interdisciplinary dialogues will serve to explore the societal challenges of innovation and research at the cross-boundaries. At the end of the test phase, the SMART Maps will be released to be adopted by industries.
Smart maps with and for society
In developing the SMART Maps, the project will take advantage of the expertise and the recommendations of the Advisory Board, composed of two sub-groups: the SMART-map RRI Angels and the Societal Watchdog. The RRI Angels will ensure that the key RRI themes are covered by the maps. Another strategic board made up of civil society representatives (Societal Watchdog), will guarantee a continuous interaction and collaboration between industry and society at large along the entire course of the project.