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Lab to Live: How Envisioning approaches emerging technology towards sustainable development.

Insa Illgen
Project Director Sectorproject Sustainable Mobility at GmbH Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
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Lab to Live: How Envisioning approaches emerging technology towards sustainable development.

Featuring:

Insa Illgen - Project Director - GIZ

Michell Zappa - Founder & CEO - Envisioning (Moderator)

Arthur Seares

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Insa Illgen
Project Director Sectorproject Sustainable Mobility at GmbH Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Michell Zappa
Founder + CEO at Envisioning
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Start the day on hand. It over to the amazing Michelle Zappa founder and CEO of envisioning will be having a conversation on how in visioning approaches emerging technology towards sustainable development of a TV show for the action. I wish I could be with you guys in kingscross. Like here. We are online live in some Paulo or it's still son. Still isn't really up and West me as inside Elgin from jesiden arthritis. Confession out of product in the one of the

partners of envisioning. And I've been quite involved with Detective Vector project that we going to discuss today. I'm from a very sunny and warm Berlin, which is quite unusual. So very happy to be here and see you all. Yes, hi. I'm inviting I'm base in Frankfurt. Actually. Also very sunny, very long today. I'm proud of stream Development Corporation GSX and I am the current Project Director on the sector project to sustainable Mobility, but I was for my head of the detector and part of the development.

Thank you. And so, so Arthur. And inside were heavily involved, in developing at what we got a show to you today and before diving into the actual platform. I'm going to talk to you at a high level of about one of those. Niggas is why we care so much about the apology and I'll kick things off with this image which which sets the tone for me. At least. This is a series of drones flying over the Bund in Shanghai. A couple of months ago, producing a QR code of the air of this month to make us realize that technology arguably is it always a solution to problems but

rather it introduces a whole host of new questions that we ask ourselves about especially regarding whether the technology that is something that they want on with this in mind on a series of other examples. Of course, of how the college's is unfolding is is the reason we're here? Because technology affect us so much. And how do you protocol? I about it and having informed you of how, it's actually developing. We believe that's crucial technology, Research Institute. We try making sense of the qualities as they progress over time and we find

ourselves. We try finding ourselves instead of in the intersection of the academic private and public sectors in following technology and explaining it to the public Global remote since day one. And we have this particular view of what the mileage actually is there. Many ways, a framing knowledge, allocate probably says it's best. I leave everything invented after were born but it seems new as technological and Technology progresses in a certain direction. If science is overtime in the cheapest visible,

history of of, of words of how it ended up where it is right now at the cology changes, our expectations, we used to When we were hungry now, we talked. So it affect the way we perceive the world and we had to think about technology in terms of their heart. And we, we forget to see the systems as a whole for what they are. And all of these aspects of our developed world are technological. The nature. So not just the mattress currency, but the fact that we can store value in an object

has your money is technological lunch at the pencil on the paper with the concept of writing the concept of a brief shaping, the surface of our planet for agriculture. All of these are Technologies and all of these change to some extent overtime and it's exactly of the space that we're trying to track. It makes sense of where it's going and why that's happening. You could say that everything we create as technological everything we make everything we build that isn't that the natural world is not inherently technological. I'm glad you tomorrow slow and other exponential changes to

Kelsey say the things that faster faster things get cheaper faster because of this, we are so tremendously interested in keeping track of it and then helping out in making sense of where it's going and especially bring in a measured I to take a logical development on being less caught up in the height. Anthropology has this strong correlation between imagination and an innovation of what actually happened. So we have a countless examples for Black Mirror examples of what science fiction turns into science fact overtime this one for Ready Player one with

haptic gloves to over and over and over. We keep seeing science fiction becoming science fact overtime. And one of the ways that we measure that is through something called TRL or technology Readiness level which is an open standard used by Aerospace and other Industries where technology progresses numerically from A1 all the way up to 9 and when it's when it's a low, number climbs up from being a concept, the proof-of-concept the validate. This doesn't mean that every concept becomes a product, but it means that every product began as an idea or

concept. Progress over time is crucial to us because oftentimes it feels like we're all the time is a difficult to discern whether any given technology is science fiction or where did Zach, whether it's actually happening. And we, we try going through Great Lengths to actually tracking both triangulating where it's at, communicating it at any given moment will have acknowledged Ace across all levels of development. South currently a trl1. We have things like the Dyson swarm, which is very much science fiction covering the planet or the sun with solar panels

might take a while,, but it's an idea that it's been flushed out an idea, space on that might at some point it might become reality. Whereas things like temperature tracking systems, which we're not as widespread year or two ago as they are now quickly when Trump said of mid-level trl2, hi to Euro due to global needs. So I don't even acknowledge. We have a Sprite at the college. This is a crucial element of what will be showing you because much of our tracking revolves around finding these metrics and finding these, the numbers behind the story

to not get caught up in the hype of the collagen. And that we're going to spend the rest of the session talk about the sector which is a platform to looking at ecology surrounds bendable development when she done Arthur and inside let it charge and developing over the last year and we're going to play a brief video. These are some highlights of the session of the pepper. Going to play a brief video that explains the platform at the Highlight on them that we're going to do an indexed, a screen share an explanation of how it came together. So she can, please play

the video station and digitalisation enable comprehensive and transformative change in order to achieve sustainable development goals harnessing. The potential of Innovative Technologies will be crucial Innovation cycle does shortening and the complexity of Technology Innovations is increasing tremendously. In order to utilize the growing potential of Innovative Technologies for sustainable development of a comprehensive, systematic analysis. Is that technological maturity that is

essential technology. Innovations can be key factors for social change. The effective and strategic use of emerging Technologies for sustainable development. Technology, GI dad's Tech, detector provides a comprehensive analysis of the sustainability impacts and Readiness level of 100 carefully selected Technologies, which have been extensively analyzed using. NASA's TRL methodology, which technology is represented by a circle in the radar. Its appearance in positioning provide a wealth of information as a grown

Technologies can be filtered by reading this level or easily identified by that positioning as one of full Readiness categories. Technologies can also be filtered by sustainability impact, which is visible. Through the shade around the technology Circle icon the larger, the shade, the higher, the impact. Identity impact is based on crowdsourced metrics covering all three sustainability Dimensions as well as cross-cutting areas. Yusuf can Target specific and relevant Technologies in the filter section. For instance. If you

walk in Social Development and you want to understand what technologies are impactful in your field, simply highlight your sector and it will only show relevant Technologies, indicated by yellow circles head. The other functions. What's the radar for instance, by impact from least to most impactful? Finally, selecting a technology? It revealed a comprehensive analysis. The gap between the development of sustainable development goals, find out more and test the talk to text to text to text to

adult G. I said. D e. Secure emphasize. This is freely available. Like the texture. Teehee or text back there. She I said like to eat every. All of this work is done for the public and freely available. I'm done with no further Ado, Arthur you want to pull up the screen share and want to talk through what the platform looks like and we can and will Yes, so rude to you. So have you want again? I'm very happy also to show a bit of the difference in the development that we had from the video. We've just shown to the prospector. We're

showcasing right now. There's been a big of a Lucien the way that we're framing the project and the way that representing the research. So the detective actor has is a very good goal to keep monitoring the impact of emerging Technologies and sustainable development. And the way we're doing, this is representing a continuous research. That is linking different contexts in different challenges with the impact in technologies that are being applicable to that situation, the way you can navigate on the project. You can look we presented reach.

When you open the landing page, you can see the different objects that we have that are organized into Mane. Both objects that are stories that are telling dessert. Down in the way and contacts phone, contacts realising the Technologies, but we also have different types of Technology objects that are the domains. So we can see this is as big topics of technologies that I can come by saying different applications and different methods and it serves as a very good intro for you that are not so aware of the, the context of a given technology or doesn't have so much of an

expertise is a very good lie, way to get yourself started with this. We provided quite comprehensive description. Give you a bit of a context of what's happening with the skin technology. You reciting the different methods that are available to do this but also showcasing different type of technological applications that are available giving quite a comprehensive bibliography that you can look and research a bit more but also collecting just two different content in the in the platform. So when we look about it at additive manufacturing, we can look for instance and see Story about

industrial, 3D printing, or portable Factory. That I'm categorizing different ways. The great thing about a Tec, the tractor and what is something that we are very happy about it. Is that there's a layer of consuming the content, but this is heavily backed through the data and data visualization in that sense. So together with the platform where you consuming the Saints, watch that we've shown in the, in the video as well. We have a date of birth control that you can find a navigator all over this continent and cut the grass

in many different ways to find information that you're looking for. So in this case, we can look at the different metrics that we explain the sustainability impact engendering pact. Are we going to be a bit? Probably discuss if it's in a second the technology rather than this level. We can also look and future just given applications through the different topics that they are connected to sew biological diversity dish. Call me or so forth. We can also future them by different Industries or different sustainable, development goals, such as gender, equality, or quality education.

And from them on, you can start to navigate and Future. With this deal to kind of get the better inside of the technologies that you want to search and getting more information on. So whenever you open a technology, you be able to see a short summary of them, would be able to see the different metrics. So the technology Readiness level, the sustainability impact. And the breakdown of the different factors that we analyze the impact it has been accessed as well. But the different domains and the different stories are connecting to. This fits a very all-encompassing that you can

really spend a lot of time Gathering knowledge and understanding a bit more about the implications that the technologist can have with the focus on sustainable development. And once again, as Michelle mention, this is a completely open platform. You can just go to take the decal phone. The right now, and then just browse this as you go as well. I'd like to hear from inside a little bit around the Does that you guys face as a public institution in tracking this on, perhaps how you thought that I working with this kind of platform approach, would

help that she's going to speak to about a little bit and Sons like a general service provider and we are like in general dedicated to shaping the future worth living around the world says, it's kind of like how we working out daily in our daily work like on the ground, with our partners, but at the same time we see that there's like an increasing amount of like emerging Tech. Which might have like a very positive impact on our work and on the ground. So we felt that it may be better to to focus on developing a guiding tool and the Very analytical

assessment instead of just focusing like on one technological High because this is what we see it like in many other institutions that sometimes it's very it's very nice to just follow likes newspapers. Headline regarding hosers like one block Shane approach. Can we not just do something with it? And even though we all like experts on sustainable development? We are like by. No means like a tech company. So I felt like to to to go into this Corporation, Elizabeth you guys from envisioning? It was for a very interesting trying to stand. Like how do you actually like

how it technology has evolved and also for us to kind of, like, reframe at? What point does it actually makes? For last like ours and working and very sensitive comes to contact stuff. Like we are what we are doing really like has like an impact on the people on the ground. So we cannot do like a very quick shots on something. So that's, that's by no means something we can or want to do. So, for us about the really critical to to build literacy and knowledge around like technologies will evolve

and something that may be in a very early stage. Maybe we just have to create knowledge around resolve just like implementing it. So I felt it was it was actually a very different approach going right into implementation was one specific technology, but instead like feeling like a broader assessment on what impact my technology have and not only in God's hands like their maturity level, but especially on sustainable development. Like different dimensions and it's not only economic. It is also social it's illogical and far as we are. Very proud

icons that we develop with you guys because Dad is very, very impactful, actually fought for our troops. Nice, and so I mean, I know it's early in the process. But when we talked about the global Community around stainable development, what kind of Leverage your support, do you feel you're looking for? Because I recall one of the objectives was also to help instill this type of Thinking Beyond G. I said that's one of the reasons we make it so public an English as well. You want to speak to that a little bit? Direct me to General. I

think there's like what we also said in the video, like, Bridging the Gap between like the International Development community and I definitely like linkages. But sometimes Whispers only very loud players or only like in regards to like startup Community, which is more and direction of electric Creations on the ground rather than let's use the dissolution. Think about. So I think we should have like a close a corporation because when I look into the future of Development Corporation, this will have like a very tremendous impact on how we actually deliver. I was like, I

really believe in the potential of sustainable development and we cannot do this like I like I think we just likes International Development Community have to build like a very strong network of service providers, but also like on providers and we have to Create like technical literacy on this. Thank you. I'm trying to promote with envisioning is to reduce a bit of this polarization on the topic of emerging Technologies in the sense that we are either putting it in Missouri with Topia and techno

optimistic place or on the opposite side and a very dystopian situation. But in both ways, this is really distancing ourselves from the continent that and it looking at Technologies in a very pragmatic way. I would also say that Agreeing. And then very happy with the result that we've accomplished with the sustainability impact metric. But also, the gender impact metric, the sense that we are offering a different frame of analysis for Technologies, or at least another way of contemplating, how technology can be applicable in a general

sense, because we could see the most of the analysis are a big part of the discourse. That's been happening with technology, has been quite centered on the economic impact of the disruption and industries. What can it do? And how it can create or things in that way. But there are very many different ways as well of looking at emerging Technologies and the factors of It's a very heavily censored on the sustainability approach. If we look at the 2030 agenda and the way that we're framing the technologist, all the categorization are connected to the state of development goals.

And this has been in the corps of like looking in Technologies, to be a very good tool, not putting this in a pedestal or like, do you want anything it in a way if we can make this comparison but like really looking at the possible implications and I think this is what we've been trying to materialize. And the stories and the narratives of are creating. We're looking ahead not putting just a very stereotypical approach to a given technology, but also the type of dynamics that we are approaching in our workshops and interactions that we have. We're really trying to extrapolate.

How does technology can be used in a given context to a given a Persona, or a given situation and really exercise, the possible positive for me? The negative implications and what can we do to the goal that we want to accomplish? And just to to add on this, I think it is very important to understand that they're all like no easy answers. Like there's not like a bye. Bye there. Any of the technologies that will showcase and protected Hector saying like, oh you just buys. It's like for your local project in

wherever rule Africa. Thanks. This is not how this works. So we will never have like a true love that's giving us likes the full answers on like which Technologies can be used because there's always, I can look context. It's always liked, depending on like, what's your local situation? Like, who are your partners? How is likely the surrounding? So what's the addictive digital infrastructure? Like what kind of in that what we have, not solved at this kind of like in my understanding. I see we will never have like an automatic

Solution on. Oh, you can use this technology in this specific. For this specific question. Are we They would always be like a local contact, very need like expert knowledge on the ground giving like an attachment on. This is working in this context at this specific time. So I think this was something that we also like realized when we started the project that they were like very high house, but I just use this technology. So this is like not where we doing.

It's really more, excellent capacity development, creating awareness and knowledge on emerging text at it. And it also even like an understanding of what's actually like a tech application in, in contrast to like what like attack over an area of feel like, I think sometimes this goes like, very slowly into each other. So, we realize that it's it's, it's not an easy solution. It's not a creek Kwik Shop that he used. So yeah. Well, so one of the things I hear and

one of the approaches we have is to avoid so-called technological solution is MM solution. Isn't this Abyss idea that any problem has it been? Nine technological solution? Of course, we realize that it's not. It's rarely the case. And often times were led to believe that the qualities are solutions to all of our problems. And I see a question around the decision-making for what should be added to the platform. So what kind of criteria we use to include apologies or to not include them. I

think it's There's a mixed stuff way of decision. In the sense that there is. Wonders, the general agenda of the editorial voice of detected, extra, as looking into the horse important and relevant topics for sustainable development. But we are also working closely with different teams in side of gate set to serve for them as a tool to address the needs of the challenges that they're facing and I think a good an important Point. Connecting to what you just mentioned. Was it the technology is just as Solutions, we

really like to frame this and a sense of building a future literacy surrounded by technology or technological insights. In the sense that as Enzo is also mentioning is not that you're going to have while now. You can just purchase this technology from this company and then you can solve all your problems does is completely unrealistic also the assessment. So we're having their serving as a good point of view to Bridge and to engage. Directions. On those topics, I'm setting a very good way of understanding most of the time. Some of the

engagements. Do we have come from a challenge? That's the different teams are looking for more inspiration or they're looking to break up. It's the mold from just looking from one vertical, but looking cross-section of different Industries are different sectors. I think this reflects a lot as well on the way. We organized. Accountant inside detector. There's a very it's very easy to jump from different disciplines and we're really not trying to keep Technologies in a specific Silo. I think this is a good reflection of as well of the decision-making process

to how we added Technologies at times. It would be very specific but we really try to show them as platforms for developing things in the future. To start wrapping things up. I want to hear from both of you. What were some sources of inspiration behind this? Because I know we're doing things quite differently, which we like used as I kind of like understanding, like, there's like a specific hype around him a text and then it actually like drops again. So that was like, terrify,

not make impacts and that was really disturbing for us because we felt like we cannot like look into specific Technologies, resolved. Recognizing that there is like a potential negative impact and we got to like energy usage, which is critical pause or excess ability and transparency. Speedy that we kind of like me to develop as sustainability metrics. That is like a line with our understanding of what to say for development and that it's not only like it's namik. So I think that was like, the starting

point for us and I think we developed much at least like more attractive and very, very awesome. I think two of us like much more than just like. I feel like a number of a nice Technologies listed is actually like a development development tool and I am so excited also that we have like close this off because it's not that easy to work with the last organization as ours and twice. Is also sometimes not easy to work like with a very fast thinking of smaller organization. So I think we we did quite well throughout the time to kind of like weed

eater had this Vision that this is possible and if you really wanted to do this together, so I'm really excited that we we we Currency, like really rolling it out. Like we're saying that our organization. It is, it is now becoming like part of our services within Organization for our project on the ground. And that's like also like very awesome to see that this is sweetie. I can now having that can impact on our pull you into country. So that's where we wanted to be at the beginning. So this is pretty great and thanks to all of you that you have pushed through with us and

put up with us at some point. It's a group effort. Arthur. Yeah, I think adding two deaths. We are very happy as well to have a partner. Such a gate set in the sense that we are able to do. This isn't a public utility. That is something that's open and available for everyone to use and to read and Jax's. I think information, and good information, such a powerful thing. And I'm very happy to be able to be producing this and inspiring and enabling people to get more Curious to

get more inside, stew, may be challenged. Their thoughts about things to learn something that maybe do apply to attend the future. And I always carry this maybe two references in my, in the back of my head when I'm approaching this to things and I really like to cite them. As soon as I get as much as I can, Michelle knows already what's coming, but it's James Burke Connections, which is a science story and it talks about the Beth way in the connection of different technology. Throughout time and how that sometimes they were like completely disconnected from things. But eventually they

were connecting to create to something much bigger. I think that's quite a good reference to the way that we're seeing this different connections between the pastures were trying to link and I would also say is Joe cleaning because I'm a sci-fi fantasy. About The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. As the Don't Panic, if you could have this giant Universe of technologies, that is a single source of proof that such a great accomplishment. On that note, I grew up with Microsoft Encarta on CD-ROM,

and I've always felt. I felt so brilliant. Having a closed Universe. Miss was three Weber around the time. I was coming off the ground, but the idea of having on a car to the idea of having all the knowledge there is to have in a single play sad, knowing that that is bounded. Always felt like a huge distinction, and it's something that we're all so inspiring to doing here. So thank you so much. Everyone listening in and sign since I think Arthur for being here with us, if you're if you want to learn more about the platform, atop text picture. The E work findable and reachable

in terms of if you want to contact us at, thank you so much.

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