This understanding helps weave the story of engineering into the bigger story of society’s relationship with our technologies, and the imperative / opportunity for tech stewardship.
Especially when one also understands technology in the more fundamental way that is promoted by this platform, this understanding of engineering also highlights the responsibility and opportunity for the engineering profession to express leadership in the tech stewardship movement. To recognize and then share responsibly the immense power we wield as we create and apply technologies.
Key to sharing our power responsibly is establishing more meaningful connections with a wide diversity of backgrounds. In particular between the engineers who create technologies, and the branches of the social sciences who specialize in understanding the complex relationship between those technologies and society (i.e. Philosophy of Technology, Critical Media Studies, STS, etc…). Also to Indigenous Elders and Leaders who can offer radically different understandings of the nature of “engineering” and “technology” to challenge dominant understandings in a constructive manner.
Author: Mark Abbott, Executive Director, Engineering Change Lab Canada