Introduction: Engaging with Nanotechnologies Engaging Differently?
Vol. 1, Num. 2
The focus of this article is upstream public engagement, or the ways in which various segments of the public are ebing brought in, usually through interest groups, to lend their insights and opinions to the process of pursuing nanotechnology, rather than to make judgments on science that has already been performed. The article serves as an introduction to the next four pieces in the journal, and finds in them the idea that without adequate critique upstream engagement might end up re-producing out-dated forms of science communication or being rejected as a failed concept before it has even matured. While upstream public engagement is preferable to nanotechnologies embedded in culture downstream of the innovation process, there is obviously still some room for the former to grow.