Deepen understanding about the nature of technology, the energy transition and the relationship between them.
Estimated 2 hrs to complete 3 practice cycles
ENERGY TRANSITION VOICES
Hear tech stewardship reflections from energy professionals who are working to accelerate the energy transition.
Estimated 1 hrs to sample videos
Engage with one or more scenarios that place you in the centre of a tough decision relating to the energy transition..
Estimated 3 hrs to complete
Including a group session (virtual & in-person options)
The Energy Futures Lab is based in Alberta, Canada, the country’s largest energy producing region. This gives the EFL a unique perspective on the many tensions associated with the energy transition - and the resulting opportunities within them.
Whether you’re based in Alberta or not, we believe that the same fundamental tensions show up in other jurisdictions - so exploring them in the Alberta context should be informative no matter where you are based.
“Too often technological development is focused on frivolous purposes when there is so much to be done to meet our sustainable development challenges.”Mary Wells, Dean, Waterloo Engineering
“The creators and designers of technology have the right to interrogate the ethics of what they are developing. But our ethics only extend as far as our lines of inquiry. More responsible technology starts when we grant ourselves and each other the permission to inquire.”Martin Ryan, Strategy & Stewardship, ServiceNow
“Diversity and inclusion is critical to both the means and ends of tech stewardship. To start we must combat the ‘myth of rationality’ in engineering and tech fields that has for too long created a headwind against substantive change.”Marisa Sterling, P.Eng. – Past President, Professional Engineers Ontario
“To find regenerative paths forward, there is an opportunity to dance with different ways of knowing. Instead of choosing sides, we can enter a reflective space that welcomes a third presence where we combine insights from both.””Melanie Goodchild – Co-Founder, Turtle Island Institute
Can I take the TS for the Energy Transition Program (TS+ET) if I haven't yet completed the base Tech Stewardship Practice Program (TSPP)?
We won't stop you, but if you haven't yet completed the base TSPP we recommend that you complete the TS+ET materials integrated with the base TSPP. This will require 12+4 = 16 hours as opposed to the 6 hours that would be required if you'd already completed the TSPP. When you click on "Register" on this page, it will give you this option.
Do I need a technical background? Will I learn in this program about how different energy technologies work?
No - the program is specifically designed to look at our relationship with technology as individuals and as a society and examine how that relationship is shaping the energy transition. Every one of us is concerned about energy affordability and access but we are also concerned about climate change and pollution. How can we better understand these and many other value tensions so that we can be better informed on how we use, access, develop or otherwise support different technologies as part of the energy transition.
What if I disagree with this program or other participants when it comes to key questions about the energy transition?
Good! This program is not about getting everyone to agree about one specific path forward when it comes to the energy transition - rather it is about enhancing our individual and collective capacity to understand different values and perspectives, and find opportunities within tensions. This program is about challenging ideas, not people. We welcome a diversity of opinions on what the energy transition should look like, but it's worth noting that our program recognizes anthropogenic climate change and is rooted in the scientific principles of sustainability.
What will the program look like / how will it be delivered?
The program has been designed as a light and flexible overlay to existing work and education activities. It consists of a series of "practice cycles," each of which is framed around a simple, yet powerful question. Short videos are used to introduce questions and share sample responses before you are invited to share your own reflection. There is then a short debrief video before you go to the next cycle. There are slides that can act as a substitute or supplement for each video and optional resources materials for those who want to go deeper on any topic. The course also includes online interactive sessions with other Tech Stewards who are also taking the course. These sessions are a great way to maintain your practice once you’ve launched it.
How long / how much effort will the program take?
The program is estimated to require 6hours of effort. This includes a 2 hour group session, which is offered with virtual and in-person options.
How will this program help me to get a job / advance my career?
More and more leaders are looking for Tech Stewardship - whether they use the specific term or not. At the same time, leaders are engaging directly in the growing Tech Stewardship movement; you will have an opportunity to connect with some of them during the program. We also provide strategies to leverage the micro-credential you earn in the program to support continued connections once you're done.
How will I be evaluated?
The program consists of a series of reflective questions that don't have right or wrong answers. Therefore, we won't be evaluating the substance of your responses, rather simply that you've taken the reflection process seriously.