Deepen understanding about the nature of technology, the energy transition and the relationship between them.
Estimated 6 hrs to complete 8 practice cycles
Seek to understand how our values are shaping and being shaped by how we frame the challenges of energy transition and the technologies we build and scale in its service.
Estimated 4 hrs to complete 5 practice cycles
Practice the daily behaviours that enable progress in all its forms - from incremental steps all the way to breakthroughs! Plus learn how to maximize your opportunities by integrating your Tech Stewardship & Career Management Practices.
Estimated 6 hrs to complete 5 practice cycles
and attend a group Practice Simulation
(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
What is Tech Stewardship?
Tech Stewardship is a professional identity, orientation and practice. As tech stewards, we continuously discuss, refine and imagine new ways to shape technology for the benefit of all. The essence of Tech Stewardship practice is about supporting each other to better navigate the tensions we face in our day-to-day work.
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.
Who developed these concepts and who is behind this program?
Starting in 2015, a coalition of diverse engineers, technologists and creators began meeting around the question: how can we ensure technology is beneficial for all? So far, over 350 leaders from 150 organizations have contribute deeply to shaping tech stewardship as a response, and thousands more have contributed. This program is the next step in that journey, and is being supported by the Facilitation, Organizational, and Academic partners whose logos are listed above. As you engage with this program, we invite you to join the growing community of leaders who are shaping the concept of Tech Stewardship and the shared infrastructure to support our collective practice.
Is this just about digital and cutting edge tech?
No! The program will support anyone involved in the creation and application of physical, digital, biological technology in all stages of development. From traditional tech in well established sectors like mining, to leveraging AI to develop a dating app, all they way to the design of gene editing technologies in healthcare and everything in-between.
Is this just for engineers and technical folks?
No. The program is open to anyone and is designed to break down silos by creating common language and shared practice. It is for those:
-> Who focus on the creation and application of technology (e.g. engineers, computer scientists, technologists).
-> Who focus on scaling and providing access to technology (e.g. entrepreneurs and business people).
-> Who study the nature of technology and seek to regulate its impacts (e.g. policy makers, social scientists).
-> Who contribute through fields like architecture and city planning, where training and work already includes a significant amount of technical and social integration.
-> Who reflect on our past, present and future (e.g. futurists, artists, historians).
And for anyone else who wants to help play their part in bending the arc of technology towards good!
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 use to introduce questions and share sample responses before you are invited to share your own reflection. There is then a short debrief video to cap things on before you go to the next cycle. For those who prefer, there are slides that can act as a substitute or supplement for each video. For those who are interested in going deeper on questions, optional resources and references are provided throughout.
How long / how much effort will the program take?
The program is estimated to require 16hours of effort. Our recommended "ideal" pacing for the entire program is 16 hours over 12 weeks, which allows time for reflection and adsorption of the key concepts. The shortest reasonable time to complete the program is 6 weeks. Although it is possible to go through all of the materials in one long sitting, we strongly suggest spreading out the practice behaviour portion of the program to ensure maximum benefit.
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.