By: East Meets West
In this workshop, EMW Street Bio, a new Community Biotechnology Space located in Cambridge, Central Square, will lead a series of civic design exercises around the emerging role of biotechnology in society. Workshop participants will engage in three role-playing scenarios with our team and think through the benefits, fears, and risks of each: (1) a group of biotech enthusiasts would like to set up a community biology laboratory in your neighborhood; (2) there is a water-lead crisis in your community, and engineered micro-organisms are being proposed as a possible solution to address the clean-up; (3) a biotechnology capable of modifying an ecosystem of organisms, or "gene drive" technology, is being proposed for eliminating a tick infestation in your community.
Through this workshop we aim to provide realistic examples of how biotechnologies are already entering society, and to explore how civic society can and should engage. We look forward to your participation!