Bringing Together ARTISANS + ETHICISTS to Stimulate a Nuanced Conversation about the Future of Biotechnology

Wieke Betten and Karen Ingram

The “future of biotechnology” as well as “in the public interest” are both complex concepts characterized by scientific uncertainty and value plurality. We (as a creative and an ethicist) want to stimulate a nuanced conversation about biotechnology by highlighting the personal behind the professional, and the strength of connection in communities. By engaging with artisans of different areas of expertise, we will underscore the notion that bioethics is an issue that touches us all. We feel that an appropriate ethics framework—reflective of all ethical families—should be developed. The framework will allow for input to be culled from those involved and affected, and will be sensitive to local context and issues.