A game of KET dilemmas
You sit on the city council of Utopia, a prosperous city in the centre of Europe. Your goal is to maintain the balance in the city between the four pillars of society: environment, health, economy and social peace. If one of these pillars becomes too weak, the public pressure will force you to resign and the game is over.
During the game, you will have to make decisions following the different requests of your fellow citizens. Be careful because your answers will affect these four pillars. Can you make the right choices? Let’s go, the first applicants have arrived.Start!
DiLemmA O1 of 26
The applicants are a group of citizens. They have concerns about the communication antenna that the company "All Connected" is installing in the park behind their houses. They ask you to stop the project.
This situation shows that the inhabitants were not sufficiently informed about the project. In the future, remember to inform them well before authorising such works. Information is also the company's responsibility. They know their antenna technology best.NeXt
DiLemmA O2 of 26
The tenant of a building in the city centre comes in grumbling. They are unhappy that their owner has installed subsidised solar panels on their new house, even though their windows are not well insulated!
In the future, don't hesitate to put both tenants and owners around the table to think about housing renovation.NeXt
DiLemmA O3 of 26
A hospital patient arrives at the boardroom table in a state of shock. They have just learned that the hospital will first make you go to an appointment with a e-health chatbot. They are afraid that their personal data is used maliciously.
Sometimes involving citizens in the design of a new public service may seem long and complicated but it is the assurance that it will be understood, appreciated and used by the majority of people.NeXt
DiLemmA O4 of 26
The baker has seen communal workers replacing the street lighting with smart light bulbs. Given your administration's latest fiasco regarding online appointment booking for communal services, they doubt the technological choices being made.
The more users are involved in the process at an early stage, the more effective it is.NeXt
DiLemmA O5 of 26
Posters appeared in the streets of the city. "Politicians = corruption", "lobbies and councillors: same fight", "with the E-health system, big brother is watching you". How will you deal with this bad climate of trust in your city?
Creating a climate of confidence is a long-term task based on transparency.NeXt
DiLemmA O6 of 26
A biotech factory is being built in your community and the inhabitants are worried. They hear lambs screaming at night. Are they cloning victims?
When it comes to biotechnology (IVF, cloning, genetic manipulation...), bioethics should be taken very seriously and discussed with all stakeholders.NeXt
DiLemmA O7 of 26
Two staff members want to set up a website to poll public opinion on the future of the town, but the rest of the administration is against it. What if private data is hacked by criminals?
Due to major leaks like Facebook leaks, when it comes to the digitalisation of public services, data processing is a major concern for the public.NeXt
DiLemmA O8 of 26
Conspiracy theories are rife on social media in your town. Yesterday it went one step further: the local nurse was attacked by a gang of anti-vaxers because she was preparing to vaccinate the children at school.
Divergence in socio-technical imaginaries associated with socio-economic divisions can result in the emergence of communities that are sceptical of science, conservative or even populist or conspiratorial.NeXt
DiLemmA O9 of 26
The local farmer wants to use robots to modernise and get off fossil fuels. They ask you for help.
Automation of industries, robotisation and sustainable energies are connected to fear of unemployment.NeXt
DiLemmA O10 of 26
A citizen complains that new socks with nano "stuff" are being sold in the local supermarket. They fear for their health.
Public opposition to projects using nano technologies is linked to the fear of long-term health effects.NeXt
DiLemmA O11 of 26
You want to develop circularity and sustainability in your city but companies don't see it as a good thing because they think it will slow down their business.
Sustainability can be perceived by companies as obstacles to their industrial development. On the other hand, sustainable development can be an opportunity for companies. The three pillars of sustainability are environmental, social and ECONOMIC pillars, so sustainability also means more stability and opportunities for companies.NeXt
DiLemmA O12 of 26
An employee at the recycling centre is angry. They now have to deal with recycled material and are convinced that it is bad for their health.
The lack of information on recycled materials can lead to fears about their quality and toxicity.NeXt
DiLemmA O13 of 26
A public survey shows that your constituents are not in good spirits, they are afraid for the future and for their jobs.
Pessimism about the future and poor individual economic perspective can lead to disappointment and detachment from science. It is possible to alleviate it and co-construct a more resilient future by giving citizens the opportunity to be involved through training or job search programmes.NeXt
DiLemmA O14 of 26
The local robotics company launches a revolutionary product: a lie detector. They use it on your fellow citizens.
Ignorance of social components in industrial innovation processes could be perceived as a threat to fundamental values such as family or human life.NeXt
DiLemmA O15 of 26
All the young people trained in your town are leaving! They have no confidence in the economic and social situation of the city.
Brain drain is often associated with an unstable eco-social climate.NeXt
DiLemmA O16 of 26
A repair café is trying to settle in your city but the inhabitants do not want to repair or reuse things.
There is resistance to repair or reuse because it could be perceived as backsliding for citizens. Yet it is of crucial importance to tackle resource scarcity. Innovation doesn't equal manufacturing a new product, it can also mean improving what we already have, or sharing know-how of how to repair or reuse objects.NeXt
DiLemmA O17 of 26
The local science museum is asking for a grant to organise a Science festival to make science more popular among citizens.
Lack of communication, recognition, budgets and time dedicated to the popularisation of scientific research among the general public has negative impacts on the relationship of citizens to science.NeXt
DiLemmA O18 of 26
The local research centre is asking you for a grant to raise awareness of responsible research and innovation among companies.
Lack of promotion of responsible innovation and public engagement among companies leads to issues of accountability, ethics, reputation and employment, and it decreases environmental sustainability.NeXt
DiLemmA O19 of 26
Hospital patients complain about the lack of communication with doctors.
There is little upward communication from the public to the professional. There is traditional little communication from patient to healthcare professional outside appointments. Some e-health solutions can help with this.NeXt
DiLemmA O20 of 26
You set up an innovation grant but no company applies for it because they are afraid of the paperwork and its complexity.
Grants and support for innovation can seem complex and slow. However, they are an important source of support for companies to develop new approaches and know-how. Clear communication and guidance may be the key?NeXt
DiLemmA O21 of 26
A prefabricated house company has just moved into town. The carpenters, masons and plumbers are on strike because they think that the prefabricated sector is killing small businesses.
Pre-manufacturing means manufacturing all the components of a structure in a factory and then assembling it on site. This method is often wrongly associated with the risk of killing small, specialised contractors who work on site in a traditional way, rather than as an opportunity for innovation accessible to all.NeXt
DiLemmA O22 of 26
Citizens need to switch to a connected identity card but are still struggling with the online booking system you implemented last month.
Changing habits and lifestyles too quickly can be a problem. User-oriented design and collaboration with social scientists and psychologists can help to adopt a context-sensitive approach to behaviour change.NeXt
DiLemmA O23 of 26
You have just signed a public-private partnership with a large e-health company that promises many jobs but the citizens are unhappy.
There is distrust of large corporations associated with profit and obscure patents. Citizens may fear companies will put profit above other values and societal interests. Placing ethics and transparency at the heart of the company's values is beneficial to all.NeXt
DiLemmA O24 of 26
You authorise a market research agency to launch a large scientific survey on your territory to better understand the eating habits of the population.
Lack of transparency about the motives and results of scientific research can hinder participation, both in terms of numbers of participants motivated to contribute, but also in terms of the quality of data. Explaining the purpose of research and providing incentive for participation can help.NeXt
DiLemmA O25 of 26
You want to equip the hospital with telemedicine to allow online consultation but doctors, patients and staff are against it.
The implementation of a technology may be accompanied by the fear of the dehumanisation of contacts. This is a common concern in healthcare.NeXt
DiLemmA O26 of 26
Due to budget constraints, you have to reduce the science promotion grant for local media to fund roads instead.
Increasing quality scientific communication is a societal issue as there is a lot of contradictory information on the internet and fake news flying around social networks.NeXt
You survived all dilemmas and get to stay in the city council. Congratulations!Play again
One of the pillars has 0 points. The public pressure is too high, you have to resign!Play again