EDITING NATURE

Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies

New Haven, Connecticut

OUR WORK

OUR MISSION

The scope of impact and transformative potential of decisions to genetically engineer the wild exceed current frameworks for decision-making. Deliberating on how this technology should be developed and deployed will require a diversity of expertise and perspectives that go beyond just technical data. Responsible decisions will require a neutral and inclusive space that also incorporates ethical, economic, spiritual, political, and environmental considerations.

Our unique integrated deliberation process honors this complexity and ensures a diversity of perspectives and inputs support technologists, the public, and regulators to guide the responsible development of genetic technologies intended for environmental release.

INCLUSION

INTEGRATION

INNOVATION

To enhance regulatory processes by including value-based and ethical inputs in decision-making. 

 

To enhance technology development by aligning design with public needs to prevent late-stage backlash and optimize research and development. 

 

To enhance trust by providing neutral, meaningful and accountable engagement with impacted communities and interested publics. 

 

WHAT WE DO

CONVENE CONVERSATION

We host and moderate public events and deliberative forums to explore BIG questions:

What is natural? Is DNA sacred? How do we promote inclusive science? Do we have a moral obligation to preserve biodiversity?

What does a healthy planet look like?

GENERATE KNOWLEDGE & IDEAS

Our research and projects inform thought and generate change by supporting inclusive science, integrated deliberation, and responsible innovation. We share ideas through scholarly articles, mass media, website content, and video. 

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Editing Nature: We Can, but Should We?

James Collins, 2017 Editing Nature Summit Keynote Address

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CATALYZE IMPACT-DRIVEN SOLUTIONS

We partner with communities, institutions, governments, and technologists to guide responsible use of proposed genetic technologies or to explore whether a genetic technology could provide a new solution for a problem. 

We are currently developing a coral reef resiliency program and have availability for new programs with particular interest in solutions for ecosystem restoration and public health. To support our efforts or explore a partnership contact us!

 

OUR VISION

To help create a future where technology is guided by many, and not a few

Editing Nature is deeply rooted in values of respect, humility, scientific rigor, and care for our planet.​ Our cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural deliberative platforms catalyze big ideas to drive impact and change - allowing for a diversity of voices to co-create a healthy and just future.