The new millennium has introduced to the world innovations and opportunities that were considered dreams in the minds of youngsters in the 20th century. Never before have we been faced with so many diverse and extreme situations that require solutions to our daily lives. In addition, never before have there been so much potential and chances to find answers to problems that heretofore were considered insurmountable because of lack of knowledge.
With the help of global information and communication infrastructures, now, more than ever, we have the potential and the ability to work in transnational communities to find answers and solutions to concerns that were once technically unbridgeable before the advances in technology and digital communications.
With each new advance that technology and innovation bring, additional problems that affect groups by age, by sex or by culture, seem to advance as well. It is now time to begin to employ these amazing advances to address the ever increasing digital as well as real-world social concerns affecting our globe.
The ability to interact, to create and to design instruments, communications, services and tools that were once only speculations, have become new and emerging realities. With the digital environment becoming this vast creative playground, the ability to make real the resources around the globe in real time is no longer a dream; it is a day to day reality of the 21st century.
“The SRDA Center is seen as a logical and responsible outgrowth of the work that has been done over the past decade on the part of researchers, politicians, and industry regarding specific issues that are affecting our global community.”
The role of the SRDA Center is to provide a “Think-and-Do-Tank” to tackle the challenges that industry and government face – or will face – with leading experts in the field to assess, to conceptualize, to structure and then provide tangible solutions that give our participants answers that can be acted upon not merely speculated as to what if’s.
The SRDA mission is three-fold:
- SRDA analyses how upcoming social concerns can be addressed using the new technologies; it also shows ways to evaluate those new technologies.
- The center offers a constructive and future-oriented platform for experts from science, research, practice and politics, resulting in positive, future-orientated solutions to growing concerns.
- It is seeking to foster ways of socially responsible behaviour in industry and politics and offer technological solutions to ensure its success.
New ways to employ the advancing technologies to address issues of society, health, education and cultural diversity on a level playing field is seen as the overarching mandate of the SRDA Center, enabling the participants to develop the leading new solutions for multinational institutions and corporations in a 21st century context, bringing the motive of social responsibility in the sector of emerging technologies.
SRDA – Center for Social Responsibility in the Digital Age, AISBL
49-51, Rue Stévin