Innovations, new technologies, trust and avoiding uncertainty: some reflections after the Polish Scientific Networks conference

Anna Bielec, Dariusz Jemielniak, Bartłomiej Skowron


The article summarizes panel discussions led at the Polish Scientific Networks conference. It covers the topics of social and (un)social innovations, their sources, and applications, as well as the new approaches to the concept of the wisdom of the crowds (as opposed to swarm mentality). The article draws on academic research on trust and distrust, declining reliance on formal expertise and a turn against the science, and posttruth society phenomenon. The article concludes with observations about risk aversion in different cultures, to suggest some practical solutions in education programs, needed to address the challenges of the future.


Polish Scientific Networks; innovations; wisdom of the crowd; trust; knowledge legitimization; social risk

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