About DBT Foundation
The Danish Board of Technology Foundation (DBT) is a non-profit corporate foundation working for the common good. The mission of the Foundation is to ensure that society’s development is shaped by informed and forward-looking cooperation between citizens, experts, stakeholders, and decision-makers. To this end the Foundation performs and facilitates technology assessment and foresight, public engagement, Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), and new forms of governance.
The DBT is recognized as a global frontrunner in participatory technology assessment, participatory foresight, and public participation more broadly. In 2010, the DBT was awarded the Jim Creighton Award by the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2), recognizing its ‘enduring and significant contribution to the practice of public participation and for innovative and creative approaches’. The DBT initiated the development of the World Wide Views (WWViews) methodology and has coordinated three implementations of it to facilitate citizens’ participation in UN decision-making on global warming, biodiversity, and climate and energy.
The DBT is formed by a board of seven members, a council and a secretariat of 25 people. The secretariat consists of academic project managers within a widespread area of competence, office workers, and student associates. The Foundation’s staff is dynamically allocated to two teams:
This team designs and facilitates engagement and co-creation processes and provides advice for the 98 Danish municipalities and 5 Danish regions on a commercial per-project basis. Furthermore, it carries out research, designs and facilitates engagement and co-creation processes, and provides advice to national-level decision-makers in Parliament and government, mainly with the support of grant-giving private foundations.
This team coordinates and carries out research, designs and facilitates engagement and co-creation processes as well as coordination and support actions, and provides advice to decision-makers at the European and international levels (including the UN) through projects funded by the Horizon 2020 programme, private grant-giving foundations, and per-project funding from mainly national governments.
Services and activities
The DBT provides services in the areas of research and innovation policy, such as ICT policy and ICT usage in the public sector, energy policy, climate change mitigation, land use planning and infrastructure, and health policy. The types of activities provided in these areas are outlined below:
- Citizen Engagement
- Stakeholder and Expert Engagement
- Technology Assessment and Foresight
- Responsible Research and Innovation
- Policy advice and dialogue
- World Wide Views – World Wide Citizen Participation