Tomkins Institute for Human Values and Technology

Publisher:  College of Cape Breton
Year Published:  1981  
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX2381
Inactive/Defunct Organization
The Tompkins Institute for Human Values and Technology (College of Cape Breton) was established in the mid-1970s and named after Dr. Jimmy Tompkins, pioneer in the Antigonish Movement of adult education.

Abstract:  The Tompkins Institute for Human Values and Technology (College of Cape Breton) was established in the mid-1970s and named after Dr. Jimmy Tompkins, pioneer in the Antigonish Movement of adult education. The broad goal is to investigate and encourage reflection upon the impact which technology (and the consequent changes in social structures and techniques) are having on human values. The Institute promotes broad-based dialogues among those active in science and technology, the liberal arts and humanities, industry, administration, and the general public. In keeping with this, it has held large-scale conferences on alternative technology and economics, and on changing notions of work and wealth. Currently, it is involved in initiatives to explore the future of higher education, new developments in communications and information systems, and the formulation of a strategy for research by Canadian institutes and universities, especially in the area of the humanities. Overall, the Institute seeks to enhance community knowledge, judgment and reaction regarding contemporary tools, systems and social changes so that they may serve truly human purposes.


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