What we're about

Technology shapes us as individuals and as a society.

Let's imagine and develop technology that embraces rather than exploits human nature. As the Center for Humane Technology states in its mission: “To reverse human downgrading by inspiring a new race to the top and realigning technology with humanity.”

While inspired by this mission, this group also adds to this work a Berlin vibe with topics such as ethics in technology, our human relationship with tech, and its implications for the individual and society.

We are an interdisciplinary group of technologists, designers, and interested individuals. We seek to connect with experts and NGOs in the field in order to collectively shape our practice, imagine new products and services, develop tools and methods, and influence our work as professionals and the sector at large.

We welcome all interested individuals from any field.

Join our community on Slack too: https://join.slack.com/t/humanetechberlin/shared_invite/enQtNjYxODYyMzkwMzY5LTZlYjMzZjY3ZTZhZTcxOTU5MDIwOTE5ZjY4YzhiY2JjMjE0NDk4MmJhODhhZWMzMzFlMjY0YzgyYWFjOTk5MGY

Upcoming events (1)

[Workshop] Responsible Tech Tools, the Playbook

Needs a location

As designers and technologists we are acutely aware of the ethics of the work we do. And as society becomes ever-more reliant on technology, it becomes even more important that we consider the ethics and the wider impact of our work. The consequences of not incorporating ethical thinking can be devastating to our identity, health, business, economics, political systems and our social cohesion. You have the power to help prevent these when you apply ethical tools. At the same time, ethics also affects the bottom-line positively. Come to learn about, reflect and discuss a number of tools that are emerging to help think through the future implications of the products you are building, touching questions like: Does this product raise ethical questions? Can we design this system ethically? What are ways to change our ways of working? In this workshop, we'll take a look at what Responsible Tech Tools (RTTs) there are (e.g. Risk Zones/EthicalOS, Tarot Cards of Tech, IDEO AI Ethics Cards, Data Ethics Canvas, Consequence Scanning, Agile Threat Modeling, System Mapping 360˚, Needs and Collateral, Humane Design Guide, Human Systems, Facets and Facets Dive, Responsible Strategy, Participatory Design, etc.), exchange on when in our process we can use those best, and actually play around with the one or the other framework based on your own project. The workshop will be limited to a maximum of 40 people. [About the actual projects to apply the frameworks... We'll reach out to all of you as the date approaches.... however, feel free already to send us a message if you'd like your project to be used as a Case Study.] #Agenda: 18:30 - 19:00: Welcome, Snacks, Get-together 19:00 - 19:30: Responsible Tech Playbook 19:30 - 21:00: Hands-on on your Projects 21:00 - ...: Discussion, Networking With support from CODE University, Factory Berlin and ThoughtWorks. #About the Facilitator Tanja Bach Tanja is a Product Person, Agile Advocat, UX Practitioner and Certified Scrum Product Owner with 10+ years of experience in creating and launching web and mobile products within cross-functional teams. Solid experience in ideation, requirements engineering, UX design & usability testing. Passionate about agile & lean principles to deliver products that customers love. Strong organizational, presentation and stakeholder management skills. Fluent in English, German, Spanish, French. As a former start-up co-founder familiar with all issues related to setting up a new online business. Alexander Steinhart Alexander is an „Entrepreneur to hire“ - with a passion for combining creative-systemic thinking, research, and product conception. His experience is in technology and psychology. He's an expert in designing, creating and executing strategies to achieve innovative, impact-driven results. He loves to work together with diverse, top-notch teams. His special interest is in realigning technology with humanity's best interests. Many years ago, he co-founded the famous post-tech startup ( OFFTIME ) (exited), one of the very first initiatives that pioneered the field of digital well-being and technology that protects our minds. Currently, he serves ThoughtWorks as a consultant to deliver technology to address their clients' toughest challenges, while seeking to revolutionize the IT industry and create positive social change.

Past events (5)

[Screening] The Great Hack, a Netflix Original Documentary

Factory Berlin Görlitzer Park

Photos (150)