Changing Values in Employees, Tech and Society

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Justin Hamacher is a UX and product director, university instructor, psychoanalyst-in-training, and working creative artist. He’s been a leader in the UX field for more than 15 years, most notably as the person who founded and led the 70-person global team for HARMAN international as UX director in their connected services division. On the academic side, Justin has been the core instructor in the Master of Human-Computer Interaction and Design program (MHCID) at the University of Washington. His current personal design work is centered around citizen involvement, art engagements and co-design initiatives to create more equitable societies and healthy cities.

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While much discussion has occurred over the past few years regarding the ethical responsibilities of technology companies to police their products, discussions around how these companies and their tremendous capital transform the cities their headquarters are within are only beginning. What responsibilities do they have? What happens when a companies community policies differ from the needs of a city? What happens when their policies differ from the values of the individual workers that make up the corpus of employees? What options do workers have?

The evening will consist of a talk focused on tech companies in America, some personal envisioning exercises for attendees and a chance for all of us to learn about the challenges facing our communities and to explore and grow through an open discussion.