The Challenge of Building Responsible Organisations

by | Oct 10, 2020 | Change, ICT4D |

beyond the challenge

Putting a plant in the ground doesn’t make you a gardener. Creating a garden is a challenge requiring a bit more than that. You don’t need a degree in soil science, horticulture, or landscaping, but it does require you to think about soil, water, light, and design. And no, it’s not an exact science where X + Y always equals Z. There is lots of art to it.

Similarly creating a new system or giving staff a device doesn’t result in digital transformation. Digital transformation requires much more than digital tools. Just like plants need healthy soil, appropriate amounts of water and light, systems and technology need appropriate business choices, contributors, culture, and context to thrive. And even then, there is still a lot of art to it.

So when we talk about building responsible organisations. We talk about bias & oppression, awareness & consent, accountability & engagement with those we seek to serve. However, most of our time is spent, not on defining these topics, but rather on understanding the challenge they present and the other 4Cs – business choices, contributors, culture, and context.

Over the past number of months, I’ve pulled together content for a workshop about this. About ART – appropriate and responsible technology – in our organisations. I’m looking for some people who are willing to test the content and model out with me. And to provide generous feedback about how to make it better.

If this is you, please let me know below if you’re up for it. Testing will start this week.

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Yes, it’s virtual and no, the tech is not completely figured out yet…

Photo by Benjamin Combs

1 Comment

  1. Alberto Martellini

    Curious to learn more about your ART framework and happy to help Amos!


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