My intention in writing this piece is to spark conversation around an important meta-question, propose a personal development curriculum for technologists, and connect with those who are ready to jump into the mystery of this work.
It’s a critical question that deserves more attenti on if we want to make good on the promises of the movement. So far we have coherence around things like design principles (humane tech is sensitive to human nature, narrows the gap between the powerful and the marginalized, reduces hatred and greed, and so on).
How’s their understanding of human nature? What’s their analysis on systemic marginalization? Are their choices free of hate and greed? What is the ideal anatomy of the type of person we want to trust and empower to build in this new way? How does such great transformation happen?
As a pioneer in the field, co-founding Digital Wellness Collective and the late Siempo: a humane tech interface (postmortem draft here), I have a few years of experience living these questions.