We've recently launched our revised member’s manifesto. Collaboratively shaped by the Federation, it’s members and partners, it makes clear The Federations modus operandi as a living, breathing call to action for tech.
You can find out more about we intend to achieve a world in which we deliver people-empowered tech, and what our mission to a create an ethical digital society entails here
Getting Started On An Ethical Digital Society
The Friends of The Federation - who work, collaborate, learn and meet in our co-working space have shared their thoughts with us. We've learned from companies like global corporate ThoughtWorks, the NHS Research & Development team, start-up The Invent Hive and social enterprise FreshRB as well as those using our co-working floor. They have shared their thoughts on our Manifesto, and the part they are also making in progressing civic tech and social impact. We will be collecting further insights as our work progresses.
Unsurprisingly, our members proved themselves to be a petty conscientious bunch, with 91% feeling confident they considered the wider consequences of their organisation’s technological outputs. Culturally-speaking, technology-for-good is paramount across all of Federation House.
On current community giving activity they were a little less confident – 66% felt they were directly delivering social impact through their work – but with the priority being on opportunities for the organisation’s employees. That, and presenting socially-focused opportunities for learning and development.
No wonder then, that diversity and inclusion (80%) ranked so highly as an area to focus on. With different organisations within the building at different stages in their development, overcoming barriers related to age and gender were all flagged, as was enabling flexible working for teams.
Progressing industry codes of conduct were deemed the top priority (97%) however. Whilst privacy is top of everyone's minds in the wake of GDPR legislation coming into play, looking more broadly at tech regulations, accessibility and online safety are essential in building on the great work already done according to our forward-thinking membership.
Our Next Steps
With resource and time a challenge for all enterprises, the opportunity for shared learning was flagged repeatedly, as was collective action in first defining some of the challenges we’re aware of. Understanding what displacement is, for example, and how it impacts people and community’s lives – as defined by our survey respondents – is one of the next steps for The Federation.
In helping our members consider the wider systemic, cultural and personal impact of the tech we’re responsible for creating in enabling people’s lives, we’ll be building projects around progressing codes of conduct and better understanding how we can improve diversity and create inclusive workplaces, with Federation-aligned businesses setting a new standard for the wider industry to follow. Collective action is what we’ve been asked for, with tangible outputs and measurement of success key along the way, but we’ll need your help…
Working with Noisy Cricket - a social impact consultancy - in the next month, we’ll be starting consultation on two key focus areas. One, to better understand thinking around the displacement tech creates, and two to see where we should collectively focus our attention in progressing industry codes of conduct before we launch projects to collaboratively set the standards we believe tech should live and breathe by.
We’ll also be holding consultations on diversity and inclusion and community giving in the coming months, but in the meantime, sign up to the working group you’re most interested in, and we’ll be in touch.
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