Building your moral imagination to create a more ethical future

A drawing compass stands upright with the needle point in the middle of a directional compass.
A drawing compass stands upright with the needle point in the middle of a directional compass.
The Responsible Innovation Toolkit guides product makers through the socio-technical implications of their creations.

Every profession experiences waves of evolution. Moments in time where processes emerge from changing socio-economic, technological, or environmental contexts. Within Design, we’ve ebbed and flowed between waterfall, Agile, iterative, and inclusive design thinking, among others.

As the leader of the Ethics & Society organization at Microsoft, I believe that responsible innovation is the next critical wave of design thinking. Traditional design schools don’t teach ethics, and people often don’t consider ethics a design problem. Today’s technologies are exciting and present tremendous opportunities to augment human abilities across a range of scenarios. At the same time, technologies without appropriate grounding in…


Finding your sweet spot

Image for post
Image for post

Early in my career I was in a position that may sound familiar: I was going to work every day but didn’t necessarily have a clear idea of what I wanted my career to be, or how to get there.

Although I had a degree in mathematics, I had always felt a tug toward the creative side. I was working in the software industry but wanted to have a deeper impact on product experience and how software could benefit people. I suspected there was a possibility of bringing the insights of the artistic imagination into the workplace.

It took a…

Mira Lane

Partner Director — Ethics & Society @ Microsoft. Artist and math geek. All opinions are mine.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store