Dignity Dilemmas, Design and Tech: Reflections on stories shared in a CPI and Humanitech event

Lorenn Ruster
Centre for Public Impact
2 min readDec 16, 2021

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou

Dignity can be difficult to define and is largely misunderstood. Many of us don’t talk about dignity much and, when it does come up, it tends to be in the context of dying well or having a set of basic needs met. Dignity is important in all of these situations, but is not limited to them.

Dignity is central to all of us, at all stages of life and in all circumstances. How does dignity show up as we design technologies, products, services, and institutions of the future? What even is dignity in these contexts?

To help us explore this topic and more, Lorenn Ruster, Responsible Tech Collaborator at CPI, took part in a conversation with two inspiring practitioners — Mathan Ratinam, Lead Service Designer at the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, and Amanda Robinson, Head of Social Innovation at Red Cross and Co-founder & Director, Humanitech.

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This event was jointly initiated by Humanitech and the Centre for Public Impact. Humanitech is a Think+DO tank initiative of the Red Cross which seeks to shape the future for all humanity by harnessing the power of technology for good. The Centre for Public Impact is a global not-for-profit founded by the Boston Consulting Group that acts as a learning partner for governments, public servants and changemakers to reimagine government so that it works for everyone.

Originally published at https://www.centreforpublicimpact.org.

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Lorenn Ruster
Centre for Public Impact

Exploring #dignity centred #design #tech #AI #leadership | PhD Candidate ANU School of Cybernetics | Acumen Fellow | PIC, SingularityU, CEMS MIM alum|Views =own