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Designing Responsible Technology:

Why asking questions about the wider system is essential

‘What if’ prompts to speculate potential impact around sharing data between NGOs

When processes aren’t equipped for handling complexity

problems shift based on our perspective and complexity increases at different scales.

Understanding the whole picture

Painting of The Blind Men and the Elephant by Hanabusa Itchõ

Applying a system lens to our questions

The wider system

Context and intended impact

Anticipating negative consequences

Infrastructure and long term plan

illustration of trees

What scaffolding do you need to have in place?

Actively trying to share more

Further reading



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Aly Blenkin

Writing about the intersection between design, technology, and impact.