Antidote to Tech
In Partnership with Dojo4
Can we build technology to regenerate communities, economies, families, and the environment? Yes, we can. Our partners at Dojo4 are showing the world how.
Dojo4 is a community-based, member-owned agency that creates positive change through technology and design. Their best work occurs at the intersection of custom technology and environmental/social change.
To combat feelings of isolation and emptiness that can arise in their industry, they’ve introduced an Antidote to Tech—a way of stating their intentions to lend their creative and intellectual skills to products and systems they find meaningful, and a community where they can connect with others who share their commitment and values.
The Antidote to Tech initiative aims to bring people and resources together to create positive change in the tech industry and in our current and emerging technologies. It commits community members to “produce technology with a sense of responsibility, care, and awareness of its impact while reminding [members] to prioritize [their] well-being.” Restorative activities such as being out in nature, and nurturing strong, personal relationships and networks are just a few ways that they’ve found effective for imbuing their work with meaning.
The initiative also aims to improve the technology we use every day and has the power to affect the future health of our society, environmentally and socially.
The Problems in the Tech Industry (& How to Solve Them)
This post gives an in-depth review of the environmental and social problems created and perpetuated by technology. We’ll consider the issues faced by our planet, tech workers, and tech users, and answer:
- What’s wrong with tech anyway?
- How do equitability and diversity factor in?
- What’s the antidote?
Click here to read the post on the problems in tech.
The Future of Technology & the Tech Industry Made Possible by Antidote to Tech
In this piece, we paint a picture of what the future of technology and the tech industry would look like if Antidote to Tech ran wild and free. We’ll cover how empowering the tech industry’s workforce and giving easy access to resources in the way that Antidote to Tech does will help to fulfill each of these requirements, and learn:
- What will this future look like?
- What’s being done now?
- What do we all need to do to get us there?
Click here to read the post on the future of tech.
Redefining What It Means to Work in Tech with Corey Kohn, Co-founder & CEO of Dojo4
Dojo4’s Corey Kohn joins us to discuss the modern experience of working in tech, the unique challenges facing women and people of color in a white male-dominated industry, and what we can do to find meaning while working in this field today. We cover:
- Working in tech—what’s it like?
- What is it like to be a woman and/or BIPOC in tech?
- How does technology affect us all?
Click here to listen to the podcast episode about working in tech.
Our Partner: Dojo4
The first step to change is letting people know about the cause, and our partners at Dojo4 are all about making change in the world of technology!
People, communities, and natural environments have been harmed and are suffering because of capitalism-driven demands on technology for value extraction. As people that build technology, Dojo4 has experienced the isolation and sense of emptiness that can arise when their skills and energy are devoted to building evermore meaningless products and systems. They know that antidotes to this include spending time in nature and in genuine human connection with ourselves and others, and are sharing this antidote with other companies across the technology landscape.