Deepen understanding of our relationship with technology, challenge dangerously limited narratives and stereotypes.
Estimated 4 hrs to complete 5 practice cycles
Seek to understand how our values are shaping and being shaped by the technologies we build and scale.
Estimated 4 hrs to complete 5 practice cycles
Practice the daily behaviours that enable progress in all its forms - from incremental steps all the way to breakthroughs!
Estimated 4 hrs to complete 4 practice cycles
“Too often technological development is focused on frivolous purposes when there is so much to be done to meet our sustainable development challenges.”Mary Wells, Dean, Waterloo Engineering
“The creators and designers of technology have the right to interrogate the ethics of what they are developing. But our ethics only extend as far as our lines of inquiry. More responsible technology starts when we grant ourselves and each other the permission to inquire.”Martin Ryan, Strategy & Stewardship, ServiceNow
“Diversity and inclusion is critical to both the means and ends of tech stewardship. To start we must combat the ‘myth of rationality’ in engineering and tech fields that has for too long created a headwind against substantive change.”Marisa Sterling, P.Eng. – Past President, Professional Engineers Ontario
“To find regenerative paths forward, there is an opportunity to dance with different ways of knowing. Instead of choosing sides, we can enter a reflective space that welcomes a third presence where we combine insights from both.””Melanie Goodchild – Co-Founder, Turtle Island Institute
What is Tech Stewardship?
Tech Stewardship is a professional identity, orientation and practice. As tech stewards, we continuously discuss, refine and imagine new ways to shape technology for the benefit of all.
Is this just about digital and cutting edge tech?
No! The program will support anyone involved in the creation and application of physical, digital, biological technology in all stages of development. From traditional tech in well established sectors like mining, to leveraging AI to develop a dating app, all they way to the design of gene editing technologies in healthcare and everything in-between.
Is this just for engineers and technical folks?
No. The program is open to anyone. It has been designed with a focus on engineering, computer science, technologists, business, etc... It's also great for professions like architecture and city planning, where training and work already includes a significant amount of technical and social integration. Those from non-technical backgrounds interested in tech creation like arts, humanities and social sciences, are welcome too.
Who developed these concepts and who is behind this program?
Starting in 2015, a coalition of diverse engineers, technologists and creators began meeting around the question: how can we ensure technology is beneficial for all? So far, over 350 leaders from 150 organizations have contributed deeply to shaping our response. This program is the next step in that journey, and is being supported by the Facilitation, Organizational, and Academic partners whose logos are listed above.
What will the program look like / how will it be delivered?
The program has been designed as a light and flexible overlay to existing work and education activities. Our recommended "ideal" pacing for the entire program is 12 hours over 12 weeks, which allows time for reflection and adsorption of the key concepts. The recommended minimum time to complete the program is 5 weeks. Although it is possible to go through all of the materials in one sitting, we suggest spreading out the practice behaviour portion of the program to ensure maximum benefit.
How long / how much effort will the program take?
The program has been designed as a light and flexible overlay to the existing work and/pr education activities. It is estimated to require 12hours of effort. The recommended minimum time to complete the program is 5 weeks because, although it is technically possible to go through all of the materials in one sitting, we suggest that you take one week for each of the four behaviour during the practice behaiviour portion of the program to ensure maximum benefit. Our recommended "ideal" pacing for the entire program is 12 weeks, which allows time for reflection and adsorption of the key concepts associated with each of the 14 practice cycles.
How will this program help me to get a job / advance my career?
More and more leaders are looking for Tech Stewardship - whether they use the specific term or not. At the same time, leaders are engaging directly in the growing Tech Stewardship movement; you will have an opportunity to connect with some of them during the program. We also provide strategies to leverage the micro-credential you earn in the program to support continued connections once you're done.
How will I be evaluated?
The program consists of a series of reflective questions that don't have right or wrong answers. Therefore, we won't be evaluating the substance of your responses, rather simply that you've taken the reflection process seriously.
Is this program available in French?
Not yet - but we're working on it! Our goal is to have a full French version as soon as possible. Please let us know if you're waiting for a French version and we'll let you know as soon as it's ready.