We work together to share best practice, support one another, and help ensure that tech for good communities can thrive. If you already run a tech for good community, or want to set one up, then join us.
As leaders of tech for good communities, we aim to keep our networks sustainable and effective. We would also love to see new communities emerge and grow the tech for good movement.
Or do you want to run one? Then join in!
To us, “tech for good” is the intentional use of technology to drive positive outcomes for people and planet. A tech for good community is any space where people interested in tech for good come together with the intention to connect and learn. There are many subsets to this, for example:
Our main aim, as the leaders of Tech for Good communities, is to keep our networks sustainable and effective. We also want to encourage the growth of new networks.
The members of the network are spread across the UK and Ireland. We run this network as a collective of volunteers – everyone contributes in different ways, depending on their interest and how much time they have.
For the set up of the network we wanted to make sure we had a list of founding members who were able to represent their communities and able to drive forward the initial phases. They also give a good idea of who is in our network.
We see great value in linking up our work across regions, industries and sectors and want to nourish a collaborative network to grow the field of tech for good. To do this, we have a mailing list, slack and monthly events where we share updates, ask each other for support, help and advice. We also share resources like policies, codes of conducts and research to make our work more effective and efficient.
There are 3 levels to our work and you can join in in any way, there are no expectations or requirements:
We meet once a month, alternating between Meetups and Management calls
We also hold an in-person retreat twice a year, where we get to know each other, learn from each other, and find ways to collaborate.
Between meetings we connect on Slack.
We work in small working groups to create shared resources and research. We also use our collective communities to work towards bigger goals, like mapping the tech for good field.
All our work is logged on our Notion workspace. This explains how our network functions, who’s working on what, what decisions we’ve made, our annual reporting, and how we’re allocating our funds.
We’re all trying to grow communities that design responsibly with an outlook to drive positive outcomes in the world.
We’re here to collaborate, work together and be part of something bigger.
Celebrate the radical approaches brought by everyone in the community and understand that people have different lived experiences.
Despite our best intentions, no one is exempt from making a mistake. But we strive to do our utmost best to ensure we’re accountable for our actions.
But do so responsibly.
It matters not just what the tech is, but how it’s made, by whom and to what ends. Tech for good communities are spaces where cross-sector organisations and individuals from all walks of life can gather, learn and grow together. Collectively exploring the applications and implications of technology and welcoming new voices to the conversation. Through this, we can shape the global movement towards a world where tech works for everyone.
We’ve received funding as part of the Catalyst network and more. Funding allows us to build on the work we’re doing creating a sustainable support network for people across the UK and Ireland who are interested in tech for good.
If you’d like to join a Tech for Good community rather than run one yourself, you can find a list and get in touch with the individual networks hereExplore the network map