Least-first design

May 13th, 2020 Posted by News No Comment yet

How can modern technological advances be taken advantage of to reach those who are not ‘tech-savy’ and, in many cases, do not have smart phones or any phone at all?

A great question!

We began exploring this question before COVID-19 spread across the world. Now this has become even more pertinent as we work to share ideas and information widely and quickly, often with people with little or no internet access.

Most technology starts its design life looking at the wealthy tech influencers and early adopters. It reaches the mainstream consumer and begins to be replaced by newer products before it has even reached those with different accessibility challenges, whether they be financial, educational or physical.

The people we work alongside tend to be slow to adopt technology,  preferring seeing people face to face, or simply because they are priced out of the market. Life experience means that IT skills are not a standard part of people’s education.

So how do we harness the power and convenience of emerging technologies in a way that honours, celebrates and serves those we work alongside?

We don’t have the answer yet…but we are committed to exploring this.

“Then the righteous will answer him,‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Matthew 25:37-40 (The Bible – NIV)

What happens when systems and technology intentionally point themselves at those with the ‘least’ resource and the ‘least’ skills?

Exploring least-first design allows us to enjoy the excitement and challenge of technological innovation, without being distracted from our primary purpose – equipping people to transform their community and tackle poverty through the love of Jesus.

Our pioneering spirit and our desire to go, to reach those forgotten by many others, give us the drive to find some great answers to this question!

Does this question intrigue you? Do you have relevant skills or experience?

Please get in touch with us on hello@dignityonline.org.uk

If you think this is a really important question to be answering, a donation towards our work will help us push it forward quicker.

Thank you!

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