Ethical Practices

Develop your understanding of the ethical implications of your product or service and learn how to think and act more consciously.

In the age of exponential technologies and uncertain futures we need to deepen our awareness of the ethical principles that guide us in developing our new products and services. During this workshop we will provide you with a space for critical thinking and dialogue about how to understand and leverage from the vast array of ethical practices, frameworks and tools that are at your disposal to define and guide your own projects. We will also explore what’s next for humane technology, what it really means to create a socially and environmentally conscious organization and how technology can be used as a tool to amplify these efforts.

Skills Learned in this workshop

  • An introduction to methods and tools used in discovery research
  • Tools to contextualize the impact of a project
  • A new vocabulary to articulate and discuss ethical concerns
  • The opportunity to develop and apply your own framework to a project

Who should attend?

This workshop serves as a great opportunity for those interested in the future of social and environmental impact as well as those already working on a social venture or within the tech-for-good space. It’s also relevant for those of you looking to gain experience in new cultural contexts or emerging markets or students interested in research questions and critical reflection. In order to gain as much value as possible from the workshop you should be ready to participate actively in the discussion, reflect on various models and frameworks and take part in the hands-on prototyping.


All students and alumni of SSES member universities are eligible to apply to this weekend workshop. We get many applications and unfortunately cannot accept everyone. The selection process is outlined below:


  1. Application is reviewed
  2. Selection is made and confirmation email is sent out
  3. Participant must confirm his or her seat in order to secure the spot
  4. If spots are not confirmed in time, the waitlist will be reviewed and new participants selected

About the teacher

Dr. Joana’s work is dedicated to integrating ethical & sustainability practices in the digital. She runs an independent consultancy that supports businesses with research in this field. Completed her PhD in design research at Central Saint Martins London on how design can amplify qualities of sustainability by collaborating with start-ups around the world. Taught at Hyper Island, IDEO’s design thinking school and has been a visiting lecturer at NID India and ArtCenter California. She speaks frequently and gathers people around Design Dharma; how the inner life of designers informs their work. Currently fellow of Royal Society of Arts London and serves as Design Professor at CODE University of Applied Sciences Berlin.


Mar 14–15 - 2020
10:00 - 17:00


Saltmätargatan 9, 4 tr


Applications are open until March 1st.


This workshop is free of charge.