axbom.blog on coaching, design and ethics

My opinion pieces, articles, diary entries and rants on everything digital and humanitarian.

The systemic complexity of managing a pandemic

Apr 17, 2020
To try and make sense of factors affecting the management of a pandemic, I created a systems map. This is in no way a complete picture, and certainly not a verified one, but a way of showing the potential complexity.…

Making friends with Tech for Good

Apr 7, 2020
 Being interviewed by Tech for Good Live and Rebecca Rae-Evans was delightful and uplifting. I have never felt more comfortable as a podcast guest. I also appreciate and love how I always discover things about myself when other people…

First, design no harm

Mar 29, 2020
At UX Copenhagen 2020 I delivered my new talk “First, design no harm”. It’s an emotional talk that starts off with my own experiences at boarding school, understanding the complexity of abusive relationships and going on to explain how learnings…

Waking up in the office

Mar 16, 2020
For anyone not used to working from home I understand it may feel odd, with quite a number of technical tools to get used to. Of course there are many people who don’t even have this option, but if you…

Managing Consequences of Design

Feb 26, 2020
I’ve just finished reading The Ethical Design Handbook and am both brimming with new ideas and am more hopeful about the future. The authors bring new tools to the table, and also do a good job of reminding designers how…

Five reasons why I deleted my Facebook account

Feb 12, 2020
Here are the most clear-cut reasons I deleted my Facebook account. These Facebook practices triggered ethical considerations that helped decide on a path forward that would bring me, personally, more well-being. Systematically using methods to encourage addictive behavior . Allowing…

How to help events become more inclusive

Jan 14, 2020
To allow as many people as possible to participate and benefit from an event, there are many things to consider. It’s no surprise then that organizers often miss details that can help people feel welcome and seen, and that could…

Subscribing to newsletters the mindful way

Dec 9, 2019
There are some really good newsletters out there. But newsletters also have a way of cluttering your inbox, or grabbing your attention at the wrong time. And having it slide ever lower down your inbox can make you forget about…

Tech addiction

Dec 6, 2019
Ever more often I see people arguing about whether or not tech addiction is a real problem. On one side of the aisle, tech addiction is just alarmism or a disinformation campaign. At the other end, the media loves pushing…

Digital Compassion: A Human Act

Dec 3, 2019
The date was September 26, 1983. I was nine years old. Stanislav Petrov was 44 years old. Around my age today. He was working his second straight shift in the control room of the Soviet nuclear early-warning system Oko. Suddenly…

Flowchart: Manage impact in design

Nov 5, 2019
The flowchart on managing impact is intended to give you an overview of the elements that help you avoid and mitigate negative impact in digital design. Of course, it likely makes sense for more design situations than digital ones. I…