What If We Understood
What if we understood how the technology industry is perceived?
the implications of perfect corporate buses transporting a small slice of the neighborhood to a campus far away?
that onsite haircuts, meals, dentists, massages, and coffee results in the loss of thousands of interactions with people in our communities every day?
that having skills that are currently in demand doesn’t make us better than others?
that users know when they’re being used?
that there are significant problems worth solving other than the ones people like us face regularly?
how it looks when we spend millions to celebrate our success, while 12 million of our neighbors are unemployed (one-third for 6 months or more) and nearly 4 million earn minimum wage?
that technology is not neutral, and profiting from people’s weakness is wrong?
that people deserve to being treated fairly even if we decided not to charge them for the product?
that we don’t have to accept how the press and others define success in technology?
that if we continue to game invites and use tricks to grow, we will be held in the same esteem as sketchy used car salesmen once were?
how harmful our lack of diversity is?
that just because we’ve embraced a fully open, online life, doesn’t mean the people who use our services have?
that the next generation is watching and learning from us?
I wonder what it would be like if we fought for the people who use our products first and foremost.
if we refused when asked to do something that violated the trust of our users.
if we didn’t settle.
if we thought more about the ripple effects of the technology we bring into the world.
If we focused on what we will leave behind.
if we realized how fortunate we are.