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Hi, I’m Anselm Hannemann. Freelance webdesigner, frontend engineer, advisor. Curating WDRL, growing vegetables on a market garden farm.

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“Ethics” and Ethics is more than a normal article to read. It’s a long essay about what the word ethics means, how its meaning changed in recent time, and the difficulty of diffusion of responsibility in companies. It makes it hard to address and fix problems in big organizations, which is the reason why it’s easy—yet not very effective—to declare a design ethics, tech ethics, business ethics as indidvidual responsibilities as they all lack context without having the support from other people who provide the foundation for their work. Only if a company’s business analysts, bookkeepers, investors, PR, marketing and sales people as well as the CEO itself contribute all together to build an ethical product, this will become successful. And because it requires so many people to be on board, it’s rarely seen in the wild.
And by reading Basecamp’s “It doesn’t have to be crazy at work” book we can get a glance how much effort and good will it needs to build a company that follows an ethical approach. We will understand why it’s so much easier to build a non-ethical company and why even if a couple of people in a company strive for better ethics, the product or company won’t reflect this individual path. Oliver Reichenstein, the author of the above mentioned article, shares why we might want designers to busy themselves with philosophy and how to keep the morales and ethics right in a world and environment where it’s hard to see how.






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