Who we are

Tech for Life is a movement. We champion the responsible creation and use of technology, and provide leaders with a framework based on our guiding principles.

Tech for Life asks those that create and use technology to take steps to put people back at the center of tech. The tech for life initiative want businesses to optimize their organizations for profit and purpose, by adding sustainability and trust to the financial bottom line.

The forthcoming Tech for Life book outlines our vision for a world where technology works for us, not against us. It provides examples of how responsible technology is already being created and used. And it calls for leaders in technology to commit to the five Tech for Life principles.

Aspire to to do more; to solve problems which are relevant to people in their daily lives; to change the world; to make a positive and sustainable difference.

Technology has been one of the most important drivers of economic, cultural and societal development throughout humankind's history.

But while developments such as artificial intelligence and robotics have great potential, there are legitimate questions about whether tech has lost sight of the people that should lie at its center.

Is it right that our data have been monetized? What is the impact of big tech on our privacy? Technology has always been open to abuse, misuse and malicious intent. As our reliance on technology increases, how do we ensure that it is used wisely and in our best interests?

The Tech for Life book will be published in 2020, further details will be published here.

Origins

Tech for Life was founded on core principles set out in the Copenhagen Letter, the result of a meeting of 150 tech professionals, philosophers, academics and business leaders, from all over the world, who came together in Copenhagen during 2017’s Tech Festival to create a manifesto for the future.

The message in the Copenhagen Letter was blunt. “It is time to take responsibility for the world we are creating. Time to put humans before business. Time to replace the empty rhetoric of ‘building a better world’ with a commitment to real action. It is time to organize, and to hold each other accountable.”

The Copenhagen Letter calls for real action. The Tech for Life movement is a response to that call and a commitment to its principles.