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Social Change

Striving for positive social change is at the heart of our purpose, culture and work.


As technologists, we have a unique role to play in ensuring technology benefits all of society, toward a more equitable future. Our vision for social change inspires and motivates us to take collective action. We amplify, through our skill set, the work of our partners at the forefront of social movements.

The social change framework


Our approach to advancing social change and promoting a more equitable tech future continues to evolve. Today, we use this framework to guide us, ensuring that we approach social change on every level.


Learn more about the framework levels, and examples of the work we've done in each space in our

Social change report, Volume I

Diagram of ThoughtWorks Social Change framework, which shows from left to right, with arrows connecting the levels of the Framework. These are: INDIVIDUAL level, the personal journey; INDUSTRY level, Diverrsity, Equity and Inclusion; ORGANIZATIONS level, Tech for social change; MOVEMENTS level, solidarity over charity, and, finally, SOCIETY level, equitable technology. The levels are explained further below.
Diagram of ThoughtWorks Social Change framework, which shows from left to right, with arrows connecting the levels of the Framework. These are: INDIVIDUAL level, the personal journey; INDUSTRY level, Diverrsity, Equity and Inclusion; ORGANIZATIONS level, Tech for social change; MOVEMENTS level, solidarity over charity, and, finally, SOCIETY level, equitable technology. The levels are explained further below.

Individuals

Personal journey

We provide a platform for ThoughtWorkers to become more socially conscious, empathetic global citizens and technologists.


Industry

Diversity, equity & inclusion

We reject discrimination and inequality, and promote diversity in all its forms. We actively strive to make ThoughtWorks and our industry more reflective and inclusive of the society we serve. 


Organizations

Tech for social change

Technology tools can be a lever for social change. We engage with social justice organizations where we believe ThoughtWorks can provide deep value, through strategy, design and technology. 


Movements

Solidarity over charity

Our social impact strategies are informed by our partners. Whether they are social movements or communities, we strive to align our priorities with organizational coalitions to maximise our impact.


Society

Equitable technology

Technology is rapidly changing society. We drive conversations about privacy, equity, and inclusion. We proactively work to identify, understand, and address inequities in emerging technology.

Social Justice isn't just about doing work for good causes. It's also about looking at our core work and asking how it can benefit society.
Martin Fowler

Chief Scientist

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Our people; our culture

Everyone at ThoughtWorks plays a part in our commitment to social justice. We have created an environment where people can learn and challenge themselves. We also facilitate and encourage complex conversations that advance our understanding of social justice and the societal implications of technology, and inspire us to action. Not everyone here is an activist, of course! But we believe in being open-minded, intolerant of intolerance and supportive of those less fortunate than us. We are, as a community and as individuals, aware of our privilege and seek to use it to help others.

Two of our consultants in Australia, one wearing white, one wearing black. Sitting at a laptop pairing on a client project, both smiling broadly. Perhaps slightly embarrassed that we have caught them on camera!Two of our consultants in Australia, one wearing white, one wearing black. Sitting at a laptop pairing on a client project, both smiling broadly. Perhaps slightly embarrassed that we have caught them on camera!

Our clients; our work

As a global technology firm, we believe we have a responsibility to constantly question the impact of technology on society, and specifically on people who are systemically marginalised and oppressed. While we do work in the non-profit sector to leverage technology as a tool for social change, we also work with clients in every sector, finding ways to build more equitable and ethical technology. This involves helping them develop policies, frameworks and strategies that promote equity and inclusion, educating technologists about privilege and bias; and actually building in the values of privacy, empathy, equity, and inclusion in the technology we create.

ThoughtWorker stories

Gamifying education for rural students

In China, rural students are at a disadvantage, and even more so when it comes to remote learning. This is the story of our work with REAP to support students as they learn remotely.

Antonio: 3D printing PPE for healthcare workers

A self-taught printer, Antonio went from 3D printing board game pieces to creating PPE for essential workers in Madrid. This is Antonio’s story of giving back during lockdown.

Simulating COVID-19's spread from lockdown

Running epidemiological simulations for epidemics like smallpox is no small feat. Adapting that simulation for COVID-19 in real time? A herculean undertaking fit for 2020. This is the story of EpiRust.

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