(Note: This important topic originated from this valuable discussion Reflections on CHT header image and slogan and the message it conveys and then split off to discuss separately.)
Why change the Mission Statement?
The Humane Tech Community has adopted the same slogan and four strategic pillars of the CHT. We did not adopt a clear Vision and Mission statement, but instead used the slogan “To Re-align Technology to Humanity’s Best Interests” as our implicit mission + vision, and structured this forum’s categorization to match the strategic pillars.
This is actually quite vague. Do we mean all technology? Can we mention Humanity when there are so many different groups with different perspectives and motives, different cultures? And if using Humanity, then what is their _Best Interests? Where they ever known, and can they be defined?
Yes, we can use this slogan for our mission and vision. But only if we adopt an enormous scope of topics for discussion and improvement. In practice, though, this scope is unmanageable and leads to continuous discussion on What constitutes Humane Technology wrt this community? and What does it mean to be humane? or even What it means to be human. Valid discussions, but hard to turn into a comprehensive set of actionable objectives.
Furthermore our audience encompasses the entirety of humanity, all people in the world. This is okay, and as it should be. Our first strategic pillar - raising awareness and starting a Cultural Awakening - targets everyone. Our community is open and inclusive to all as well. But here manageability dictates we focus primarily on enlisting members that are willing to cooperate actively and with a solution-oriented approach.
In other words: Humane Tech Activists who are driving the field forwards, towards our stated goals.
This topic is about what that means for Vision and Mission statement, scope, objectives and strategy, and evaluation of the relationship between the Community and the Center for Humane Design.
Some of the posts below were moved from the original topic (as described at the top), and did not have this intro.
Note: I think the CHT has similar issues which I described May, 2018 in CHT Positioning – Mission, vision and scope (PDF)