journey based on the seven ethical tools process proposed by Shannon Vallor
what it is
a journey to help to identify ethical risks in projects of design and engineering in order to prevent them and to develop an ethical culture in a company by enabling continuing ethical refinement on its workflows and practices.
the seven ethical tool process was developed by Shannon Vallor and first published in 2018
why to use
by mapping and understanding the ethical risks in a process of design and engineering – that may be created or exacerbated by technical choices and activities – is possible determine how to reduce, eliminate, or mitigate such risks. and so, to avoid harms and disasters resulted from failing to adequately identify and appreciate the foreseeable ethical risks.
when to use
the seven ethical tools journey is a structured way of implementing needed ethical reflection, deliberation, and judgment into tech industry engineering and design workflows. its goal is to avoid ethical failures in a project. although all the seven tools are part of a closed set, its possible to further customize for specific applications, once each tool performs a different ethical function.
how to use
the seven ethical tools journey has eight points of divergence that must be applied to structure the research dynamics. for each methodology topic, we put together a divergence kit in strategeegia.digital with questions to help organize the review steps and structure the methodological process.
each block of Shannon Vallor‘s original methodology was converted into a divergence kit, generating the eight kits in the list below:
- opening the tool box
- tool 1: ethical risk sweeping
- tool 2: ethical pre-mortems and post-mortems
- tool 3: expanding the ethical circle
- tool 4: case-based analysis
- tool 5: remembering the ethical benefits of creative work
- tool 6: think about the terrible people
- tool 7: closing the loop: ethical feedback and iteration