Mostly Harmless

Slides and workbook for EuroIA 18 workshop

Mostly Harmless

Huge thank you to all my workshop participants for helping to make the workshop the thoughtful, reflective and safe space I always hope for. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to share my thinking and learn from others, and I extend my gratitude to the brilliant co-chairs and the many volunteers and reviewers who make EuroIA a tight-knit family of practitioners always striving to do better.

Most of the content I put out into the world is creative commons. Use it, share it, build upon it and make it better. Any shout-out to me is of course greatly appreciated. I love to see these ideas being put into practice.

For some people this is a workshop that challenges a lot of beliefs and could make you question work you do. Don't be afraid to reach out if you are struggling to process some ot the things we talked about.

Mostly Harmless - Design for digital with a conscience from Per Axbom


The workbook I use in my workshop can be downloaded in two different layouts. The first one is a regular page-by-page PDF in chronological order. The second one is in booklet format, meaning you can print out the booklet double-sided and fold it into an A5-booklet yourself.

Here are some links I would suggest that you check out. Let me know if I've forgotten something that I may have mentioned during the day.

Tweets from the day

So much to reflect on after a great workshop at #euroia18 about how to incorporate ethical, sustainable and inclusive thinking into the design process. Thanks @axbom! September 28, 2018
“We build algorithms which are way better than us. What if the algorithms are way better than us at doing the wrong thing?” @axbom at #euroIA18 September 28, 2018
Just finished the first workshop, “mostly harmless” by @axbom, and I have mixed feelings: existential crisis / motivational injection. September 28, 2018
“How you frame the problem will tell you if you are human-centric or organization-centric.” @axbom at #euroia18 on his workshop “Mostly harmless, design for digital with a conscience”. September 28, 2018
Amazing and incredibly cute tool by @axbom to map the people you are excluding or hurting with your design #euroIA18 September 28, 2018
“Why do we do risk assessments for the product itself but not for the people using it? Why don’t we think about how we can harm our users?!” An ever so relevant workshop by the witty ⁦@axbom#euroia18 September 28, 2018
.@axbom's design ethics workshop was a #euroia18 highlight! He unpacked an overloaded term *and* shared with us practical tools to actually design ethically and inclusively. Check out more materials here: October 1, 2018