Over the recent years, many efforts have been made to create digital tech that benefits humanity. Specifically, as we become aware of the effects that technological changes can have on us, many seek to turn the tide by harnessing the power of digital tech to facilitate wellbeing and flourishing.
Creating solutions with real and lasting impact, however, is no easy task. Over the years, at the GEMH Lab we have worked hard to research and create playful video games for the benefit of young people's wellbeing. We have found that science, design, industry and sometimes clinical settings all need to come together for a digital solution to be most effective. We have made mistakes and learned valuable lessons about the practicalities and necessary mindset to create digital tech for human flourishing, and we are excited that the Templeton World Charity Foundation has given us the opportunity to materialise all of our experiences into a practical, action-oriented toolkit for professionals who seek to do the same as us: create digital technologies for human flourishing.
This toolkit, called the Bloombox, is one of our focal projects in the years to come. We aim to provide designers, artists, developers, scientists and other relevant professionals the tools they need to make their interdisciplinary tech-for-good project successul. To that end, the Bloombox will consist of both tips-n-tricks as well as caveats, as we work to transform our experiences into practical tools to make sure you can capitalise on our successes ánd mistakes. Additionally, we will provide concrete templates, checklists and planners to create clarity in these often complex projects.
If you yourself work in the tech-for-good sphere, we would love to hear from you about what has and hasn't worked for you in past of current projects. Incorporating real experiences and routines of other professionals is of vital importance to us and will ensure that the Bloombox will in the end be truly useful. We look forward to sharing bits of the Bloombox with you as we build!