Foundations of
Humane Technology

An Online Course For Professionals Shaping Tomorrow's Technology
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To build technology that matters tomorrow, we have to start with different principles today.

This self-paced online course prepares product teams to create technology that treats attention and intention as sacred, protects well-being, and builds our collective capacity to address humanity’s most urgent challenges.

Essential for anyone developing for impact.
- Premal Shah, Co-Founder of
If you want what you build to last, you need to create technology that's built from trust and humane.
- Jonathan Borthwick, CEO of Betaworks

This Course Will Help You To:



Learn new, more humane principles to replace the harmful, extractive paradigm that created the mess we’re in today.


Reflect on your own patterns and learn concrete ways to shift your team toward a humane model of value creation. 



Join thousands globally who are building more humane technology. Find your next hire, influence public policy, and shape industry trends.

About the Course

Foundations of Humane Technology:

  • Is for professionals, with or without a technical background, shaping tomorrow's technology
  • Consists of 8 self-paced modules which average about one hour each to complete
  • Includes interactive exercises and reflections to help you internalize what you’re learning
  • Incorporates numerous references to external work for extra depth
  • Offers regular optional convenings to discuss course content, connect with like-minded people, and learn from experts in the field
  • Rewards a credential upon completion that can be shared with colleagues and prospective employers
  • Is currently free of charge, thanks to our generous donors

Foundations of Humane Technology is made possible by the generous lead supporters of the Center for Humane Technology. Support for this course was provided in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.

Course Modules

Setting the Stage

What challenges define this moment in history and how can the technology we build help to address them?

Respecting Human Nature

How can technology work in harmony with the vulnerabilities and biases with which all humans have evolved?

Minimizing Harmful Consequences

What economic forces affect products, and how can product teams help address and reduce harmful externalities?

Centering Values

How do the conditions of our lives shape our values? How might product development be informed by metrics but centered on values?

Creating Shared Understanding

How can technology engender the trust and understanding we need to solve complex problems together?

Supporting Fairness & Justice

How can technology enable a more just world, and practically integrate voices of people who experience harm?

Helping People Thrive

How can products help people act in alignment with their deeper intentions, rather than optimizing for engagement?

Ready To Act

How can we create a culture of humane technology inside of our workplaces and broader industry?