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Exploring responsible tech practice? The Responsible Tech Collective needs you

Categories: Digital and Technology

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 Digital and Technology

The Responsible Tech Collective is looking for new members who support their vision of a more ethical and diverse tech industry. Funding for RTC has been delivered through the Co-op Foundation’s Federation programme, supported by Luminate.

The Responsible Tech Collective (RTC) is a group of tech organisations working to make tech more inclusive and responsible. The team works to diversify the sector and encourage inclusionary practices while also developing solutions and innovations to ethical challenges in tech. Based in Greater Manchester, they aim to establish the region as an exemplar for equitable, inclusive and sustainable tech.

The RTC is now looking for new partners to join more than 20 founding organisations, including Co-op, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Nexer Digital and Manchester Metropolitan University, pioneers including Open Data Manchester CIC and Diverse & Equal and community representatives from Macc (who support and develop the voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in Manchester) and Salford Council for Voluntary Services. Partner organisations don’t need to be tech companies, they just need an appetite for change within the industry and the willingness and ability to put people first in creating tech.

Annette Joseph MBE, Founder and CEO at Diverse & Equal, one of RTC’s founding partners

“ Changing the world is a big task. Being part of a collective of like-minded businesses has helped us to know that this task is possible. The Co-op Foundation and Responsible Tech Collective have been there for us — providing assistance with space, company structure and expansion plans. The wider community offers a safe space to test ideas, support with projects and most importantly - moral support. The amazing people and noble causes that make up the rest of the collective give me hope for the future.

RTC engages with organisations, groups and initiatives that are leading digital and social innovation to challenge inequity and strengthen digital & data rights. It is led by system change and social impact agency, Noisy Cricket and supported by digital and open tech experts, Paper Frogs to deliver on Co-op's vision of ‘Co-operating for a Fairer world’. Focusing on putting people first when it comes to all things digital, RTC is driven by an ambition to shape a more equitable, inclusive and sustainable industry.

Chris Quin, Director of Enterprise, Architecture and Design at Co-op said:

“ The last 20 years has seen unprecedented technology advancements which has reset economic, social and cultural norms …. for Co-op understanding and addressing the exclusion issues that are caused by Technology is key to our values. The Responsible Tech Collective gives us an opportunity to listen, learn and respond to the issues by hearing from diverse groups who can openly share their issues, and some of the most progressive technology pioneers in Manchester to help identify solutions. Co-op is proud to be a founding member of the Collective.

If your organisation is interested in getting involved with RTC, please contact Lauren Coulman at Noisy Cricket on hello@noisycricket.org.uk

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