At The Whistle, we believe that one size does not fit all. We work closely with our partners, aiming to create a unique product that resonates with their local contexts. Through this ‘slow-tech’ process, we stand in contrast to the problems of paternalistic, prescriptive and extractive design that pervade the ICT4D (information and communication for development) sector.
Through our research, we have found that although NGOs are intrigued by new technologies, they are often resistant to incorporating them in their work.
Through our research, we have found that, although NGOs are intrigued by new technologies, they are often resistant to incorporating them in their work because they worry about negative impacts on their relationships with their witnesses. These concerns stem in part from the one-size-fits-all technologies they have encountered that are not flexible enough to take their contexts and needs into account.
Rather than one-size-fits-all, we believe in a smaller-scale, ‘slow tech’ approach — in other words, in using an iterative, research-based process to solve immediate needs with basic technological tools. We pay attention to the local, historical and cultural contexts of our cases, focusing on technological sustainability and building high-quality relationships with partner human rights organizations. Our process is bottom-up rather than top-down, and our partners’ expertise drives our work.
To read more about slow tech, check out our research.