The Power of Local recognizes that power is unevenly distributed between the Global North and the Global South. When local experts have access to appropriate technologies, they can tackle local problems more effectively and more sustainably. Local experts with local knowledge and first-hand experience facing challenges alongside their communities know better than anyone how to bring the right solutions to those challenges. This is the Power of Local.
WeRobotics is a local-first organization, founded in response to the systemic exclusion we’ve witnessed in the “Humanitarian Technology” sector. Time and time again, local changemakers are excluded from “Technology for Good” projects. WeRobotics aims to change this by shifting leadership opportunities to local experts and by promoting and enabling shared prosperity in the use of emerging technologies for society’s benefit.
Diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity are not just check-boxes for us to tick off and move on with business as usual. If women and people of color are prevented—through racism, for example—from sharing their expertise and creativity to address the world’s most pressing problems, then our species will not have the combined knowledge necessary to save this blue dot of a planet we call home.
Diversity matters. Inclusion matters. Context matters. Local knowledge matters. Local leadership matters. Black Lives Matter.
To quote a good colleague: “One cannot have a conversation about local action without having a conversation about equity and justice.” We are a social movement just as much as we are an organization. And one way to fight racism is through solidarity–one of our core values.
Black Lives Matter and we stand in solidarity with those who are protesting the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, and the countless others inside the U.S. and around the world.
We unequivocally condemn racism, neocolonialism, and white supremacy in all its forms.
We commit to listening and calling out power dynamics where and when they exclude the plurality of voices.
We will continue to push back firmly against attempts to reduce complex social problems into technical questions. We will also redouble our efforts to grow a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive team across the countries, cities, and communities where we work to advance our mission and vision. More specifically, we are running a full “diagnostics test” on WeRobotics, an introspective, to identify the key changes that we must make within the organization (and within ourselves) to be the change we want to see in the world. Stay tuned.