Fossbox is a network of researchers and technologists interested in the human dimensions of emerging technologies. We work to promote awareness of the issues surrounding technology in society and economy and for more democratic accountability. We also support organisations and communities to take greater practical control of the technologies which are increasingly shaping all our lives.
We collaborate with universities, arts organisations, non-profits, representative bodies, and governments using human-centred design processes to engage the public in research and policy and to capture impacts collaboratively.
We also use participatory techniques to help organisations get to grips with the human dimension of technology closer to home – organisational strategy, online collaboration, democratic decision-making, communities of practice, and remote-working.
Fossbox was formed in 2007 to take forward participatory technology design research begun with a cross-disciplinary research collaboration Design for the 21st Century: Technology & Social Action. We wanted to continue to work with university researchers to explore a more collaborative, open and sustainable approach to technology design for social change. Over the years since Fossbox formed, the arts and non-profit sectors have radically transformed and, with it, the focus of our design and strategy work.
Fossbox was formally incorporated as a non-profit CIC limited by guarantee and asset-locked in 2009. We continue to support organisations to be more strategic, flexible, and connected in the context of ever more rapid change. We remain committed to working collaboratively using human-centred design processes and open technologies, which help sustain and scale community networks and social change movements, and to be active in critical design research.