The Club of Experts
We promote the development of knowledge on AI and digital automation projects to organize human work well.
We want to contribute to increasing impact assessment and change competence in companies in the wake of AI and digital automation.
We want to place AI and digital automation projects on a value basis in order to preserve dignified and value-creating human work (in line with UN Sustainable Goal No. 8 (Decent Work)).
Through our activities, we help to ensure that the transformation of organizations supported by intelligent automation (e.g., for reasons of skills shortages, changing customer expectations, or general cost pressures) can take place more quickly and at the same time more fairly.
Values & Principles
The following value charter should always be read in the context of AI and digital automation projects. The charter is not intended to be adopted in its pure form, but represents a communication trigger for boards of directors, executives, IT project teams, works councils and employees. The charter is an inspiration. Readers are asked to adapt the charter for their own context and take action for their respective AI and automation projects. We are aware that some principles break taboos with today's prevailing management paradigms by placing people above technical or business objectives. From our point of view, this provocation is necessary to create and perpetuate the dialog about the relevance of values in organizations for the AI era.
Humanity & Autonomy
Names, faces and personal stories of affected workforces are more important than processes, key indicators and business plans.
Meaningful and self-determined work is more important than processs optimi-zation.
Collaboration between people is more important than human-machine- inter-action.
Openness & Transparency
Communicating relevant content clearly and emphatically is more important than providing information diplomatically.
Developing goals in dialog with stakeholders is more important than accomplished facts.
Honesty about an uncertain future is more important than utopian promises.
Development & Empowerment
Expanding people's skills is more important than cutting costs.
Allowing employees to participate and shape the process is more important than detailed instructions.
Actively addressing employee resistance is more important than following project deadlines.
Holism & Longterm Orientation
Rethinking and shaping technology consequences for people is more important than the use of technology.
The learning organization is more important than the automating organization.
The guarantee of an sustainable, individual automation benefit for those affected is more important than the full use of freed-up time for short-term productivity gains.
Story & People
The Human Friendly Automation Manifesto was developed from June 2020 to July 2021 in 18 sessions by Larissa Bisch, Elisabeth Cartolaro, Hannah Sophie Dickenbrock, Dirk Eichler, Martin Födisch, Hans-Joachim Gergs, Tanja Hencker, David Hirsch, Clemens Holst, Nadine Hohmann, Tobias Kaempf, Stephanie Kuhn, Barbara Langes, Mohes Munschizada, Carolin Nina-Mamani, Lisa Allegra Markert, Tim Peters, Thilan Phuong Pham, Michael Rosenthal, Lars Schatilow, Sarah Schmidt and Kathinka Schüssler.
The participating experts (promoters) from HR, change, automation and AI come from large international and national cross-industry companies and public institutions as well as academia.
The initiator was Lars Schatilow, who invented the topic and came up with the idea of a network of promoters to create a manifesto of values and principles (in the style of the agile manifesto).
The reflection of values takes place in particular through the international Human Friendly Automation Day.
For the work of the network and the current, active experts check out our Pitchbook 2023.