What trying to build a fair smartphone teaches us about ethical technology
Have you ever asked yourself who made your phone? Or how it works? Today no single human knows where all the parts of a smartphone come from.
Bas van Abel is an awarded social entrepreneur (ao. German Environment Award 2016), designer (ao. Dutch Design Awards) and innovator (ao Greentec Award). Open design is the driving force behind many of his initiatives, combined with his passion for building new relationships between people and products. He is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fairphone, a social enterprise which creates a phone to uncover complex production systems and change how products are made. Fairphone has been widely recognised with awards such as the UN Momentum for Change Award 2015, the European Business Award for the Environment 2016, and is a certified B Corp. Prior to Fairphone, Bas was Head of Waag Society’s Open Design Lab, where he established Amsterdam's FABLab, a community maker space, and initiated the Instructables Restaurant, the world’s first open source restaurant.