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Podcast - Think digital, act human: Black voices in digital and technology

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Here is the second episode of our – 'Think digital, act human' – podcast series which shines a light on the stories of the people behind our digital and technology projects.

Hosted by Product Manager, Adaobi Ifeachor, in this episode we’re celebrating the work of 3 Black digital and technology experts in DfE.

Keisha Herbert, Virginia Brown and Courtney Allen explain the critical part they play in designing, building and running services.

You’ll learn why they chose to join DfE, what work they’re currently up to, and how employers can show support and solidarity for Black colleagues during difficult times (#euphemism).

Listen and let us know what you think.

If you’re short on time, fast forward to where our guests:

  • describe what they do in digital and technology multidisciplinary teams and how their roles relate and overlap. Keisha a Senior User Researcher goes first. Then Courtney an Associate Product Manager, followed by Virginia who is a Content Design Lead 02:10
  • explain how they got into their digital and technology roles in the Civil Service 14:05
  • answer questions from non-Black colleagues 20:25

Trigger warning and glossary

There's a discussion about personal experiences of racism, starting at 25:50

DDaT refers to the Digital Data and Technology community

Diaspora refers to a community of people spread across the world.

KPIs are key performance indicators. We use these to measure how effective our work is.

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  1. Comment by Dale posted on

    Great podcast guys. I really enjoyed listening to it and learning from it. More please!

    • Replies to Dale>

      Comment by Adaobi Ifeachor posted on

      Thanks, Dale. The team and I had been really looking forward to this one.

  2. Comment by Robyn posted on

    Finally got around to listening to this, and I'm just sad I didn't listen to it sooner. Really great podcast - hope you do more like this in the future as it certainly helps to break down barriers <3
    Well done guys!

  3. Comment by David Mullane posted on

    Great podcast. Got some useful insights. Keep Sharing.