World Usability Day was started in November, 2005, so that we could change the world. Each of us can make a difference, whether we are developers or consumers, our action shape our world.
A humanistic approach to technology development can help to steer us in a positive direction. User centered design and development puts people first. When products and services are developed to enhance our lives, help us do our work more efficiently, and add enjoyment, everyone can benefit.
World Usability Day began as a conversation in a restaurant in the Boston area, on the eve of a great historic moment in baseball. The Boston Red Sox finally won a playoff series against their long time rival, the New York Yankees. After 86 long years, the curse of the Bambino was over. A somewhat motley team of players worked together to sweep the World Series and become the 2004 Major League Baseball Champions.
As a long time Red Sox fan, I saw the power of a team of people working together to create a change. The model of people working together for a greater good is inspiring when you see each individual pushing themselves, to go further then they ever had before. The whole is greater then the sum of its parts.