Bring together the HCI/UX professional organizations into a single focused entity to work with the United Nations, specifically around the human factors issues within the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to work on projects that aim to solve the world’s biggest problems. WUI would be an initiative that is designed to be self-sustaining. Funding for infrastructure and related projects would come by local organizers getting local funding, a model that has been working for World Usability Day (WUD) since 2005.
In order to create a successful strategy, we propose these tactical goals:
TACTICAL GOAL 1:
Connect the HCI-UX field to the United Nations by establishing World Usability Day as an internationally observed day, which is listed on the United Nations calendar. To this end, a design challenge was launched to coincide with World Usability Day 2020 which takes place in November. Awards were given to professionals in 5 countries. As of 2021, WUD are collaborating with HCI International http://www.hci.international/ as the sponsor the Design Challenge in perpetuity.
TACTICAL GOAL 2:
Create projects within developed and developing countries that connect with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/
TACTICAL GOAL 3:
Create an UN-based World Usability Organization (WUO) that will focus on ensuring technology, products and services will be made accessible and usable for everyone.