Ethical Tension Cards: Ethics Tool


‘‘Ethical-Dilemma/ Tension Cards’’ are elicitation tools to engage individual practitioners to reflect on their present or past ethical dilemmas as well as categorize them using the Tension Cards Categorization Worksheet.

According to the A.E.I.O.yoU model (more details to come), this toolkit seeks to describe and create awareness of ethical dilemmas and tensions faced by practitioners (Individual, yoU), as they perceive others (O) and during interactions (I) among the practitioners, at the practitioner level.


  • Familiarize yourself with Ethical Dilemmas/Tensions cards (on the other sheet/board).

  • Filter and position each Ethical Dilemma/Tension card based on your everyday work in your organization on the Dilemma/Tensions Categorization worksheet. You can also add your own ethical dilemmas to the list.

  • Reflect and/or Share stories about instances from your previous or current experiences to elaborate and narrate on dilemmas you often face.

    • [Extension] Refer to Dilemma Postcards (another toolkit) to extend sharing your stories.

  • Express and ideate on what kinds of support you needed or need to solve the dilemmas/tensions.

Tools in the whole toolkit


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Shruthi Chivukula
Educator/ Researcher@Pratt Institute [School of Information]
I am an Assistant Professor at School of Information, Pratt Institute (Manhattan, New York). My interest lies in the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), User Experience Design, Ethics and Values, and critical qualitative research. My quirky side, I am a doodler who named her doodles "Shruudles", a Carnatic Classical Singer, a plant mom, a Formula1 follower who does not know how to drive, and a great cook (trust me!).

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