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Message posted on 27/03/2020

UPDATES - Commoning Design and Designing Commons - Interactive Workshop @ PDC 2020 15-19 June 2020, Colombia Manizales

Dear all,

we are glad to inform you that, following the ‘plan b’ implemented for
PDC 2020, also /Commoning Design and Designing Commons/ interactive
workshop will take place as an online/remote workshop.

Furthermore, the submission deadline for expressions of interest has
extended to 15^th April!

During the next days, more information will be updated on the workshop

Best regards,
Giacomo (on behalf of workshop organizers)

On 09-Mar-20 08:17, GP wrote:
> Dear colleagues,
> we want to draw your attention and invite you to participate to the
> workshop: /Commoning Design and Designing Commons/, which will take
> place at the next Participatory Design Conference (PDC) 2020
> "Participation(s) Otherwise", in Colombia (Manizales).
> In this workshop, we aim to explore the relevance of the /commons /(as
> an objective) and /commoning/ (as a way of doing and being) for
> Participatory Design activities, especially for those that aim
> seriously and critically at supporting sustainable futures for all
> (not only humans). There seems to currently be a lack of
> infrastructures to cultivate and care for commoning approaches. The
> available technologies, spaces and organization principles are mainly
> focused in dealing with scarcity and private property. There is a need
> to look for broader spectrum issues, not to run the risk of making it
> too easy to abuse resources, too difficult to make contributions, or
> embrace pluralities. Furthermore, issues of passing on ‘best
> practices’ related to commoning seem to always pose challenges. The
> need to connect commoning practices to the variety of cooperative
> subjects transforming our society is also urgent [20]. Based on the
> above, we seek contributions that highlight, reflect and raise
> awareness around some of these questions:
> How can we design better infrastructures and frameworks that
> enable, mediate, protect, and foster the emerging and increasingly
> complex commoning practices?
What new design vocabulary, principles, policies, guidelines, and
> practices are needed to contribute to co-designing commons? How to
> connect this vocabulary with the one of feminism,
> environmentalism, indigenous movements, and the other
> transformative movements populating our common world?
> How to articulate collaborative practices with sharing resources
> in the long run? What kind of alliances need to be made? Which
> ones should be unmade?
How to deal with the contradictions that arise from cultivating
> commons in capitalist societies and in individualistic cultures?
> What is to be learned from activist commoners globally already
> experimenting with and applying new practices of commoning?
What other commons-based practices can we learn from indigenous
> knowledge and sharing traditions?
> Our intention is to continue ongoing efforts to link discussions and
> research done in a commoning framework to collaborative practices
> found in design around (more established) human but also (emergent)
> planet centred design, participatory design and open design, and in
> line with the PDC2020 theme, for Participation(s) otherwise.
> How to participate:
> Interested participants can send a brief position paper reflecting on
> a current project or case on the theme /commons/commoning/ and
> /participatory design/ (1 A4 page case/project presentation, in PDF,
> to be extended if accepted to workshop) to both:
> Joanna ( and Giacomo (, with the e-mail
> subject: "PDC2020: Commoning Design WS"
> Deadline for position papers is 30th March
> Selected participants will be informed by 15th April
> The full-day workshop will be held on 15th or 16th June (tbc soon on
> website)
> Workshop organizers:
> - Andrea Botero, Aalto University, Finland/Universidad de los Andes –
> Colombia
> - Sanna Marttila, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
> - Giacomo Poderi, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
> - Joanna Saad-Sulonen, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
> - Anna Seravalli, Malmö University, Sweden
> - Maurizio Teli, Aalborg University, Denmark
> - Frederick M.C van Amstel, UTFPR, Brazil
> Read more about the workshop at:
> For more information on PDC2020 "Participation(s) Otherwise", visit:
> Best regards,
> Giacomo
> --
> Giacomo Poderi
> /Assistant Professor/
> IT University of Copenhagen, Digital Design Department.
> Rued Langgaards Vej 7, DK-2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark.
> /The Long Now of the Commons/ (17/10/2019) Event Report available here
> .
> Latest publication: Sustaining platforms as commons
> .
> /Codesign/ 15(3).
> Editorial board member of /Tecnoscienza - Italian Journal of Science
> and Technology Studies/
> .
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