Commoning Design and Designing Commons - Interactive Workshop @ PDC 2020 15-19 June 2020, Colombia Manizales
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 . 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
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 (email@example.com) and Giacomo (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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
- Andrea Botero, Aalto University, Finland/Universidad de los Andes –
- 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:
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
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