EW: Exploratory Workshops

EW1: Migration of a Sharing Platform from Copenhagen to Aarhus – A Live Exploration of how Social Innovations may Travel

Jörn Messeter, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Erik Grönvall, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Lone Malmborg, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Özge Subasi, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Eva Brandt, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design, Denmark
Martin Sønderlev Christensen, SocialSquare, Denmark
Thomas Raben, Frederiksberg Municipality, Denmark

A one-day ‘Designathon’ on social innovations and how such innovations can ‘travel’ between settings. Societal challenges and technological possibilities call for new forms of participation and civic engagement. In particular, lack of resources promotes public engagement in social innovation, and highlights questions of how innovations developed in one local community can successfully ‘travel’ to other settings. In this full-day workshop, we take a hands-on approach in exploring how social innovations can ‘travel‘. A digital platform (EC AAL Give&Take – www.givetake.eu) co-designed with stakeholders in a municipality in Copenhagen and in two neighbourhood groups in Vienna is brought to the workshop. Representatives from the city of Aarhus will participate as local stakeholders to engage with workshop participants in this one-day ‘designathon’ to explore the challenges of appropriating this social innovation to the local setting of Aarhus. Participants will leave with concrete experiences from an exploration of how a particular social innovation can ‘travel’; involving real stakeholders in co-design of solutions to the challenges at hand.

Website: http://itu.dk/people/erig/GTWSPDC2016/
Contact: jrme(*)itu.dk
Monday 15. August, 09.00 – 17.00, Nygaard building (Room 184), Full day
Registration: Requires a submission (see website for info) (25 participants max)

 

EW2: Ting: Making Publics through Provocation, Conflict and Appropriation

Karin Hansson, Stockholm University, Sweden
Jaz Hee-jeong Choi, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Tessy Cerratto Pargman, Stockholm University, Sweden
Shaowen Bardzell, Indiana University, United States
Laura Forlano, Illinois University of Technology, United States
Carl DiSalvo, Georgia University of Technology, United States
Silvia Lindtner, University of Michigan, United States
Somya Joshi, Stockholm University, Sweden

This one-day workshop starts in the notion of the artifact as a “ting”, and design as something that raises a question, provokes a discussion, and creates a public through which agonistic encounters occur. Because of the importance of the role and embodiment of the designer/artist in making publics, this workshop calls attention to self-reflective practices in participatory design, and questions how these practices can be embedded in the functionality of new publics and design practices. We invite researchers, designers, activists, technologists and artists that are exploring utopian, speculative, and critical design projects as well as designing for and with social movements, alternative societies and relational economies.

Website: http://performingthecommon.se/ting/
contact: ting@performingthecommon.se
Monday 15. August, 09.00 – 17.00, INCUBA (Room 129), Full day
Registration: Requires a submission (see website for info) (15-25 participants)

 

EW3: Collaboratively Articulating “Urban” Participatory Design?!

Mette Agger Eriksen, Malmö University, Sweden
Anna Seravalli, Malmö University, Sweden
Per-Anders Hillgren, Malmö University, Sweden
Anders Emilson, Malmö University, Sweden

Increasingly many Participatory Design (PD) researchers and practitioners engage in urban and public contexts, which surely is about participation and democracy, but not necessarily with a main focus on technology development. These engagements are often a part of dealing with complex societal challenges such as sustainability, segregation, neighbourhood development, etc.  Many different but partly overlapping denominations are used to capture these participatory practices such as: community-based PD, emerging publics, design for sharing, commons and commoning, transition and transformation design, public and social innovation, PD and urban living labs, etc.  

As a group of PD researchers, the “Boundary Brigade”, we have engaged in this kind of work for soon a decade. “Urban Participatory Design” or the like has been a session theme at previous PDC conferences, yet, we find and propose that this can be further articulated. At this dialogue-based hands-on workshop, we invite others with similar interests in exploring what characterizes applying a PD approach in urban and public contexts, how to understand ”urban” and lastly whether it is fruitful to articulate as a more overarching concept the (sub)domain of Urban Participatory Design. Practically we will do this through collaborative mappings for example with cut-ups of a “personal positioning” by the workshop participants and by co-producing arguments as video stories.

Website: https://urbanparticipatorydesign.wordpress.com/
Contact: mette.agger(*)mah.se
Monday 15. August, 09.00 – 17.00, INCUBA (Room 139), Full day
Registration: Requires a submission (see website for info) (16 participants max)

 

(EW4: The Clothes Line Approach to Notions in Participatory Design) – cancelled

Sara Ljungblad, University of Gothenburg / Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Kalle Klockars, University of Gothenburg / Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Olof Torgersson, University of Gothenburg / Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Eva Eriksson, University of Gothenburg / Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Viktor Hjort af Ornäs, University of Gothenburg / Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Iréne Stewart Claesson, Lots Design, Sweden
Martina Keitsch, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

We invite researchers and practitioners to bring a plurality of perspectives and expertise related to the use of problematic notions in participatory design. How could a change of notions affect our perspective on participation and design? The aim of the full day workshop is to apply a cloth line approach in order to identify and sort, wash and tumble, some of the notions used in the community, and air them for better alternatives. We will do this by 1) critically identifying why certain notions are or have been problematic, 2) elaborating on them to raise awareness of their possible interpretations and implications in order to find alternatives that are usable across different Participatory Design (PD) settings. The outcome of the workshop is to contribute to elucidate how notions and their connotations frame participatory design practice, hopefully in a joint workshop publication.

Website: http://clothsline.wordpress.com
Contact: sara.ljungblad(*)gu.se
Monday 15. August, 09.00 – 17.00, INCUBA, Full day
Registration: Requires a submission (see website for info) (about 15 participants max)

 

EW5: Participatory Design and Public Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) sector

Sidsel Bech-Petersen, Dokk1, Denmark
Lisbeth Mærkedahl, Dokk1, Denmark
Marianna Krogsbæk, ITK Lab, Denmark

This half day workshop will investigate the role of Participatory Design principles and practices in the conceptualization of spaces, technologies and services in the Glam Sector.  Many GLAM organisations are beginning to use design thinking and human-centered approaches but we want to discuss how to move it towards participation and civic engagement. This workshop will look at how the field of Participatory Design can bring new reflections and approaches that can help us move participation forward. We are seeking to engage with participants that have experience or interest on how citizens’ involvement and PD process should and could take place to shape the future of GLAM institutions and services, especially public ones. At the  workshop we will briefly introduce the work done in Aarhus in the development of our new public library, Dokk1. We will also present the work done in cooperation with IDEO and Chicago Public Libraries: Design Thinking for Libraries. The rest of the workshop will be dedicated to sharing cases and investigating the role for Participatory Design in the GLAM sector. We invite you to become a part of this network and contribute to the discussions at the workshop.

Website: https://www.aakb.dk/workshop-at-pdc-2016
Contact: sibp(*)aarhus.dk
Tuesday 16. August, 09.00 – 12.30, INCUBA (Room 147), Half day
Registration: Registration on a first come- first served basis (25 participants max)

 

EW6: Open for Citizens / Open data

Amalia de Götzen, Aalborg University Copenhagen, Denmark
Nicola Morelli, Aalborg University, Denmark

Large quantity of open data is now available to institutions, business and citizens. The potential of such new resource, though, has not been explored yet, also because of a lack of perspectives and scenarios on how open data can be used. This half day workshop aims at broadening the perspectives on the use of open data by investigating new scenarios for a wide use of open data, where citizens without any IT skills can be involved in co-design sessions with the relevant stakeholders.

Website: http://open4citizens.eu/?page_id=436
Contact: ago(*)create.aau.dk
Monday 15. August, 13.30 – 17.00, Nygaard building (192), Half day
Registration: Requires a submission (see website for info) (20 participants max)

 

EW7: Writing Participatory Design – A Workshop on Interpreting, Accounting and Novel Forms of Reporting

Ann Light, University of Sussex, United Kingdom
Lone Malmborg, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Jörn Messeter, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Eva Brandt, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design, Denmark
Joachim Halse, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design, Denmark
Per-Anders Hillgren, Malmö University, Sweden
Tuuli Mattelmäki, Aalto University, Finland

This workshop asks participatory designers and researchers to consider how they write about their work and what role there is for novel approaches to expression, forms drawn from other disciplines, and open and playful texts. As we bring social science and humanities sensibilities to bear on designing with others; as we conduct experiments in infrastructuring and sociotechnical assemblages; as we ask what participation means in different contexts and types of futuring, can we find voice to match our innovations? How do reflexivity, positionality, autobiography and auto-ethnography fit into our reflections on designing? How far are we making our practice even as we write? Is the page a contemplative or collaborative space? Does the tyranny of the conference paper overwrite everything? Join us for this day of reading, writing and discussion about how we tell the stories that matter most to us.

Website: https://writingpd.wordpress.com
Contact: ann.light(*)gmail.com
Tuesday 16. August, 09.00 – 17.00, Nygaard building (Room 184), Full day
Registration: Requires a submission (see website for info) (16 participants max)

 

EW8: Empowering People with Impairments: How Participatory Methods can Inform the Design of Empowering Artifacts

Jelle van Dijk, University of Twente, Holland
Niels Hendricks, LUCA School of Arts, University of Leuven, Belgium
Christopher Frauenberger, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Fenne Verhoeven, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, Holland
Karin Slegers, iMinds, University of Leuven, Belgium
Eva Brandt, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design, Denmark
Rita Maldonado Branco, University of Porto, Portugal

Participatory Design has developed methods that empower people with impairments to actively take part in the design process. Many designed artifacts intended for the same target group likewise aim to empower their users in daily life. In this workshop we share and relate best practices of both empowering methods and empowering designs. What works to empower people in the design process, may in fact inform the way artifacts can empower persons with impairments in everyday life. Participants are invited to bring along cases of designing for- and with people with sensory-, cognitive- or social impairments.

Our one-day workshop has three parts: First we foreground empowering elements in PD methods using method stories, containing the backstory of a method put into practice in a shareable format. With these stories in hand we then reflect on technological artifacts, exploring the empowering qualities of  person-artifact-context interaction. We close by constructing a critical synopsis of the various relationships between empowering products and -methods.

Website: https://igw.tuwien.ac.at/pdc16-empowering/
Contact: jelle.vandijk(*)utwente.nl
Tuesday 16. August, 09.00 – 17.00, INCUBA (Room 121), Full day
Registration: Requires a submission (see website for info) (about 20 participants)

 

(EW9: Of Kittens and Kiddies: Reflections on Participatory Design with Small Animals and Small Humans) – cancelled

Yoram Chisik, Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, Portugal
Clara Mancini, The Open University, United Kingdom

Participatory Design strives to broaden the perspective of and increase empathy in design by giving specific and often under represented user groups, such as children or older people, a voice in the design process. The exact nature of the role played by such participants in the design process (e.g. user, informant, codesigner) and how much voice they are actually given has been the subject of a long and heated debate in the participatory design community. The emerging field of Animal Computer Interaction, which seeks to empower animals through user-centered technology, offers an interesting opportunity for a comparative analysis. Indeed, working with animals poses many of the challenges also posed by working with children, due to similarities with regards to cognitive capabilities or attention span at particular developmental stages, and with regards to the designer’s ability to communicate with them.

This workshop aims to bring together researchers from the fields of animal and child computer interaction to explore similarities and difference in the challenges they face, the methods they use and the lessons they have learnt, to date, with the objective of gaining a better understanding of these important aspects and setting an agenda for further collaboration and study between the two communities.

Website: https://kittensandkids.wordpress.com
Contact: ychisik(*)gmail.com
Tuesday 16. August, 09.00 – 17.00, INCUBA, Full day
Registration: Requires a submission (see website for info)

 

EW10: Exploring Theater of the Oppressed for Participatory Design

Teresa Macchia, University of Trento, Italy
Vincenzo D’Andrea, University of Trento, Italy
Roberto Mazzini, Giolli Cooperative, Italy
Angela Di Fiore, University of Trento, Italy
Michela Cozza, Mälardalen University, Sweden

This full-day workshop will explore the use of Theater of the Oppressed techniques in PD. The day starts with a group-building activity in order to get to know each other. The morning continues by illuminating and decontextualizing design experiences to use the PD process. In the afternoon, we will rise and express issues of design experience through Forum Theater. The workshop will conclude with a discussion focusing on the techniques adopted during the day, and on how to bring these approaches in PD practice.

Website: http://experientialdesigning.wordpress.com
Contact: teresa.macchia(*)unitn.it
Tuesday 16. Aug. 2016, 09.00 – 17.00, INCUBA (Room 112), Full day
Registration: Registration on a first come-first served basis (subjected to a 150 words motivation blog-post)

 

EW11: Participatory Design in Health Care – Participation, Power and Knowledge

Mette Juel Rothman, Department of Endocrinology, Institute of Clinical Research, Odense University Hospital, University of Southern Denmark
Dorthe Boe Danbjørg, Center of Innovative Medical Technologies (CIMT), Institute of Clinical Research, Odense University Hospital, University of Southern Denmark
Charlotte Myhre Jensen, Department of Orthopedics, Institute of Clinical Research, Odense University Hospital, University of Southern Denmark
Jane Clemensen, Center of Innovative Medical Technologies (CIMT), Institute of Clinical Research, Odense University Hospital, University of Southern Denmark

Today´s healthcare system is undergoing perceptible changes as the system is facing a paradigm shift due to demographic changes, technological developments, increasing complexity, organisational changes, and demands on user involvement and participation. Hence, this workshop wants to highlight the challenges and dilemmas which are emerging when participatory design is used in Healthcare, because the epistemological, cultural, methodological assumptions of participatory design collide with the traditionally well-established science tradition, language, culture and biomedical approach in health science.

This half-day workshop will be an opportunity to share our experiences in using participatory design in healthcare and research, or experiences in applying participatory design activities across different healthcare systems, particularly addressing dilemmas on knowledge, power and participation. Some of the questions we need to reflect together with you are: How do we argue PD as evidence based research design in a culture where evidence is equivalent only with knowledge from a randomized controlled trial? How do we create a participatory mindset in the healthcare system? How do we create a common language between clinicians, developers and patients?

Website: http://cimt.dk/workshop-participation-power-knowledge-pdc2016/
Contact: mette.rothmann(*)rsyd.dk
Tuesday 16. August, 13.30 – 17.00, INCUBA (Room 139), Half day
Registration: Requires a submission (see website for info) (20 participants max)