Relationality, commoning, and designing

…a PDC2022 online workshop

We are really excited to be back soon at the biennial Participatory Design Conference (PDC2022 – online and in Newcastle, UK) with a new installation of a commoning and designing workshops, which we co-organize and host with a bunch of very interesting colleagues!

Click and visit here for all the info about Relationality, Commoning, and Designing, and consider joining us!

A pluriversal card-deck on commoning and design

On the 16th June we held the main and closing session of the Commoning Design and Designing Commons workshop for the Participatory Design Conference 2020.

PDC Workshop

Ahead of the session, we split into four groups of four people and, through some asynchronous collaboration, we started bringing up keywords inspired by each others’ position statements. On the 16th, a half day of collaborative brainstorming and writing took place supported by etherpad, onlyoffice, and our adaptation of Zoom’s “Breakout rooms” to allow virtual room hopping in a manner loosely inspired by the Open Space Technology method. We enriched and better delineated the content of what we called a pluriversal card deck on the topic of commoning and design, by building on those initial keywords.

Workshop artifactThe card deck includes definitions of terms and practices that populate commons discourse, as well as few concrete examples of commoning and PD initiatives in this area. We consider this card deck to be open and pluriversal because:

  • we will release it under permissive commons-oriented licenses, and we both aim and hope for a community of scholars, practitioners, commoners to use and continue contributing to such card deck even after the release of v1.0 🙂
  • it tries to represent the plurality of experiences, interpretations, definitions, and meanings that characterize commons and designing for the diverse group of workshop participants.

8.12.2020 UDATE: After some post-production work by the workshop organisers in order to polish the content and layout of the card-deck, as well as to decide the last practicalities with the workshop participants, we are happy to say that v2 of the Commoning Design Pluriversal card deck is out! More information here 🙂


Themes and participants – Commoning Design and Designing Commons workshop at PDC 2020

During the past weeks we have been busy advertising the workshop, reviewing the papers received, and finalizing the details of the remote/online workshop on Commoning Design and Designing Commons which will take place at the Participatory Design Conference 2020.

Now, we really look forward to engage in the discourse around commoning and participatory design with the scholars and practitioners who wrote us to be part of the workshop.

Check the following page, if you want to peek at the list of topics that will be the basis for our reflections and work: themes and participants!