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Co-designing for common values: creating hybrid spaces to nurture autonomous cooperation

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  • Chiara Bassetti, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
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  • Mariacristina Sciannamblo, AMARC (World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters) Europe
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  • Peter Lyle
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  • Maurizio Teli, Aalborg University
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  • Stefano De Paoli, University of Abertay Dundee
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  • Antonella De Angeli, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

The paper concerns the development of digitally-mediated technologies that value social cooperation as a common good rather than as a source of revenue and accumulation. The paper discusses the activities that shaped a European participatory design project which aims to develop a digital space that promotes and facilitates the ‘Commonfare’, a complementary approach to social welfare. The paper provides and discusses concrete examples of design artifacts to address a key question about the role of co- and participatory design in developing hybrid spaces that nurture sharing and autonomous cooperation: how can co-design practices promote alternatives to the commodification of digitally-mediated cooperation? The paper argues for a need to focus on relational, social, political and ethical values, and highlights the potential power of co- and participatory design processes to achieve this. In summary, the paper proposes that only by re-asserting the centrality of shared values and capacities, rather than individual needs or problems, co-design can reposition itself thereby encouraging autonomous cooperation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)256-271
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019

    Research areas

  • Europe, participatory design, platform capitalism, platform cooperativism, Public design, values

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