Tales of Institutioning and Commoning: Participatory Design Processes with a Strategic and Tactical Perspective

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  • Maurizio Teli, University of Trento, Italy
  • Marcus Foth, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland University of Technology QUT, Australia
  • Mariacristina Sciannamblo, AMARC (World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters) Europe
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  • Irina Anastasiu, Queensland University of Technology
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  • Peter Jeremy Lyle

With the concept of infrastructuring as a background for our reflections, this paper focuses on two complementary verbifications have entered the PD vocabulary: institutioning, which describes engagement with institutions, and commoning, which describes engagement with grassroots communities - and by extension alternative economic frameworks that challenge the status quo. We contribute to this discourse to reflect, theoretically, on themes emerging from the triad of relationships between designers, institutions, and grassroots communities. We do so presenting g, excerpts of our own PD work with institutions and grassroots communities. In this way, we present a nascent conceptual framework that offers analytical potential to promote pluralist understandings of PD scholarship and practices.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 16th Participatory Design Conference 2020
EditorsChiara Del Gaudio, Leonardo Parra-Agudelo, Rachel Clarke, Joanna Saad-Sulonen, Andrea Botero, Andrea Botero, Felipe Cesar Londono, Felipe Cesar Londono, Paula Andrea Escandon Suarez
Number of pages13
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication year2020
ISBN (Electronic)9781450377003
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event16th Participatory Design Conference: Participation(s) Otherwise, PDC 2020 - Manizales, Colombia
Duration: 15 Jun 202019 Jun 2020


Conference16th Participatory Design Conference: Participation(s) Otherwise, PDC 2020

    Research areas

  • Co-optation, Commoning, Entanglements, Institutioning, Intermediation

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