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Collaborative Future Making

9780262027939_0Prof. Pelle Ehn from Malmö University gave a Masterclass at the University of Twente about the latest advances in his research group from the 2nd of February to the 17th of April of 2015. This course was based on a book called Making Futures. Frederick assisted Prof. Ehn and delivered two lectures on representing social contradictions.

This “master class” is an introduction to the participatory design tradition. This 5-ECTS Masterclass is open to PhD students and advanced Master students from all disciplines who are interested in collaborative and participatory design of products and services. The main focus is on inquiries into contemporary societal and theoretical challenges, especially issues concerning innovation, design and democracy. As a background the genealogy of participatory design will be outlined.

The following themes will be introduced:

  • introduction: making futures – innovation, design and democracy
  • the genealogy of the participatory design tradition
  • “design things” and “democratic design experiments”
  • social innovation and governance from below
  • opening production and making commons
  • collaborative cultural production
  • publics and democratic space

The course will be conducted through lectures and seminars. In addition participants will in teams engage in a “democratic design experiment” around a societal challenge or matter of concern. Their engagement with this concern they will bring to a collaborative assembly, a “design thing”, where their “democratic design experiment” will collaboratively be explored with the other participants.

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