What community? Facilitating awareness of community through playful triggers

Akama, Y and Ivanka, T 2010, 'What community? Facilitating awareness of community through playful triggers', in Keld Bodkier, Tone Bratteteig, Daria Loi, Toni Robertson (ed.) PDC 2010: Participation, The Challenge, New York, USA, November 29 - December 3 2010, pp. 11-20.


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Title What community? Facilitating awareness of community through playful triggers
Author(s) Akama, Y
Ivanka, T
Year 2010
Conference name Participation: The Challenge, Participatory Design Conference 2010
Conference location New York, USA
Conference dates November 29 - December 3 2010
Proceedings title PDC 2010: Participation, The Challenge
Editor(s) Keld Bodkier, Tone Bratteteig, Daria Loi, Toni Robertson
Publisher ACM
Place of publication New York, USA
Start page 11
End page 20
Total pages 10
Abstract Notions of 'community' are still taken for granted in Participatory Design discourse, omitting critical examination of how people participate in projects to achieve and evaluate community based participation and outcomes. This paper critically reflects on challenges and obstacles faced when using participatory design methods in engaging a 'community' on bushfire risk awareness. Bushfires are a critical and continuous threat to residents living in regional areas of Australia. Through this project, we identified a critical communication problem in bushfire awareness and preparation caused by 'fragmented' networks among a community of place. This fragmentation contributes to significant communication obstacles in community-level preparation for bushfires. This research explored participatory design 'scaffolds' to capture, share and visualise locally relevant knowledge vital in mitigating bushfire risks. These methods facilitated awareness and revealed tacit knowledge on who and what community is. Critical reflection of the project examines how such methods have the potential to facilitate the creation of sub-groups gathered around a common cause. And has also built understanding to avoid imagined notions of a community that can hide social heterogeneity.
Subjects Visual Communication Design (incl. Graphic Design)
Keyword(s) Visualisation
Playful Triggers
Design scaffolds
community empowerment
bushfire
participatory disaster risk assessment.
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