Practices of Readiness: Punctuation, Poise and the Contingencies of Participatory Design

Akama, Y and Light, A 2018, 'Practices of Readiness: Punctuation, Poise and the Contingencies of Participatory Design', in PDC '18: Proceedings of the 15th Participatory Design Conference - Volume 1 , Hasselt and Genk, Belgium, 20-24 August 2018, pp. 1-12.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Practices of Readiness: Punctuation, Poise and the Contingencies of Participatory Design
Author(s) Akama, Y
Light, A
Year 2018
Conference name Participatory Design Conference
Conference location Hasselt and Genk, Belgium
Conference dates 20-24 August 2018
Proceedings title PDC '18: Proceedings of the 15th Participatory Design Conference - Volume 1 
Publisher ACM
Place of publication New York, United States
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Abstract How do we ready ourselves to intervene responsively in the contingent situations that arise in co-designing to make change? How do we attune to group dynamics and respond ethically to unpredictable developments when working with 'community'? Participatory Design (PD) can contribute to social transitions, yet its focus is often tightly tuned to technique for designing ICT at the cost of participatory practice. We challenge PD conventions by addressing what happens as we step into a situation to alter it with others, an aspect of practice that cannot be replicated or interchanged. We do so to argue that practices of readiness are constituted by personal histories, experiences, philosophies and culture. We demonstrate this political argument by giving reflexive accounts of our dimensions of preparation. The narratives here are distinct, yet reveal complementary theories and worldviews that shape PD ontologies. We have organized these around the qualities of punctuation and poise as a way to draw out some less easily articulated aspects of PD practice.
Subjects Design Innovation
Keyword(s) Readiness
punctuation
poise
feminist theory
phenomenology
Japanese philosophy
sociodrama.
DOI - identifier 10.1145/3210586.3210594
Copyright notice © 2018 Copyright is held by the owner/author(s). Publication rights licensed to ACM
ISBN 9781450363716
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