Between empowerment and exploitation : PD ethics in the era of participation

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Publication Article, other scientific
Title Between empowerment and exploitation : PD ethics in the era of participation
Author Linde, Per ; Seravalli, Anna
Date 2018
English abstract
When addressing societal change and civic engagement, the idea of participatory culture as a cultivator of issue formation and collaborative engagement has, for a long time, been a foundational aspect of participatory design (henceforth co-design). It has also been a vivid and dynamic topic of discussion in this Interactions forum. We have observed the ways in which the problems and issues that design aims to address are becoming increasingly challenging to formulate in projects. This is because the participating sets of stakeholders most often are quite diverse and have conflicting agendas and interests. To address this complexity, participation is becoming a widespread approach in traditional innovation processes and in processes aiming for societal change. The era of participation carries both promises of empowerment as well as risks of exploitation. We argue that co-designers engaging with participatory processes need to pay particular attention to ethical concerns regarding representation, accountability, tradition and transcendence, and mutual learning.
DOI https://doi.org/1072-5520 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher ACM
Host/Issue Interactions;6
Volume 25
ISSN 1072-5520
Pages 70-73
Language eng (iso)
Subject participatory design
ethics
co-design
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS
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