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W2: Collective Consciousness. What could this mean and how do we research and design (with) it?

Sem 126, Gußhausstr. 28-30, 1st Floor, Room: FB0113

What is it like to be experiencing a socio-technical system? Do socio-technical communities share a sense of what is it like to be experiencing their system? What is it that influences our collective experiencing? Such questions have been explicitly and implicitly addressed in a wide range of domains (e.g. experience design, value sensitive design, critical pedagogy, philosophy of technology) via a multitude of concepts (e.g. affordance, technical mediation). We like to develop language that helps in drawing those strands together; language to discuss how different socio-technical systems mediate different experiences and foster different collective and personal developments. This workshop explores the possibility that collective consciousness exists and that it is a critical design consideration. It is the first step towards an emerging research community that problematises aspects related to collective consciousness. For more information, please visit: https://forms.gle/YeJcDP585Sjsi51YA

Wednesday 5 June 2019

People

Organisers

  • Philipp Grunewald - Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London, London, UK
  • Paul Buchana - Kigali Collaborative Research Center, Kigali, Rwanda
  • Anna De Liddo - Knowledge Media Institute, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
  • Shadrock Roberts - Ushahidi, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Mark Hedges - Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London, London, UK

Participants

Saturday 1 June 2019

Activities

  • Discussing cases
  • Participatory clustering / themes
  • Dialogue mapping: what do we mean by collective consciousness?
  • Feedback to the group
  • Discussing methodologies
  • Participator y clustering / themes (post-workshop plans)
  • Design practice to develop concept map of collective consciousness and design
  • Ideation session on post-workshop plans and community building

Anna De Liddo leading the concept mapping activities of the collective consciousness workshop

Anna De Liddo leading the concept mapping activities of the collective consciousness workshop

Ideas for the design of digital technologies to foster collective consciousness

ideas for the design of digital technologies to foster collective consciousness

Concept mapping the design processes that enhance collective consciousness

Concept mapping the design processes that enhance collective consciousness

How could designers relate to collective consciousness?

How could designers relate to collective consciousness?

Wednesday 5 June 2019

Outcomes

Collective consciousness is a concept without established definition. However, we learned that people in the C&T community see opportunities to use it to draw together different streams of work. It will allow us to present a coherent picture about how sociotechnical systems embody values, emotions, capacities of individuals and groups and condition us (as individuals) in powerful ways. So powerful in fact that, by mediating our experiences, the sociotechnical systems we are part of impact who we are (inside and outside of those systems). As “users”, sometimes we are conscious of those changes but often we are not conscious of the ways in which our environments change us. Participants made a commitment to continuous exploration of the concept and are aiming at publishing on the topic. Anyone interested in this conversation can get in touch with Philipp.grunewald@kcl.ac.uk who will facilitate collaboration moving forward.

Workshop minutes available via Google docs - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1h6oB6_g0rq2F-KCMp7OVWmB9fP2VuR3dn2G1f0fUzx4

Wednesday 5 June 2019