[Air-L] Collaborative Economies – From Sharing to Caring - Workshop at Communities & Technology 2017

Stefano De Paoli stefano.depaoli at gmail.com
Sat Apr 8 08:37:43 PDT 2017


Please consider to submit a short position paper (800 words) by the 24th of
April to the following workshop (https://collaborativeeconomiesworkshop
.wordpress.com/)  co-located at the Communities & Technology 2017
conference. The position papers will be sent as PDFs  via email to Peter
Lyle <peter.lyle at m-iti.org> *before 5pm GMT on 24 April 2017* :
About the Workshop

This workshop is organised in conjunction with the Communities and
Technologies 2017  <http://comtech.community/>conference.
Digital platforms, often labeled as part of the “sharing economy”, are
becoming increasingly relevant to both the daily lives of private
individuals, and to researchers. As these tools are transforming various
communities (of interest, place, practice and circumstance) to establish
new forms of connection, welfare, labour and service, there emerge
fundamental questions around the perils of creation and use. In response to
this disruptive trend, this workshop brings together perspectives and cases
from researchers and practitioners across various disciplines to
interrogate how different form of collaborative economy might be imagined
and created based on the ethics and logic of care as an answer to these

This workshop will serve as an open and active forum for participants of up
to 20 practitioners, designers, and researchers involved in related fields.
We welcome all methodological, practical, and speculative approaches to
considering the relations between sharing, caring and collaborative
economy. Key topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

·         Platform cooperativism

·         Environmental sustainability and ecological concerns;
(such as Ethnography after Human Exceptionalism
, Hacker Farm
<http://makery.info/en/2015/08/11/hacker-farm-bricoder-dans-%20le-bled/> and
 Food Connect <http://foodconnect.com.au/>)

·         Peer-to-peer learning and production (such as Mothership
Hackermoms <http://mothership.hackermoms.org/>, Coder Dojo
<http://coderdojo.com/> and Free Software <http://fsf.org/>);

·         Citizen science (e.g. Quantum Moves

·         Related social, political, cultural, and health domains and
implications (including issues around rising precarity, homelessness,
self-care and mutual aid);

·         Initiatives calling for digital social innovation and design for
change (such as CAPS projects <http://capssi.eu/caps-projects>, the
DESIS network <http://desisnetwork.org/> or the  Enabling the Future
<http://enablingthefuture.org/> network);

·         Digital currencies and finance, (e.g. Freecoin

The workshop has the following *goals*:

1.       To create a space for discussion about new and ongoing work in the
field, and open up debates about the direction of research and practice
across diverse fields related to collaborative economy.

2.       To bring together researchers and practitioners in related fields
to identify current challenges around the sharing economy and reflect
critically on what could be done to resist these trends.

3.       To discuss existing cases or examples of communities,
technologies, and practices directed at facilitating a sharing caring

4.       To reflect critically on questions involved in the design of
technologies with and for care, to build more just and livable futures.

As a follow up to the workshop, we aim to produce an edited publication
(journal special issue), to which participants will be invited to submit a
full paper. Discussions have begun with *CoDesign: International Journal of
CoCreation in Design and the Arts*.

*Important dates:*

·         24 April 2017 – deadline for submitting position papers

·         28 April 2017 – communication of acceptance

·         5 May 2017 – early bird registration rate ends

·         26  June 2017 – workshop


We will include a maximum of 20 participants. Interested participants
should submit 800 word position papers to the organisers, outlining the

·         Your current research and/or practice, including any existing
work in this area, from old sharing and caring traditions to explorations
of the potential futures of this domain;

·         A brief biography of each contributor; and

·         What you would like to gain from/bring to the workshop.

Participants will be selected to ensure overall disciplinary and
geo-cultural diversity.

The position papers will be sent as PDFs  via email to Peter
Lyle <peter.lyle at m-iti.org> *before 5pm GMT on 24 April 2017*.

The authors accepted for the workshop will be notified on the 28th of April
Workshop Organisers
Gabriela Avram, University of Limerick
Jaz Choi, Queensland University of Technology
Stefano De Paoli, Abertay University
Ann Light, University of Sussex
Peter Lyle, Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute
Maurizio Teli, Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute

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