PDC2020 features 12 workshops that actively engage participants in different and novel types of activities and themes. Some of them seek contributions from interested participants while others might be open for all.  Following up on PDC2020 coronavirus (2019-nCoV) general contingency plan, the specific arrangements and delivery of workshops will undergo some changes. Check all info and instructions at the workshop’s own websites.

Workshops usually take place 2 days before the main conference (15 and 16. 6) in sessions of half-day or full-day, again this details will depend in the online first changes that are being implemented. There might be slight modifications to this program before the final version is published online in April 2020.

Chairs: Andres Lucero (Aalto University – FIN), Giacomo Poderi (IT University of Copenhagen – DNK), Liliana Villescas ( Universidad de Caldas – COL), Diana Duque (Parsons The New School – USA)

Workshops Day 1 ( Monday 15th of June)

W1 – Data Walking

Hunter, David

Keywords: Walking, Place, Data, Visualisation, Education

Data Walking is an ongoing research project exploring the potential of walking to gather data on the urban environment and then through multiple walks and visualisations build a rich picture of that area, acknowledging the plural understandings and experiences of the urban environment.

The project examines technology and tools for creative data gathering and experimenting with data visualisation, gain insight, and share knowledge, supporting civic participation and enquiry. Data Walking aims to engage participants on issues relevant to our communities, and empower those communities with new skills and tools to create new knowledge and new tools.

In this workshop we will explore the host city, Manizales. Participants will define themes, establish data gathering techniques, walk the city gathering data, and then learn how to create interactive online data-driven maps. Through multiple participants and perspectives we aim to build multiple and diverse understandings of the urban environment we walked


W2 – Multi-Cultural Human-Drone Interaction Workshop

Cauchard, Jessica R.; Wojciechowska, Anna; Lucero, Andres

Keywords: Multi-cultural, human-drone interaction, social robotics, participatory design, prototyping

This hands-on workshop brings together researchers and practitioners to discuss the cultural aspects of Human-Drone Interaction design. An increasing body of work shows that the one-fits-all model of interaction might be obsolete, especially when considering natural interactions where people use gesture and voice that are culturally dependent. In the first part of the workshop, each attendee will present their accepted position paper on the topic. As a group, we will discuss ideas around social drone designs and leverage everyone’s expertise to discuss cultural aspects when designing effective and enjoyable interactions. We encourage the exchange of research results and ideas for future research attempts. The second part of the workshop will be a hands-on activity involving a participatory design task for human-drone interaction. The workshop goal is to develop a road-map for cross cultural interactions with drones.


W3 – ‘Thinking with’ care in PD: Toward generating research programs and practices to foster ‘participations otherwise’

Salamanca, Juan; Geppert, Amanda

Keywords: Participatory design, matters of care, multiplicities, visual analytics, generativity

In this hands-on, full-day, exploratory workshop, participants will map the ‘matters of care’ that participatory design (PD) researchers and practitioners prioritize and the methodologies they use to generate care. In the context of diverse interpretations of the PDC’20 theme ‘participations otherwise,’ workshop participants will collaboratively draft cartographies of care using the Responsible Innovation Model. As an interactive and customizable visualization tool developed by Salamanca, Briggs, and Mercer (2019), the model will allow workshop teams to describe potential, multidimensional design research programs concerned with generating care. The resulting cartographies will illuminate: (1) the issues and ways the PD community is caring for ‘neglected things’; and, (2) the degree to which methodological approaches support the tenets of PD processes: having a say (not just a voice), mutual learning, and co-realization. Following the conference, workshop organizers will release a revised and extended interactive model to the PD community, and the design community at-large, as an open tool for embracing the ethos of care. This new model’s version will include a library of the ‘cartographies of care’ elaborated by the participants.


W4 – Participation otherwise: practices by/from the Global South

Szaniecki, Bárbara; Serpa, Bibiana; Portela, Imaíra; Sirito, Marina; Silva, Sâmia; Anastassakis, Zoy; Costard, Mariana.

Keywords: Design, participation, global south, autonomy.

In response to Arturo Escobar’s invitation to design new worlds, it is fundamental to map forms of participation often silenced by hegemonic practices of participatory design (PD). In this full day interactive workshop, we hope to map practices of Participatory Design Otherwise, and reflect about what is meant by participation of the Global South, especially Latin America. Our intention is to make visible the nature and territoriality of these ways of doing. Understanding that this event will be held for the first time in Latin America, we seek a theoretical alignment with Latin American thinkers, running this workshop based on the techniques and methods of Theatre of the Oppressed, developed by Augusto Boal. We will also use references inspired by black and indigenous ancestry, as the “Pedagogia das Encruzilhadas (the Pedagogy of the Crossroads) and the “Pedagogia do Parente” (Relative’s Pedagogy). As indigenous leader Ailton Krenak says, we need to “postponing the end of the world” by nurturing our subjectivities and expand our horizons to other creativities and narratives. That’s what we expect to see in this rich encounter.


W5 – Computing Professionals for Social Responsibility: The Past, Present and Future Values of Participatory Design

Becker, Christoph; Light, Ann; Frauenberger, Chris; Walker, Dawn; Palacin, Victoria; Ahmed, Syed Ishtiaque; Smith, Rachel Charlotte; Reynolds-Cuellar, Pedro; Nemer, David

Keywords: values; social responsibility; values in design; values-led participatory design; CPSR

Values play a central role in technology design. But beyond acknowledging the politics of technology, questions remain around where those values are coming from, which values we need, and how they play out and shape the socio-technical systems we create. New challenges such as the climate crisis and societal polarization call for technologists to become part of the public and political arena. This results in a new sense of responsibility, but the closing of CPSR, the Computing Professionals for Social Responsibility, has left a gap. Today, across tech workers, academics and computing professionals, there is a renewed sense of urgency for engaging the public and politics to change course in how computing is shaping society. How should a CPSR for the 21st century look like? This interactive workshop aims to re-invigorate the debate around values and social responsibility in Participatory Design with special attention to the Latin American context.


W6 – Open Participatory Design and Digital Tools for Inclusive & Resilient Development

Giffinger, Rudolf; Sanchez Guzman, Santiago; Parra Agudelo, Leonardo; Bogadi, Antonija

Keywords: Open participatory design; Inclusive and resilient development; Urban Living Lab

This workshop explores how open participatory design processes and digital tools can be effectively used for making local and urban development more inclusive and resilient. During the one-day event, participants will be invited to reflect on the impacts of global socio-ecological dynamics in local contexts and on how open participatory design processes, as urban living labs, can stimulate bottom-up inclusive participation and community agency, contributing with more sustainable and resilient development processes. Additionally, the workshop will discuss also the role of digital tools in supporting community based inclusive development and capacity building. The Workshop’s dynamic is based on co-creation methods that will stimulate participants to write their ideas together in structured abstracts that will be developed after the event for an international publication on Resilient Development and Digital Transformations.


Workshop day 2 (Tuesday 16th of June)

W7 – Decolonising Participatory Design Practices: Towards Participations Otherwise

Smith, Rachel Charlotte; Winschiers-Theophilus, Heike; Loi, Daria; Kambunga, Asnath; Samuel, Marly Muudeni

Keywords: Decolonisation; epistemology, methodology, transdisciplinary, transcultural

Participatory Design (PD) approaches seem particularly well-suited to contribute to contemporary debates of decolonisation in design due to PD’s long-standing political traditions and values of democracy and empowerment. Decolonising discourses teach us that we need to move away from the universalising ‘grand narratives’ of knowledge production and focus on contextualising diverse people, epistemologies and modes of knowledge production. Yet, many contributions that point to decolonising PD argue for its theoretical relevance without demonstrating what a shift towards decolonisation means in practice.This interactive workshop will invigorate the gap in PD debates of decolonisation by bringing together and demonstrating how participatory designers in diverse global contexts are working with and adapting modes, concepts, methodologies and sensibilities of PD into decolonising practices. These practices not only create new shifts and worldviews, but have potential for developing truly transcultural and transdisciplinary PD approaches.


W8 – Designing for Self-determination: Making Futures Without Policing (Half day WS)

Gerber, Alix; Hegel, Christine

Keywords: Design, politics, prototyping, social justice, pluriverse

Designing for Self-determination: Making Futures Without Policing This workshop examines the potential opportunities and dangers of using a design approach within grassroots movements that are building alternative social structures. Workshop participants will investigate possibilities and limitations of design as a way of thinking by practicing the practice, in the context of designing for alternatives to policing. Working in small groups, participants will build on community-based precedents to prototype tools and technologies that could replace a call to police in response to a threat. Then, we will draw from our collective experience to discuss and debate what design might or might not offer in this context. Designers claim to be able to shape future ways-of-being by designing artifacts that invite new socio-material interactions. Yet, design is only one way to create the future. Does design inherently produce static, blueprinted ways-of-being? Is it possible to design within systems that are relational, cooperative, and dynamic? How might designing objects help community organizers reckon with the tools and technologies of existing infrastructures and develop lateral solutions?


W9 – Commoning design and designing commons

Botero, Andrea; Marttila, Sanna; Poderi, Giacomo; Saad-Sulonen, Joanna; Seravalli, Anna; Teli, Maurizio; van Amstel, Frederick M.

Keywords: commons, commons design, commoning, collaborative design

This workshop explores the relevance of the notion of commons as an objective, and commoning as a way of doing and being for design. We invite the PD community to reflect on ways in which these concepts help us critically protect and support sustainable futures for communities of humans and non-humans. How can participatory design remain open to multiple ways of sharing and different worldviews? What would it mean for the participatory design community in terms of challenging established notions such as participation, facilitation, empowerment, to name but a few? How can participatory design contribute further to theoretical elaboration and activist practices?


W10 – Cooperativism for Social Justice and Environmental Protection

de Castro Leal, Debora; Clark, Colin; Krueger, Max; Basman, Antranig; Shahi, Sepideh; Bustamante Duarte, Ana María; Salazar González, Andrés; Perez Molano, Hernan; Wulf, Volker1

Keywords: cooperatives, fair work, social justice, environmental conservation

Fair work, social justice and concern for the environment are often interrelated in complex ways—especially for rural, agricultural and indigenous communities. Cooperatives have been proposed as one way to equitably address these concerns, while also preserving vital expertise such as indigenous knowledge about environmental protection. While cooperatives share many values with Participatory Design, the combination of these topics, and the design practices that support them, remains under-explored. In this workshop, we will bring together community members, practitioners and scholars to identify shared challenges and needs, and to establish an ongoing network of participants who will explore these challenges cooperatively.


W11 – The Underlying Paths of Participation

Alzate, Catalina

Keywords: Participation, Design, Feminism, Pedagogy, Reflexivity, Positionality.

This interactive workshop aims at exploring the theme of PDC 2020: “Participation(s) otherwise”. “The underlying paths of participation” refers to a shift of attention from engagement with communities in participatory design, to the inward space of the designer or researcher. In doing so, this encounter will explore different meanings of participation and design from varied lived experiences of design students and practitioners. The workshop bridges knowledge in the creative practices with feminist research and action, specifically focusing on notions of reflexivity and positionality. Participants will discuss, reflect and materialize their ideas in the form of an accordion book and an exhibition of the same at the end of the session. As a feminist and political practice, the session will bring together different forms of knowledge that are usually restricted from academic publishing, as memory, feelings, craft and body expression. Students with at least one experience in participatory projects are welcome to attend! The workshop will be held in English and Spanish.


W12 – Can you see the commons? The Sense Weaver: visually-driven sense-making. (half day WS)

Tonolli, Linda; D’Andrea, Vincenzo

Keywords: commons, participatory visual methods, sense weaver, sense-making

In this workshop, we propose the Sense Weaver, a workshop format that engages participation by means of visualization and storytelling, for weaving together the different perspectives of the participants. Our first goal is to practice the Sense Weaver for conceptualizing and envisioning the commons with the workshop participants. The second goal is to involve the participants in revising and adapting the Sense Weaver to the various context of use, to reflect on concepts in a non-academic way, with a citizen audience. The last goal is to start, during the workshop, the formation of a community of practitioners, supported by the creation of an online repository with the visual material (images) collected at each workshop edition. We welcome academic scholars, students, practitioners, and activists. We will accommodate as many languages as possible, starting with English, Spanish, and Portuguese.