Co-designing for common values: creating hybrid spaces to nurture autonomous cooperation

Chiara Bassetti, Mariacristina Sciannamblo, Peter Lyle, Maurizio Teli, Stefano De Paoli, Antonella De Angeli

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    This paper concerns the development of digitally-mediated technologies that value social cooperation as a common good rather than as a source of revenue and accumulation. The paper discusses the activities that shaped a European participatory design project which aims to develop a digital space that promotes and facilitates the ‘Commonfare’, a complementary approach to social welfare. The paper provides and discusses concrete examples of design artifacts to address a key question about the role of co- and participatory design in developing hybrid spaces that nurture sharing and autonomous cooperation: how can co-design practices promote alternatives to the commodification of digitally-mediated cooperation? The paper argues for a need to focus on relational, social, political and ethical values, and highlights the potential power of co- and participatory design processes to achieve this. In summary, the paper proposes that only by re-asserting the centrality of shared values and capacities, rather than individual needs or problems, co-design can reposition itself thereby encouraging autonomous cooperation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)256-271
    Number of pages16
    Issue number3
    Early online date26 Jul 2019
    Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2019


    • Public design
    • Values
    • Europe
    • Platform capitalism
    • Platform cooperativism
    • Participatory design


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