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Designing Alternative Systems for Local Communities
Workshop at ACM CHI 2015 Conference, Seoul, Korea

Submission deadline: 19th January 2015
Notifications: 20th February 2015
Full details:
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Alternative systems ranging from self-organized skill sharing to alternative micro-economies have been critical channels of community engagement and bonding. Technology is increasingly playing a role in the way people connect to these services at the (hyper)local level. While there hasbeen considerable research on designing technology to support conventional,established systems of community organization and governance; mobile and ubiquitous technologies offer strong potential for alternative systems to be established in the local level.

In this two-day workshop, we intend to explore the role of technology in supporting alternative local systems of community self-organization. The organization of the workshop will be open to its participants, taking a participatory, co-design approach to define the goals, objectives and outcomes.

We invite researchers, activists and practitioners from the fields of citizen science, maker communities, DIY electronics and design for activism to submit either a stance on the topic, a description of a prior bottom-up civic engagement or alternative systems-related project formatted as a position paper (2-4 pages in the ACM Extended Abstract Format<>), video (up to 5 minutes max) or poster (A1 poster). We especially invite submissions exploring the themes of designingalternative systems for decision-making and democracy; science and education; and commerce. More specifically:

1) Decision-making and Democracy: How could situated community-led technological innovations support an alternative model of democracy?

2) Science and Education: How can self-organized learning apprentices replace/complement conventional top-down learning practices andcitizen science models?

3) Commerce: How can HCI research contribute towards a less capitalistic model of commerce?

Additionally, to allow attendees to be involved in defining the goals of the workshop, a one-page workshop proposal, outlining desired goals and outcomes, and a suggested plan or activities, should be also submitted (see this workshop’s proposal<> as an example).

Please send your submission and workshop proposal to [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>. Please note that the reviewing system of submissions for this workshop will be open and involve each submitting author, as well as the programme committee members, to review and rate at least another submission. The reviews and reviewing process will bepublicly available on the workshop site.  At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the workshop and one or more days of the conference.

For more information, please visit:<>


Vasilis Vlachokyriakos, Newcastle University’s Culture Lab
Clara Crivellaro , Newcastle University’s Culture Lab
Rob Comber, Newcastle University’s Culture Lab
Nick Taylor, University of Dundee
Stacey Kuznetsov, Arizona StateUniversity
Andrea Kavanaugh, Virginia Polytechnic institute and State University Christopher A. Le Dantec, Georgia Institute of Technology
B. Joon Kim, Kookmin University
Vasilis Vlachokyriakos
Digital Interaction, Culture Lab
Newcastle University
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