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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:34:04 +0100
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Collaborative Economies: From Sharing to Caring

Workshop at Communities and Technologies 2017 (http://comtech.communities)

26 (or 27) June 2017, Troyes, France

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 forms 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 - 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 the 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
   and Food Connect <>);

   Peer-to-peer learning and production (such as Mothership Hackermoms
   <>, Coder Dojo <>
   and Free Software <>);

   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 <>, the DESIS
   network <> or the Enabling the Future
   <> network);

   Digital currencies and finance, (e.g. Freecoin <>).

We are aiming 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.

   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.

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

   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), considering some of the workshop contributions in
extended form. Discussions have begun with CoDesign: International Journal
of CoCreation in Design and the Arts.

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


   A brief biography of each contributor, touching on their 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; and

   What would they 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> before 5pm GMT on 24 April 2017.

For more details, check the workshop website: https://collaborativeeconomies

<>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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