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:
Environmental sustainability and ecological concerns (such as Ethnography
after Human Exceptionalism
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
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
Digital currencies and finance, (e.g. Freecoin <http://freecoin.ch/>).
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
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.
For more details, check the workshop website: https://collaborativeeconomies
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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