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Infrastructuring the Solidarity Economy: Unpacking Strategies and Tactics in Designing Social Innovation

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Vasilis Vlachokyriakos, Dr Clara Crivellaro, Emeritus Professor Pete Wright, Professor Patrick OlivierORCiD



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© 2018 Copyright is held by the owner/author(s). Solidarity organizations in Europe are committed to building a more socially just society through a better configuration of democracy, politics and economy. In this paper, we describe our efforts to contribute to the sociopolitical designed innovation of solidarity movements through the establishment of a research lab embedded in, and operating within, the solidarity economy. We describe three cases that span the polarities of everyday and expert design, and contribute to the scaling out of social innovations. We use these cases to exemplify the strategies and tactics that emerge from the ongoing negotiation of'infrastructuring' work with solidarity organizations. Finally, we discuss how guerilla infrastructuring, designing coalitions, and spanning design polarities can contribute to HCI and design for social innovation more generally.

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Author(s): Vlachokyriakos V, Crivellaro C, Wright P, Olivier P

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '18)

Year of Conference: 2018

Pages: 481

Online publication date: 21/04/2018

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

Date deposited: 27/06/2018

Publisher: ACM


DOI: 10.1145/3173574.3174055

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ISBN: 9781450356206