#RGCS2018 Second RGCS international symposium in London aboutCoworkers, Makers & Hackers: True Opportunities to Renew Work Practices and Entrepreneurship?“.

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Our keynote speakers will be:
  • Alison Powell (LSE, London) for a talk called “The Ethics of Radically Open Collaboration: Data Walking” alison new headshotAs we collectively confront massive, complex challenges that influence our social beliefs and practices (including climate change, political populist movements and a general disavowal of expertise) it is important for researchers who study collaboration to bring these methods into broader public use. I will be speaking this morning about my ‘Data Walking’ creative research practice. This is a flexible process that allows communities to collaboratively investigate ‘matters of concern,’ especially those that involve the infrastructures and practices of digital information collection. I describe how this collaborative knowledge production process developed, and why it’s important to investigate practical opportunities for collaborative knowledge production that reach people and the places that they care about. I link this process to my broader research on the ethics of technology production to open out a discussion on the ethics of collaboration.
  • Yrjö Engeström (CRADLE, Helsinki) for a talk called “The dialectics of collaboration”. engestrom The nature of collaboration is dependent on the of cultural and historical characteristics of the activities in which the collaboration evolves. One prominent way to differentiate between types of collaboration is the notion of weak vs. strong ties (Granovetter, 1973). This notion is built on a linear and dichotomous view of collaboration. I will argue that instead of linear and dichotomous notions, we need to understand collaboration dialectically, as a dynamic and inherently contradictory phenomenon. To accomplish this, I suggest a framework in which types of collaboration are differentiated with the help of two dimensions, namely the nature of the object and the nature of the dominant instrumentality. I will apply this framework to examine types of and dynamic transitions in collaboration in social movements (macro scale) and in patient-caregiver interactions (micro scale). In conclusion, I will discuss emerging types of collaboration in fluid contexts, putting forward the concepts of knotworking, mycorrhizae, and heterogeneous work coalitions.
  • Mikko Koria (Loughborough University London) mikko-koria-newfor a talk called “Designing
    Collaboration: Wicked Challenges
    Design is about rearranging today for a better tomorrow, calling on creative collaboration and co-creation to discover, define, develop and deliver value for users, organisations, ecosystems and society at large. Design declares itself inherently optimistic, future-oriented, and value adding, and expects to achieve deep understandings of human desire. However, in moving from tangible artefacts and physical space into services, operational/business models, or novel (eco)systems, it wonders into immaterial territories where the relationship between the good solution and (often unintended) abject harm is not clear. Creative collaboration, co-creation and related spaces is one such area. This talk examines designing multi-actor collaboration for African school children. It is a story of idealized intended collaborative sharing turning into practical partial optimization and transactional relational modes; a wicked challenge by design.
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