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Making Futures

Marginal Notes on Innovation, Design, and Democracy · The MIT Press

by Pelle Ehn Editor · Elisabet M. Nilsson Editor

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Experiments in innovation, design, and democracy that search not for a killer app but for a collaboratively created sustainable future.

Innovation and design need not be about the search for a killer app. Innovation and design can start in people's everyday activities. They can encompass local services, cultural production, arenas for public discourse, or technological platforms. The approach is participatory, collaborative, and engaging, with users and consumers acting as producers and creators. It is concerned less with making new things than with making a socially sustainable future. This book describes experiments in innovation, design, and democracy, undertaken largely by grassroots organizations, non-governmental organizations, and multi-ethnic working-class neighborhoods.

These stories challenge the dominant perception of what constitutes successful innovations. They recount efforts at social innovation, opening the production process, challenging the creative class, and expanding the public sphere. The wide range of cases considered include a collective of immigrant women who perform collaborative services, the development of an open-hardware movement, grassroots journalism, and hip-hop performances on city buses. They point to the possibility of democratized innovation that goes beyond solo entrepreneurship and crowdsourcing in the service of corporations to include multiple futures imagined and made locally by often-marginalized publics.

Contributors
Måns Adler, Erling Björgvinsson, Karin Book, David Cuartielles, Pelle Ehn, Anders Emilson, Per-Anders Hillgren, Mads Hobye, Michael Krona, Per Linde, Kristina Lindström, Sanna Marttila, Elisabet M. Nilsson, Anna Seravalli, Pernilla Severson, Åsa Ståhl, Lucy Suchman, Richard Topgaard, Laura Watts

Publication Details

Publisher:
The MIT Press
Publication Date:
2014
Series:
The MIT Press

Format

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Pelle Ehn (Editor)

Pelle Ehn has been a member of the participatory design research community for many years. He is a coauthor of Work-Oriented Design of Computer Artifacts, Design Things (MIT Press), and other books. Ehn, Topgaard, and Nilsson are part of Malmö Uni...

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Pelle Ehn (Contributor)

Pelle Ehn has been a member of the participatory design research community for many years. He is a coauthor of Work-Oriented Design of Computer Artifacts, Design Things (MIT Press), and other books. Ehn, Topgaard, and Nilsson are part of Malmö Uni...

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Elisabet M. Nilsson (Editor)

Elisabet Nilsson is a media, games, and learning researcher. Topgaard and Nilsson coedited Prototyping Futures. Ehn, Topgaard, and Nilsson are part of Malmö University's "digital Bauhaus."

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Elisabet M. Nilsson (Contributor)

Elisabet Nilsson is a media, games, and learning researcher. Topgaard and Nilsson coedited Prototyping Futures. Ehn, Topgaard, and Nilsson are part of Malmö University's "digital Bauhaus."

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Richard Topgaard (Editor)

Richard Topgaard is a digital media strategist. Topgaard and Nilsson coedited Prototyping Futures. Ehn, Topgaard, and Nilsson are part of Malmö University's "digital Bauhaus."

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Richard Topgaard (Contributor)

Richard Topgaard is a digital media strategist. Topgaard and Nilsson coedited Prototyping Futures. Ehn, Topgaard, and Nilsson are part of Malmö University's "digital Bauhaus."

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Anders Emilson (Contributor)

Per Linde is a Researcher at Malmö University. Ina Wagner is Professor at the Institute for Technology Assessment and Design.

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Per-Anders Hillgren (Contributor)

Laura Watts is a poet, writer, ethnographer of futures, and Interdisciplinary Senior Lecturer in Energy and Society iin the School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh. As a science and technology studies scholar she has explored the effe...

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Creators

Editor :
Pelle Ehn
Contributor :
Pelle Ehn
Editor :
Elisabet M. Nilsson
Contributor :
Elisabet M. Nilsson
Editor :
Richard Topgaard
Contributor :
Richard Topgaard
Contributor :
Per Linde
Contributor :
Anders Emilson
Contributor :
Per-Anders Hillgren
Contributor :
Anna Seravalli
Contributor :
Sanna Marttila
Contributor :
Mads Hobye
Contributor :
David Cuartielles
Contributor :
Erling Björgvinsson
Contributor :
Pernilla Severson
Contributor :
Karin Book
Contributor :
Kristina Lindström
Contributor :
Åsa Ståhl
Contributor :
Michael Krona
Contributor :
Måns Adler
Contributor :
Laura Watts
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