Design, Democracy and Participation: Exploring the Scandinavian Participatory Design Tradition
Lecture with Pelle Ehn, professor emeritus, School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University, Sweden.
What has it meant to be a collective designer (co-designer) during the last 100 years?
This lecture by Pelle Ehn gives an overview of how design practice and research has developed during the last 100 years. The viewpoint is from the Scandinavian School of Participatory Design.
The lecture was given to a group of students enrolled in the CoDesign — Design, Participation, Democracy course at Malmö University.
View the videos in the embedded players below, or in this YouTube playlist.
The full video is also available on the Internet Archive.
1:1 | prologue: 1918–1968
we are all bauhaus students
1:2 | first collective turn, or
a not quite revolutionary beginning
democracy at work (1970s)
2:1 | first design turn, or
an accidental designer
work oriented design (1980s)
2:2 | second collective turn
cooperative design of computer systems
critical computing (1990s)
3:1 | second design turn, or
not quite a creative class hero
a digital bauhaus (2000s)
3:2 | third collective turn, or
marginal and cosmopolitical design collectives
publics in the making (2010s)
A selection of authors, works and concepts addressed in the lecture:
- 50 Years after 50 Years of the Bauhaus 1968
- Video from Bauhaus exhibition in 1968
- Ulm School of Design
- The “acceptera” manifesto
- Kristen Nygaard
- Paulo Freire, Brazilian educator and philosopher, who wrote the book Pedagogy of the Oppressed
- Företagsstyrning och löntagarmakt
- Future Workshops: How to Create Desirable Futures, by Robert Jungk and Norbert Müllert
- The Reflective Practitioner: How professionals think in action, by Donald Schön
- Lucas: An alternative plan | Lucas plan documentary (1978) | Story of the Lucas Plan | The Lucas Plan: What can it tell us about democratising technology today?
- Lucy Suchman and Jean Lave
- Terry Winograd
- What Computers Can’t Do, by Hubert Dreyfus
- Manifesto for a digital Bauhaus
- The KLIV project | Ready-made-media-actions (Per-Anders Hillgren’s dissertation) | Socio-material mediations (Erling Björgvinsson’s dissertation)
- MEDEA Collaborative Media Initiative (the About page from January 2011)
- K3 PhD dissertations: Design in the space between stories (Anders Emilson) | Making Commons (Anna Seravalli) | Designing for Homo Explorens (Mads Høbye) | Patchworking publics-in-the-making (Åsa Ståhl and Kristina Lindström) | Transversal media practices (Kristoffer Gansing) | Material matters in co-designing (Mette Agger Eriksen) | Metamorphing (Per Linde)
- Malmö Living Labs | Living Lab Fabriken | Living Lab the Neighbourhood | Living Lab the Stage
- Making Futures (MIT Press 2014)
- Participatory Design for Learning (Routledge 2017), in which Pelle Ehn has written the chapter “Learning in Participatory Design As I Found It”
- Podcast: Eat Your Plastic-Munching Pests (It’s All In Your Head), with Åsa Ståhl and Kristina Lindström
See also this Social Design Tour video with Pelle Ehn.
And also another Social Design Tour video with Pelle Ehn, Per-Anders Hillgren, Anna Seravalli.