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Learning Communities Aalto Design Laitio


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Researcher Tommi Laitio´s lecture on communities at Aalto University 29 August 2012.

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Learning Communities Aalto Design Laitio

  1. 1. learningcommunitiesTommi LaitioDemos HelsinkiIntroduction to Joint Master´s StudiesAalto University, Department of Design29/8/2012
  2. 2. you have 2 minutes.list all the groups you belong to.
  3. 3. Residents of Helsinki
  4. 4. Men Women
  5. 5. Children and young peopleWorking ageRetired
  6. 6. Residents ofSuburbs Downtown People
  7. 7. RichMiddle ClassPoor
  8. 8. StraightGay
  9. 9. or?
  10. 10. Dogowners
  11. 11. Dogowners Cross- country skiers
  12. 12. Dog owners Cross- countryResidents skiersofPaloheinä
  13. 13. Dog owners Cross- countryResidents skiersof SOK co-opPaloheinä members
  14. 14. Dog owners Cross- countryResidents skiersof SOK co-opPaloheinä members Cyclists
  15. 15. a bit of both. increasing fragmentationinto lifestyles and groups. consumption tells more about shared lifestyles than socio-economic differences.
  16. 16. peer revolution• Finding peers and forming communities does not require the same structures as before
  17. 17. in order to be agroup, it needs: 1) enterprise 2) domain 3) repertoire 4) engagement
  18. 18. Communities of practice (Wenger)• The enterprise is joint not in that everybody believes the same thing or agrees with everything, but in that it is communally negotiated.• A community of practice is neither a haven of togetherness nor an island of intimacy insulated from political and social relations.• Ability to shape the practice of our communities is an important part of our experience of participation.
  19. 19. why are groups powerful
  20. 20. groups define what is considered normal• Examples: How we behave in a student building? How much energy we use compared to our neighbours?
  21. 21. if the group is anessential part of our identity, we are willing to adapt dramatically to be accepted.
  22. 22. groups support us when engaging in something new• Examples: North Karelia Project Restaurant Day
  23. 23. we deny the group´s impact because we wish to drive our own lives.
  24. 24. groups improve our wellbeing: we feel useful, competent and needed• Examples: Koulu School Volunteering Elderly Care
  25. 25. groups enable us to get more with less• Examples: Mutual Insurance Companies Time Banks Airbnb
  26. 26. if the group´s wellbeing isessential for us, we do not expectimmediate paybacks.
  27. 27. collaborative design(s)
  28. 28. lessons learned• You still need a designer to interpret and lead• Build humanity into the system• Award for achievement and working for the common• Don´t force motivation• Make joining easy• Don´t underestimate people´s willingness to help• Thank, thank and thank again
  29. 29. characteristics of an intelligent group • Social sensitivity “Did I understand you correctly?” • Equality Everybody talks • Amount of women the more, the betterEvidence for a Collective Intelligence Factor in the Performance of Human Groups (Science)Anita Williams Woolley, Christopher F. Chabris, Alex Pentland, Nada Hashmi and Thomas W. Malone.
  30. 30. How can you design with a group?1) Go and interview people on groups they belong to.2) Based on the interviews, identify three different kind ofgroups.3) Describe their enterprise, domain, repertoire andengagement.4) Choose one.3) Tell how would you go about designing with one ofthem.
  31. 31. Researcher Tommi Laitio Demos Helsinki twitter: tommilaitio tommi.laitio (a)