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Reflections on seeding in socal design: building connections with communities, design and use in social technology projects

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Social technologies rely on participation, content, and actions from the user community to take their form, and define their success.

This presentation proposes the notion of "seeding" as a way to think about the activities (or engagement strategies) we undertake as designers to connect these technology projects to a community of users.

Some significant reconsiderations in our design methods have been triggered by the changes introduced by social technologies. Our research and design projects are now more akin to collaborative design activities, interventions, experiments, or pilots. It becomes unclear where the design stops and the community starts. Seeking opportunities to seed content, connections and communities is now central to our evolving role as designers of technology, as facilitators of experience, and creators of conditions for growth, participation and emergent design.

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Reflections on seeding in socal design: building connections with communities, design and use in social technology projects

  1. 1. Reflections on the role of seeding in social design IDWOP Penny Hagen & John MacFarlane 11 December 2008
  2. 2. technologies social technologies
  3. 3. building connections
  4. 4. seeding
  5. 5. seeding a potential community
  6. 6. seeding through an existing niche community
  7. 7. Challenges fragility of social projects project inertia consent
  8. 8. reflections
  9. 9. where does the research stop and the community start?
  10. 10. Thank you thanks to the Digital Eskimo team www.digitaleskimo.net and our generous clients, And to Dr Toni Robertson, Interaction Design and Work Practice Lab, University of Technology Sydney http://research.it.uts.edu.au/idwop/

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