FindingsPatience, Openness & Faith in ThingsLaura, 30-something, artist & filmaker
“I really have faith that things will just turn up when you need them...”
“I just carry this list around in my mind of things we are looking for… it’s like a sort of mental list... My experience h...
Findings Patience, Openness & Faith in things | Living without and making lists“If I need something, I don’t just go out a...
{Departures from Firsthand Acquisition}Care of Things, Self & Others
Findings   FindingsCare for things  Care for thingsTanya, 30-something, skilled amateur interior designer and remodeler   ...
Findings   FindingsCare for things  Care for thingsMichael, 30-something, amateur flea market seller
FindingsCare for things     “I hate to throw away something I think       has a use. I mean if it definitely has a good   ...
ImplicationsDesigning from communities of reacquisition
Implications: Designing from communities of re-acquisitionRecodingImage source (left): http://www.ieeff.org/dadanyduchread...
Implications: Designing from communities of re-acquisitionRecoding the reacquired & ReacquiringRecoding trash...
Implications: Designing from communities of re-acquisitionRecoding the reacquired & Reacquiring
Implications: Designing from communities of re-acquisitionMaking space for reacquisition at the center
Implications: Designing from communities of re-acquisitionMaking space for reacquisition at the centerVirtual spaces may a...
Implications: Designing from communities of re-acquisition   Making space for reacquisition at the center                 ...
Implications: Designing from communities of re-acquisition   Making space for reacquisition at the center                 ...
Implications: Designing from communities of re-acquisitionMaking space for reacquisition at the center                    ...
Implications: Designing from communities of re-acquisitionRecirculation & Shared use   Usership, rather than ownership    ...
Implications: Designing from communities of re-acquisitionRecirculation & Shared use
Implications: Designing from communities of re-acquisitionUnderstanding and learning from practices and values at the marg...
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We present a qualitative study of reacquisition-the acquisition of previously possessed goods-involving in-depth interviews with 18 reacquirers within or nearby Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Based on critiques of sustainable consumption and our findings, we reframe technology consumption as acquisition, possession, dispossession and reacquisition. We present four reacquisition orientations describing our participants' motivations and practices: casual, necessary, critical, and experiential. We then present a range of findings including issues with work, time and effort involved in reacquisition, and values and practices of care and patience associated with invested reacquirers. We conclude with implications for designing technologies to support current reacquisition practices, as well as broader opportunities for HCI and interaction design to incorporate non-mainstream reacquisition practices and values into more mainstream technologies.

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(Part 2 of 2) Capture Leads Share Twitter Facebook email Embed Second-hand interactions: Investigating reacquisition and dispossession practices around domestic objects

  1. 1. FindingsPatience, Openness & Faith in ThingsLaura, 30-something, artist & filmaker
  2. 2. “I really have faith that things will just turn up when you need them...”
  3. 3. “I just carry this list around in my mind of things we are looking for… it’s like a sort of mental list... My experience has been that when I need something, if I know I need them, I’ll find it.”
  4. 4. Findings Patience, Openness & Faith in things | Living without and making lists“If I need something, I don’t just go out and buy it. I just think about how to live without it for a while and then it comes, it finds a way to materialize.” (Kristy, 20s, community organizer)“I’m patient. … You keep your eyes out. You have your list in the back of your mind as to what you want or what you need.” (Bob, 70’s, retired toolmaker)“I don’t mind being patient and waiting for something to come around. It usually does. ... I have lists of things [to acquire]” (John, 30’s, sound engineer)
  5. 5. {Departures from Firsthand Acquisition}Care of Things, Self & Others
  6. 6. Findings FindingsCare for things Care for thingsTanya, 30-something, skilled amateur interior designer and remodeler “This is the chair I was talking about that I might not be able to save. … [The “damage”] may be too significant to—I might not be able to save it.”
  7. 7. Findings FindingsCare for things Care for thingsMichael, 30-something, amateur flea market seller
  8. 8. FindingsCare for things “I hate to throw away something I think has a use. I mean if it definitely has a good use or function still, I don’t want to throw it away. ... I wanna get it in the hands of someone who could use ‘em”
  9. 9. ImplicationsDesigning from communities of reacquisition
  10. 10. Implications: Designing from communities of re-acquisitionRecodingImage source (left): http://www.ieeff.org/dadanyduchreadymadewheel13.jpgImage source (right): http://imagerepository.net/images/m/a/22/marcel-duchamp-
  11. 11. Implications: Designing from communities of re-acquisitionRecoding the reacquired & ReacquiringRecoding trash...
  12. 12. Implications: Designing from communities of re-acquisitionRecoding the reacquired & Reacquiring
  13. 13. Implications: Designing from communities of re-acquisitionMaking space for reacquisition at the center
  14. 14. Implications: Designing from communities of re-acquisitionMaking space for reacquisition at the centerVirtual spaces may already be doing this...
  15. 15. Implications: Designing from communities of re-acquisition Making space for reacquisition at the center Bicycle Coop Electronics Coop ?http://sf.streetsblog.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/09_03/Bicycle_Works_Grand_Opening.jpg
  16. 16. Implications: Designing from communities of re-acquisition Making space for reacquisition at the center Hackerspaces Mobile Phone Repairhttp://www.instructables.com/files/deriv/F7L/396J/FSSIKZTQ/F7L396JFSSIKZTQ.MEDIUM.jpghttp://turtlethink.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/hackerspace.jpg
  17. 17. Implications: Designing from communities of re-acquisitionMaking space for reacquisition at the center Electronics Coop ?
  18. 18. Implications: Designing from communities of re-acquisitionRecirculation & Shared use Usership, rather than ownership Reacquisition Dispossession Possession
  19. 19. Implications: Designing from communities of re-acquisitionRecirculation & Shared use
  20. 20. Implications: Designing from communities of re-acquisitionUnderstanding and learning from practices and values at the margins Immediacy & Disposability Patient acquisition Care for things

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