Sanna Marttila, Joanna Saad-Sulonen and Giacomo Poderi at UX Copenhagen 2021
Sanna Marttila, Joanna Saad-Sulonen and Giacomo Poderi at UX Copenhagen 2021

About the talk “Designing Commons and Commoning Design”

Commoning is not a new buzzword. It comes with an interesting history and well established meaning. During this “fireside chat”, we will bring some terminological clarifications for the term “commoning” by linking its roots in the concept of “commons” and by summarizing what it has come to mean in/for design. We will also bring examples of commoning, suggest how designers can learn from commoners, and ideate on pluriversal commoning.

About the Speakers

Joanna Saad-Sulonen is an associate professor at the IT University of Copenhagen where she teaches service design. Her research interest lies at the intersection of design, digitalization, and participation. She has fifteen years experience in participatory design and is interested in how participatory design relates to commons and commoning. Together with colleagues worldwide she has co-organised numerous seminars and workshops on design and commoning.

Giacomo Poderi is an assistant professor at the IT University of Copenhagen. He teaches courses on digital culture and users in context at Bachelor and Master levels. Broadly, his research interests concern the interplay between society and Information Technology through the lenses of co-construction processes and commoning practices. Furthermore, he has done research around the meaning of participation and the role it plays in mediating use, design, and development aspects of IT.

Sanna Marttila is an assistant professor at the IT University of Copenhagen and service designer. Sanna works in the field of interaction design and service design, and carries design research projects in real-world settings applying participatory design, co-design and open design methodologies.