Where’s Love in E-Waste? (PDC)

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This workshop focuses on how the notion of love can help explore and define participatory strategies targeted at dealing with issues surrounding e-waste. In particular, we are interested in discovering how Participatory Design practice, open innovation activities, and inclusive discussions can offer ways of transforming people’s relationships with e-waste from negative affective relationships into positive ones through engagement, co-creation, and group envisioning. The workshop series focuses particularly on existent e-waste, accepting it as an (unfortunate) outcome of current production strategies in need of change.

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The overall goal of the workshop series is to document multiple perspectives, methods, and examples of value-centered and participatory, open, and transdisciplinary approaches that focus on looking at and utilizing e-waste as key ingredient to create positive transformation and/or outcomes. Some possible questions to consider in the context of this workshop include:

  • Can participatory and transdisciplinary practice transform e-waste into a conduit for community reconciliation?
  • Can reflection on the materiality and aesthetics of e- waste trigger practices to ultimately benefit those directly impacted by e-waste?
  • Can e-waste become something positive if looked at differently thanks to a participatory and inlcusive lens?
  • Can notions of love and participation help us engage e-waste differently, making beauty out of it despite its negative impact on landscapes and society?
  • What is the role of design and engineering practitioners when e-waste is a direct by-product of design engagements?

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