Collaborative Speculations on Future Themes for Participatory Design in Germany


Art der Publikation: Journal Article

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Jahr: 2022

Band / Volume: 21

Verlag (Publisher): degryuter



Ana Correira de Barros

Jesse Josua Benjamin

Christoph Benzmüller

Andreas Bischof

Sandra Buchmüller

Alexandra de Carvalho

Anna-Katharina Dhungel

Claude Draude

Marc-Julian Fleck

Juliane Jarnke

Stefanie Klein

Caroline Kortekaas

Albrecht Kurze

Diane Linke

Franzisca Maas

Nicola Marsden

Ricardo Melo

Susanne Michel

Claudia Müller-Birn

Monika Pröbster

Katja Antonia Rießenberger

Mirko Tobias Schäfer

Julia Stilke

Torben Volkmann

Anne Weibert

Wilhelm Weinhold

Sara Wolf

Isabel Zorn

Michael Heidt

Arne Berger


Participatory Design means recognizing that those who will be affected by a future technology should have an active say in its creation. Yet, despite continuous interest in involving people as future users and consumers into designing novel and innovative future technology, participatory approaches in technology design remain relatively underdeveloped in the German HCI community. This article brings together the diversity of voices, domains, perspectives, approaches, and methods that collectively shape Participatory Design in Germany. In the following, we (1) outline our understanding of participatory practice and how it is different from mere user involvement; (2) reflect current issues of participatory and fair technology design within the German Participatory Design community; and (3) discuss tensions relevant to the field, that we expect to arise in the future, and which we derived from our 2021 workshop through a speculative method. We contribute an introduction and an overview of current themes and a speculative outlook on future issues of Participatory Design in Germany. It is meant to inform, provoke, inspire and, ultimately, invite participation within the wider Computer Science community.


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