Giving Voice to Nature

Participatory Design with More-Than-Human Stakeholders for Sustainable Development

About the Workshop

In this workshop, we aim to explore, discuss, and debate ways to engage and connect beyond the traditional human stakeholder in Participatory Design (PD) and to co-design with animals, plants, micro-organisms, and their ecosystems. We intend to collaboratively investigate how we can possibly expand participation to these more-than-human stakeholders which we have ignored so far and whose involvement in the design process is underexplored in relation to what is now needed in sustainable development. Acknowledging the limits of current PD theories, methods, and experiences in co-designing with more-than-human natural stakeholders, we invite participants to contribute with ideas, methods, case studies, and stories of ‘giving voice’ to nature in PD: something we believe is key to rethink the field in light of the environmental crisis we are facing today.

Participants at the workshop are to suggest, reflect and deliberate on possible theoretical, methodological and empirical ways in which we can involve other species in PD which has hitherto been an exclusively human activity. To this purpose, all interested participants are required to submit a contribution to the workshop to be reviewed by the workshop organisers.

The workshop will hold from 13.30 to 17.00 on the 15th of August, both in person and online with both synchronous and a-synchronous activities.

Submit Your Contribution to the Workshop

With this workshop we wish to invite contributions not only from PD researchers but also from other stakeholders like industry practitioners, environmental activists, and local academics to partake and share experiences and ideas. Interested participants are invited to submit a theoretical, methodological, or empirical contribution to the workshop’s research questions. Call Page.

Written contributions (1000 to 1500 words) can vary in format and range from position papers to discussions of concept, methods, applications, case studies, stories, provocations, or reflections. We also invite submissions in the form of interactive demos, pictorials/posters, design fictions, videos, performances, or recorded talks.

Submissions will be reviewed and assessed for relevance by the workshop organisers. Authors of accepted contributions will be invited to pre-workshop online activities (asynchronous) in preparation to the workshop as well as to present their work during the workshop at PDC on the 15th of August. The workshop is hybrid and will support remote participation.

We will accept max 30 contributions.

How to Submit Your Contribution

Contributions should be emailed to submissions[at]voicetonature.com. For non-textual contributions, feel free to submit digital images and pictures. Only JPG and PNG files will be accepted. Maximum file size is 15mb. If you need to send any more than that, kindly let us know by emailing info[at]voicetonature.com.

If you still need any further information or clarifications, kindly get back to any of us or contact info[at]voicetonature.com

Important Information

Call for Papers

Submit a position paper or other kinds of original contribution to the workshop.

Workshop Schedule

The format is hybrid (both in-person and online. It will last for 3 hours 30 minutes.

Organisers

It is organised by academics with interests and experience in environmental sustainability.

Venue

It is holding in the University of Technology, Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia.

Registration for this workshop is open to designers from all academic disciplines, backgrounds or level who are interested in the environment and biodiversity, or who has interest in the reversal of climate change. But this study is multidisciplinary, so researchers from non-design fields are also encouraged to register and participate.

You can submit a position paper, a case study or any other academic work of yours, which we would share with other participants to read prior to the workshop, and to discuss during the workshop.

For other types of contribution you can make, please see the Call for Papers page.

Contact Organisers

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