Infrastructuring the solidarity economy: unpacking strategies and tactics in designing social innovation

Vasilis Vlachokyriakos, Clara Crivellaro, Pete Wright, Patrick Olivier

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Solidarity organizations in Europe are committed to building a more socially just society through a better configuration of democracy, politics and economy. In this paper, we describe our efforts to contribute to the sociopolitical designed innovation of solidarity movements through the establishment of a research lab embedded in, and operating within, the solidarity economy. We describe three cases that span the polarities of everyday and expert design, and contribute to the scaling out of social innovations. We use these cases to exemplify the strategies and tactics that emerge from the ongoing negotiation of'infrastructuring' work with solidarity organizations. Finally, we discuss how guerilla infrastructuring, designing coalitions, and spanning design polarities can contribute to HCI and design for social innovation more generally.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2018 - Engage with CHI
Subtitle of host publicationCHI 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
EditorsAnna Cox, Mark Perry
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781450356206, 9781450356213
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2018 - Palais des Congrès de Montréal, Montreal, Canada
Duration: 21 Apr 201826 Apr 2018
Conference number: 36th (Proceedings)


ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2018
Abbreviated titleCHI 2018
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  • Social innovation
  • Social movements
  • Solidarity economy

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