Monday, July 14, 2008

Power and Participation in using Technology


6th PRaDSA workshop: "Power and Participation in using Technology for
Social Action", on Sept 4th and 5th at Leeds Metropolitan University,

PRaDSA (Practical Design for Social Action) has been running a series
of workshops around the UK to share experience among people with
technology and social action interests and skills and provide a forum
for discussion and reflection on issues chosen by participants. This
last workshop focuses on the central issues of power and participation
in working with technology to make social action happen.

It is suitable for anyone using innovation and ICT to help others work
on social and political issues. It will be relevant if you are
concerned with who gets involved in decisions about technology and how
they are engaged. In particular, we will be examining factors that
contribute to a feeling of empowerment and how to generate it in the
contexts you can influence.
Come along to recharge your batteries, consider your practice and look
at what more we can do if we work together.

* Day one will start sharply at 1pm, though a bite of lunch will be
available from noon.
* Day two ends at 4pm to allow for travelling.
* We have some money to pay expenses, including your stay overnight in
Leeds (and a limited budget to cover your absence from work - be that
to your organisation or to you as a freelance operator), if you wish
to attend this workshop and contribute. Please let us know if you
would like to be considered for this bursary.

To register for a place, send a short description of (one of the)
context(s) in which you work, to Kutoma Wakunuma at
as soon as possible and before 25th August.
She will also be the first port of call for any questions you have.

PRADSA stands for "Practical Design for Social Action". The PRADSA
project's goal is to develop and extend the capability of social
action organisations to creatively design new practices by
appropriating and adapting ICTs. There are three strands to the
project, of which the workshop series is one. The other two are:

. To develop a new understanding of designing in social action
settings, grounded in detailed contextual studies of design in
. To create a collection of practical resources to support the
work of practitioners (and others) including workshop materials and
easy-to-use (open-source) on-line community communications systems.

PRADSA is a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council

(AHRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
(EPSRC) as part of its Designing for the 21st Century programme. If
you would like to know more about the PRADSA project, please see:

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