Leonardo Parra Agudelo

Designing with Grassroots Organizations for Political (Inter)Actions in Urban Public Places

Workshop gratuito

Interactive, networked, and digital media has become deeply implicated in local and global activism as a main means of public engagement, as well as organizational and operational resources. The increasing availability of and accessibility to such media and technologies provide often resource-poor grassroots organizations with new and creative ways to engage the public in considering, debating, and acting in relation to their political agenda. However, most of these technologies are proprietary and provide limited customizing and refining capabilities for bringing nuanced messages into urban public places. This limits potential opportunities for hyper local engagements.

This workshop will explore challenges and opportunities in designing interactive technologies that bring forth grassroot organizations’ agendas into urban public places. The workshop focuses on the design of the technologies as a process rather than the artifact. The workshop will also explore the usability and usefulness of an evolving theoretical framework that aims at exposing how political agendas are effectively embedded in design practice, with a focus on social change through grassroots movements.

The participants will have opportunities to present their work or cases of interest, and participate in a series of collective workshop activities and discussions. These activities will be centered on the process of designing technologies for a grassroots organization, and will explore the usability and usefulness of an evolving theoretical framework that aims at exposing how political agendas are effectively embedded in design practice, with a focus on social change through grassroots movements.

Leonardo Parra Agudelo

Queensland University of Technology

Leonardo Parra is a PhD student at the Urban Informatics Research Lab, Queensland University of Technology, Australia. He was trained as Industrial Designer and holds a masters degree in Design & Technology from Parsons School of Design. He has more than 9 years of combined experience teaching design, both in Colombia and Australia.

He has more than 10 years of independent professional experience in various design-related areas. His research interests focus in understanding how interaction design could be re-purposed as vehicle for voicing civic issues and concerns, with a current emphasis in contributing to grassroots organizations’ efforts to activate urban public places in order to make social change.

Dr. Jaz Hee-Jeong Choi

Queensland University of Technology

Dr Jaz Hee-jeong Choi is Deputy Director of the Urban Informatics Research Lab and a Senior Lecturer in Interactive and Visual Design, Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. In her doctoral research, she developed a new approach to urban sustainability that recognises ‘play’ as the core of transformative interactions in cities.

Her current research explores designing and developing playful technologies to cultivate sustainable food culture, as well as self-care and mutual aid in urban environments. Choi has collaborated with leading international researchers, published across various disciplines, and given invited talks including the opening keynote address at the 2010 UNESCO Creative Cities Conference.