MISTICA: Fwd: "development by design": MIT Workshop

From: Daniel Pimienta (
Date: Wed Jun 13 2001 - 14:19:50 AST

>Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2001 09:38:57 -0400 (EDT)
>From: Nitin Sawhney <>
>To: David Wortley <>,,
>Subject: "development by design": MIT Workshop, July 22, 2001 (fwd)
>We are helping organize a one-day technical workshop at the Media Lab next
>month, to bring together domain experts and innovators around
>collaborative design of appropriate technologies.
>Please forward this call for position papers to interested individuals.
>Position papers are due July 1st, and MIT will provide travel
>reimbursement for selected participants in need (form developing
>We hope this workshop will initiate a dialogue between NGOs, academia and
>industry around the critical problems of our environment and communities.
>thank you
>Nitin, Ben and Wendy
>"development by design" :
>Workshop on Collaborative Open-Source Design of Appropriate Technologies
>Sunday, July 22nd, 2001
>9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
>In conjunction with the Digital Nations Symposium (July 24-25, 2001)
>MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA
>Call for Position Papers: July 1st, 2001
>Workshop organized by Graduate Students,
>Massachusetts Institute of Technology
>In cooperation with and Digital Nations
>Workshop Website:
>Although technological advances into the 21st century have brought many
>benefits to industrialized society, a great majority of the world (nearly
2 billion
>people) still does not have access to clean water, adequate nutrition,
and affordable health
>care. The rural population of the world's developing countries and many
indigenous groups
>still lack basic educational, political and human rights and freedoms.
Many of the
>agricultural and industrial practices of both the developed and
developing world are
>environmentally unsustainable and contribute to the erosion of our social
>This workshop seeks to bring together a critical community of individuals
>and organizations engaged in collaboratively solving design challenges
for appropriate
>technologies posed by our environment and the developing world. We wish
to explore the lessons
>learned from small-scale development initiatives based on simple and
innovative design
>approaches and how they can be scaled-up to benefit communities everywhere.
>Topics of Interest (including but not limited to)
>* Design Challenges in Rural or Urban Poor and Indigenous Communities
>* Technology Design based on Indigenous/Local Knowledge, Resources and
>* Sustainable Design Practices and Participatory Approaches
>* Novel Materials and Processes for Appropriate Technologies
>* Case Studies from Design of Technology and Development Interventions
>* Design Ethnography and Social Assessment
>* Open-Source Collaborative Design Tools for Appropriate Technologies
>* Models for Distributed Intellectual Property in Collaborative Design
>* Developing Interdisciplinary Curriculum for Teaching Sustainable
Technology Design
>* Models for Distribution and Delivery of Appropriate Technologies in
Developing Countries
>* Approaches for Cooperative Design Initiatives between Academia, NGOs,
Government and
> Corporate Sectors.
>Based on the position papers submitted, an appropriate program and
>working groups for the day-long workshop will be established.
>Participation Guidelines
>We invite diverse perspectives from individuals in universities,
>companies, government and non-governmental organizations, as well as
independent innovators. We
>encourage participation of an interdisciplinary mix of researchers and
>practitioners in rural development, engineering design, human-computer
interaction, industrial
>design, environmental sciences, anthropology and sociology.
>Participants are asked to submit short position papers that describe
>their prior experience and ongoing work in design of novel technologies
or practices for
>communities in developing countries. Position papers can be submitted
online at the workshop
>website in MS Word, Postscript, PDF or HTML format. The papers should be
no longer than 3-5
>pages including abstract, organizational background, references, and
description of the
>problem domain, design approaches and/or evaluations of novel interventions.
>Alternatively, papers may describe novel policies, methodologies or
design practices and >processes towards open source collaborative design in
this context. Please include what you
>consider the key challenges (technological, environmental, social or
political) for design
>and deployment in these settings.
>All position papers will be made available to participants before the
>workshop. Revised papers will be included in an informal proceedings
distributed at the
>workshop, as well as published online. The workshop program will consist
of panel sessions and
>working groups around topics of interest. In addition, a summary and key
outcomes will
>be presented at the Digital Nations symposium at MIT (July 24-25).
Selected participants will
>be asked to submit extended papers for a new online peer-reviewed journal
to be
>published in fall 2001.
>We expect to have 40-50 participants, however the workshop program would
>be expanded if there were greater interest. There is no workshop fee.
>participants (with minimal funding support) may qualify to receive travel
reimbursement. If >needed, housing many be provided by some graduate
students. Please indicate any financial
>constraints in the online submission form or contact us at,.
>[ Workshop Online Submission Form available June 18, 2001 ]
>Please join the Online Discussion Forum at the website for updates on the
>workshop and to share your opinions with participants.

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