Negotiating sustainable futures in communities through participatory speculative design and experiments in living

Simran Chopra, Rachel E Clarke, Adrian K Clear, Sara Heitlinger, Ozge Dilaver, Christina Vasiliou

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This paper responds to sustainable HCI's call to design long-term participatory projects with grassroots communities to counter the local effects of climate change and support more viable practices. We contribute a methodological approach to participatory speculative design as a series of interrelated experiments in living, working in symbiosis with a food-growing community moving towards collective resilience and food sovereignty. As an example of sustainability research within HCI, community food-growing has predominantly focused on collaborative acts of growing rather than disagreements, divergences and frictions. Limited attention has been paid to the challenges of effectively negotiating collaborative, sustainable speculative futures in this context. This paper reports on a workshop series on sustainable community food-growing using situated participatory speculation to address potential tensions when working collaboratively towards socio-technical alternatives.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI '22: Proceedings of the 2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
EditorsSimone Barbosa, Cliff Lampe, Caroline Appert, David A. Shamma, Steven Drucker, Julie Williamson, Koji Yatani
Place of PublicationNew York, US
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781450391573
Publication statusPublished - 29 Apr 2022
EventACM CHI 2022 - 900 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA, United States
Duration: 30 Apr 20225 May 2022

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings


ConferenceACM CHI 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans, LA
Internet address


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