“Cooperativism and Human-Computer Interaction” special interest group meeting at the CHI 2019 conference
A team of SharingAndCaring COST Action members – Anton Fedosov from USI Lugano, Ann Light from University of Sussex, and Airi Lampinen from Stockholm University – together with Coye Cheshire from UC Berkeley and Tawanna Dillahunt from University of Michigan, are organising a special interest group meeting at this year’s CHI conference on the topic of “Cooperativism and Human-Computer Interaction”. The meeting takes place on May 8, in Glasgow (UK).
The organisers aim at bringing together researchers from different sub-communities of Human–Computer Interaction to identify future research directions around cooperativism and platforms: If social, economic and environmental sustainability are linked, then support for the increasing number of non-profit groups and member-owned organizations offering what Trebor Scholz has called “platform cooperativism” (Scholz, 2016) has never been more important. Together, these organizations not only tackle issues their members identify in the world of work, but also provide network-driven collections of shared things (e.g., books, tools) and resources (e.g., woodworking spaces, fab labs) that benefit local communities, potentially changing, not just use of resources at community level, but socio-economic structures on the ground (e.g., Light, forthcoming). In contrast to for-profit services often associated with the sharing economy (e.g., Uber, Airbnb), platform co-ops attempt to advocate ecological, economic and social sustainability, with the goal to promoting a fairer distribution of goods and labor, ultimately creating a stronger sense of community. While some HCI sub-communities (e.g., CSCW) have started to explore this emergent phenomenon, especially leveraging ethnographic research methods, researchers have called for more diverse HCI approaches to address the growing scope of challenges within platform co-ops, member-driven exchange systems, and cooperativism more broadly.
The ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems is the premier international conference of Human-Computer Interaction. CHI – pronounced ‘kai’ – is a place where researchers and practitioners gather from across the world to discuss the latest in interactive technology. CHI attendees from all backgrounds are welcome to the meeting and it could be particularly interesting for members of the Sharing & Caring COST Action.
More details are available on the meeting website.