Commoning by Design: Exploring commoning approaches for multispecies stakeholder cooperation in systemic design

Julia Schaeper and Glenn Robert

This workshop builds on previous work that explores a commoning approach for systemic design, and specifically, how Ostrom’s eight Core Design principles (CDPs) could support relational design activities not only through alignment but by surfacing a plurality of voices and holding space for negotiating conflicting planetary stakeholder needs, motivations, and objectives.

We will begin the workshop by inviting design practitioners and researchers to reflect on their experiences of how (or if) current design practices create conditions for improved multispecies stakeholder cooperation. We will explore Ostrom’s CPDs in-depth, including recent research hypotheses on how they could help designers as a design heuristic for improved collaboration and more intentional group cooperation (Schaeper, 2022).

The workshop references recent work conducted by the workshop facilitators in UK healthcare quality improvement and a service design context where the theories of the commons and their applicability to co-design and transitioning existing systems from being dysfunctional to being regenerative were explored (Robert et al., 2021 and Schaeper, Kothari, Hamilton, 2022). The outcomes of the workshop will include reflections on current systemic design approaches and a proposed set of design tools that could help designers who wish to practice systemic design through the lens of an alternative economic perspective based on equity, inclusion, and participation.

Keywords: systemic design, commoning by design, commons, relational design redesign design, cooperation by design, collaboration, equity, inclusion, multispecies design

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Author(s) (20XX). Article title. Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSDX) Symposium.