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Reconstructing the Future: Exploring community engagement and social innovation amid value entanglement

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Jizhen Shan and Yunlong Wang
With the advancement of technology and globalisation, the way people interact and socialise has changed dramatically. This phenomenon has not only affected the behaviour of real people interacting with each other, and their social skills, but also challenged the cohesion and sense of belonging in offline communities. And the sense of value plays an important role in the construction of community relationships. It involves community members identifying and sharing common moral, ethical and faith values, and a shared understanding of the community’s mission and vision. In order to maintain community cohesion and communion, we need to value cultural diversity, encourage face-to-face interaction, and find models of community development that are adapted to the new economic and digital environment and promote localised social innovation, which will help foster connections and collaboration between people in offline communities and create stronger and more vibrant community networks.
Starting from value entanglement, this study aims to explore community participation and social innovation under value entanglement, focusing on human participation and community co-creation, and adopting the concept of social innovation to promote the development of sustainable communities. In this paper, some specific strategies and methods are proposed, such as a collaborative point system that encourages community members’ participation and reflects individual surplus value, as well as the conceptual design of a community app, in conjunction with the case of Professor Zhou Zishu’s Groundnut Community at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. The findings of this study suggest that the development of sustainable communities can be promoted through community participation and social innovation under value entanglement, and it is hoped that the findings of this study can provide some assistance to practitioners, policy makers and researchers.
Keywords: value entanglement
community
localised social innovation
participatory design
sustainable development

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Author(s): Jizhen Shan and Yunlong Wang
Year: 2023
Title: Reconstructing the Future: Exploring community engagement and social innovation amid value entanglement
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD12
Article No.: pre-release
URL: https://rsdsymposium.org/community-engagement-and-social-innovation
Host: Georgetown University
Location: Washington DC, USA
Symposium Dates: October 6–20, 2023
First published: 30 September 2023
Last update: no update
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404

Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design, RSD12

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