Participatory Design (PD) is an approach to the assessment, design, and development of technological and organizational systems that places a premium on the active involvement of workplace practitioners (usually potential or current users of the system) in design and decision-making processes.
Created on February 03, 2005. Workshop call for papers. This CHI 2005 workshop is evolving from issues raised at a previous panel on "Values in HCI (Human-Computer Interaction)" (Note: Event not directly sponsored by CPSR)
Participatory Design Information from the CPSR Archives
Participatory Design traces its roots to Scandinavian work with trade unions in the 60's and 70's, but its ancestry also includes Action Research and Sociotechnical Design. CPSR has played an important role in fostering PD in the US by sponsoring the biennial Participatory Design conferences since 1990
I support critical thinking--including ethical issues--when it comes to decisions about the use of technology. I want more people to have access to learn about technology. I would like to see resources go into finding and implementing technologies that provide the most public good.