Laura Watts, Pelle Ehn, Lucy Suchman

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Innovation and design need not be about the search for a killer app. Innovation and design can start in people’s everyday activities. They can encompass local services, cultural production, arenas for public discourse, or technological platforms. The approach is participatory, collaborative, and engaging, with users and consumers acting as producers and creators. It is concerned less with making new things than with making a socially sustainable future. This book describes experiments in innovation, design, and democracy, undertaken largely by grassroots organizations, non-governmental organizations, and multi-ethnic working-class neighborhoods.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMaking Futures: Marginal Notes on Innovation, Design, and Democracy
EditorsPelle Ehn, Elisabet M. Nilsson, Richard Topgaard
Number of pages31
Place of PublicationCambridge MA
PublisherMIT Press
Publication dateOct 2014
ISBN (Print)9780262027939
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014


  • Participatory Design
  • Collaborative Innovation
  • Social Sustainability
  • Grassroots Organizations
  • Cultural Production


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