Provotypes for Participatory Innovation

Laurens Boer, Jared Donovan

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Central to multi-stakeholder processes of participatory innovation is to generate knowledge about ‘users’ and to identify business opportunities accordingly. In these processes of collaborative analysis and synthesis, conflicting perceptions within and about a field of interest are likely to surface. Instead of the natural tendency to avoid these tensions, we demonstrate how tensions can be utilized by embodying them in provocative types (provotypes). Provotypes expose and embody tensions that surround a field of interest to support collaborative analysis and collaborative design explorations across stakeholders. In this paper we map how provotyping contributes to four related areas of contemporary Interaction Design practice. Through a case study that brings together stakeholders from the field of indoor climate, we provide characteristics of design provocations and design guidelines for provotypes for participatory innovation.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date11 Jun 2012
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2012


  • Participatory Innovation
  • Multi-Stakeholder Processes
  • Collaborative Design
  • Provotypes
  • Interaction Design Practice


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