Urban self-organising groups as users of digital artefacts – Nordic experiences

Joanna Saad-Sulonen, Liisa Horelli

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The aim of the article is to present and discuss the results of a qualitative meta-analysis of a series of explorative case studies on the use of digital artefacts by self-organised communities in Aarhus, Denmark and Helsinki, Finland. Drawing on a conceptual framework on participation in the design of information and communication technologies as well as in urban planning, we ask and answer the following questions: What are the digital artefact ecologies of self-organised communities and movements? What are the challenges that self-organised communities and movements face in relation to their information technology needs? And, how can co-governance with public-private- people partnerships support the digital needs of self-organising groups?
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Finnish Journal of Urban Planning
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)32-47
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • digital artefact ecology
  • expanded participatory design
  • expanded urban planning


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