Chair: Janet McIntyre
The ‘Balancing individualism and collectivism SIG’ explores ways to use user centric design processes to address complex, wicked problems in such a way that we enhance the process of democratic decision making and governance based on matching responses to areas of concern to ensure the common good and to test out ideas with those who are to be affected by the decisions and with future generations in mind.
‘Wicked problems’ comprise diverse, multiple variables and have a value basis (see Rittel and Webber, 1973 Flood and Carson, 1998, McIntyre-Mills 2006, 2007, 2008 forthcoming). Addressing complex wicked problems, of poverty, climate change, epidemics, security and pollution is a challenge for today’s world (see Nussbaum 2006, Singer, 2002 Gore, 2007, Stern, 2007), because the problems straddle conceptual and spatial boundaries, but they also perceived very differently by people with diverse values. The global commons is under threat and we need to find a way to address the challenges in such a way that we can ensure a sustainable future whilst balancing collective interests, rights and responsibilities with individual concerns, rights and responsibilities. (Held et al 1999, 2005, McIntyre-Mills et al 2006, Christakis and Bausch, 2006).
Presentation Format: 15-20 minutes presentation, 10 minutes questions.
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