New publication: New Community Research and Action Networks – Addressing Wicked Problems Using Patterns and Pattern Languages

Schuler, D., de Moor, A., & Bryant, G. (2020). New Community Research and Action Networks Addressing Wicked Problems Using Patterns and Pattern Languages. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on ICT for Sustainability, 330–337. https://doi.org/10.1145/3401335.3401818

 

 
See also the presentation of our paper that co-author Doug Schuler gave at the LIMITS 2020 Sixth Workshop on Computing within Limits on June 21.
 

 

Abstract:

 

The goal of this paper is to present a vision of research and associated practice that is intended to help transcend many of the barriers that are preventing society from adopting the sustainable goals that will help them survive, and even thrive in the coming decades. We believe the research enterprise could be expanded to meet contemporary needs, and to see it as more of a collaborative undertaking involving thinking, implementing, monitoring and evaluations of interventions with larger groups of people (not only specialists) and would be more focused on social benefit. The approach integrates social practices with technological support. It is intended to help us work effectively given the constraints that exist today. It is intended to be flexible enough to change with the times and to help create the opportunities to create these changes. It is to be built on the idea of patterns and pattern languages, an evolving paradigm that can help provide a shared vocabulary that can promote shared goals and methodologies, and, above all, shared visions. Patterns are highly influential in the technology sector, and we believe they can be broadly used by communities to address the pressing issues of our time. These range from building an effective healthcare system, to reforming economic activity towards the public interest so as to address the climate emergency.

Posted by Aldo de Moor

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