Resourcing in Co-Design

Salu Ylirisku, Jacob Buur, Line Revsbæk

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This paper introduces the concept of ‘resourcing’ to describe the fundamental activity of negotiating use of what is available for co-­design. Despite the fact that resourcing is an ever-­present undertaking in all co-­designing, thus far no theoretical concept has supported the awareness of design managers and facilitators towards the constitutive practices that reflect the response sensitivity of those involved in collaborative design processes. Drawing on the theory of Complex Responsive Processes of Relating the new concept of resourcing enables us to uncover a gap between managerial thinking that understands resources as objective entities to be planned and controlled, and the actual unfolding of co­‐design in complex responsive conversation. Through the analysis of three co-­design events we illustrate how the different response sensitivities of the participants in co-­design events can diversify the resourcefulness of designing. The analyses also reveal how new ideas emerge in the complex interplay of intentions where something constructed in early activities is resourced in later conversation. The concept of resourcing amplifies the significance of local interactions for innovation and enables us to pay closer attention to the ways in which people collaboratively move from inspiration to ideas.
TitelProceedings of DRS 2016 International Conference : Future–Focused Thinking
RedaktørerPeter Lloyd, Erik Bohemia
Antal sider15
ForlagDesign Research Society
StatusUdgivet - 2016
Begivenhed50th Anniversary Design + Research + Society Conference: Future-Focused Thinking - Brigthon, Storbritannien
Varighed: 27. jun. 201630. jun. 2016
Konferencens nummer: 50


Konference50th Anniversary Design + Research + Society Conference


  • resourcing
  • co-design
  • design facilitation
  • complex responsive processes


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