Before the workshop, accepted participants will be grouped around themes based on their submissions. We will invite participants to engage with the submissions from other participants in their group, supported by a series of prompts from the organizers. The feedback from these will be used to organize discussion topics and themes for the workshop itself.
Additionally, participants will be asked to present a recent instance of everyday care they have experienced, optionally by keeping a diary in which to journal their experiences of everyday care in the week prior to the workshop. This may include bringing examples where more extended notions of care have resulted in successful or impactful research; where people discuss ‘not caring’; or where caring has come at a cost to a project or somebody’s self-care.
Tentative Workshop Structure
Session One: Introductions and plenary discussion. Openings, greetings, then grouping themes brought forward in the pre-workshop discussions and position papers. Everyone will bring a care story to share as an introduction.
Session Two: Unpack themes: Small groups. Break into small groups to further unpack themes, which may include concepts of care, ideas for—and challenges of—supporting everyday care, and structures of care. For groups that choose to do so, these themes can be explored through positive and negative examples of technology-supported care, curated by the organizers. Report back. Report out discussions that took place in small groups, grouping topics, concepts, and questions into clusters to be unpacked in the afternoon.
Session Three: Critique stories and diary studies: Small groups. The clusters of topics, concepts, and questions generated will be used to think through the diary activity participants engaged in before the workshop. The goal of this activity will be to critically problematize these clusters. Plenary discussion. Report on small group discussions, and contextualize these discussions in terms of the workshop goals.
Session Four: Develop outcomes: Small groups. Shuffle small groups based on interest in specific outcomes (e.g., a manifesto of designer responsibilities; special issues; etc.). Plenary discussion. Report back on proposals for ways forward, assign action items (if applicable) for next steps, wrap up workshop.
Later: Workshop drinks and dinner.
Post-Workshop Plans and Dissemination
The anticipated outcomes of this workshop will be three-fold:
- a special issue of a journal, chosen with input from participants;
- preliminary development of a taxonomy of designing for everyday care; and
- a roadmap for future work in this space, including a collaboratively written working paper reporting on the workshop (leading to an ACM Interactions article) and the identification of funding for future networking and grant writing activities between participants.
We will generate a workshop report of the conversations and connections that emerge in the workshop to be shared with all participants and jointly authored with them. Depending on the level of interest, the workshop organizers will plan to publish an article in ACM Interactions, with the ambition that this will lead to a special journal issue of a leading HCI journal, chosen with input from participants (e.g., TOCHI, IJHCS or HCI). We will also make continued use of the collaborative platform and website set up before the workshop as a way of updating both participants and wider audience members on the outputs and ongoing developments from the workshop. A mailing list of participants and other interested parties unable to attend the workshop will be maintained, which will be used to discuss potential funding opportunities and grant proposals for future networking and project development.