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Saturday, July 20 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Session Three: The Value in Community Networks | Constructing Connection

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In the journey to connect the unconnected and to ensure access to those who are not on the web, we often times find ourselves in conversations around community networks where technology and the web itself is valued as an ends without engaging in any conversation around its purpose and the value it brings, nor how it (might) affect the individuals and communities that it was designed for.

The value of the network and the values of the community that needs to govern the community network becomes invisible and rendered secondary. The concepts and feelings are valid when we are part of communities and when start to understand what things are like from a community perspective.

In this moderated introspective workshop session Sol and cynthia will facilitate a playful session to help all of us address complex concepts, affects and questions: How are we weaving relationships around technology? What are the core values embedded with technology and access to the web? How do we bring the introspection to translate it into our scenario and in our work?

How do we weave this deconstruction into our scenarios? How do we connect? What groups are there that we can carry on beyond DWeb? What is the language that we are using? What input do we give as communities and how does that weave back into the designer’s work?

User vs Consumer and The seesaw of power and responsibility

Where is our line of our responsibility when we are exposing people to X (replace X with safety, privacy, access to a consumerist world that has nothing to do with village living) – what are our ideas around responsibility and care? What do we understand by information, transparency and guidance? What are the effects on a community with a product or a policy that someone designs from the outside?

What is the middle ground? What are our boundaries and where does our peace and freedom lie?
You neither impose nor take on anyone else?

We don’t have to constrain ourselves but rather question our positionalities.
We will take a break from our busy minds and take a walk outside of our heads and land into our values. (ethics and care).

This session is not only about introspection, it’s about connection.

Session Rundown
We expect the session to last around 75 mins.
We would want to be a in a cozy and fun space that allows people to move and sit relaxed on the floor.
We would also need paper, tape and different colors pens.


Marcela Guerra

COOLAB + Associação Portal sem Porteiras
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cynthia el khoury

Gender and Women's Engagement Coordinator, APC
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Sol Luca de Tena

Zenzeleni networks

Saturday July 20, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm PDT
Dome of Decentralization