PlanetHero - Collaborative System for Public Good Initiatives

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School of Arts, Design and Architecture | Master's thesis
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2013
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Master's Degree Programme in New Media
Uuden median maisteriohjelma
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en
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144
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This thesis investigates collaboration and partnership in public good sector. It explores existing practices, identifies challenges and opportunities related to collaboration in public good and defines an information communication technology system that could support such collaboration. The work specifically studies individual citizens and civil society organisations of the public good sector in Cape Town, South Africa as a case study. The thesis is grounded in the Research-Based Design methodological framework of four stages: Contextual Inquiry, Participatory Design, Product Design and Prototype as a Hypothesis. Conceptually this research mainly builds upon: Communities of Practice and Computer Supported Collaborative Work. The majority of the thesis research was carried out during four-months field work in Cape Town, South Africa. Overall, representatives of 15 different civil society organisations and collaborative initiatives of the public good sector were interviewed and observed; 3 civil society organisations took part in a participatory design workshop and over 30 individual activists participated in an unconference participatory action research event. The thesis discusses the identified challenges and opportunities of collaboration in individual activism, civil society organisations and collaborative civil society organisations’ forums. Further, it presents six concept scenarios and a prototype of the PlanetHero designed concept system.
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Leinonen, Teemu
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research-based design, collaboration, public good, civil society organisations
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  • thesis blog: http://designing.planetngo.net
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