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CaTalyST: Citizens Transforming Society (Tools for Change) Tim Dant Sociology, Lancaster, UK Ruth McNally ESRC Cesagen, Lancaster, UK (with thanks to Jon.

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1 CaTalyST: Citizens Transforming Society (Tools for Change) Tim Dant Sociology, Lancaster, UK Ruth McNally ESRC Cesagen, Lancaster, UK (with thanks to Jon Whittle School of Computing and Communications, Lancaster, UK)

2 Introduction EPSRC Cross-Disciplinary Interfaces call (2010) 140 EOIs, 54 submissions … 4 funded CaTaLyST at Lancaster: –Total budget £1.9M –RCUK contribution £1.52M –Start date: October 1, 2011 –Duration: 3 Years

3 Principles Radical Multidisciplinary Research Mobile Co-Location of Researchers Community-Driven Inclusive: LU & Beyond Cross-Disciplinary Training

4 Research Questions What is the role of technology in grassroots, community-driven social innovation? What is the vision of next-generation technologies, designed explicitly with citizen- led innovation in mind? How can citizen innovations be scaled up and diffused across communities? How to reflect on the process of multidisciplinary practice itself?

5 Investigators Computing and Communications –Gordon Blair –Paul Coulton –Gerd Kortuem –Awais Rashid –Corina Sas –Jon Whittle Sociology –Monika Büscher –Tim Dant –Lucy Suchman Cesagen –Ruth McNally LEC –Rebecca Ellis LUMS –Robert Fildes –Didier Soopramanien LICA –Leon Cruickshank –Drew Hemment

6 Community partners Derry –Derry City Council –Derry District Policing Partnership Manchester –MDDA (Manchester Digital Development Agency) –FutureEverything UK-wide –RSA (Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) –Community Matters Industry

7 What are we going to do? a series of research activities: –sprints –launchpads –relays –serendipity cafes exploring how technology can assist communities to be innovative in solving problems

8 Research sprints 6-9 month research intensive investigations Multidisciplinary academic-community teams bid in Resource (staff, non-staff) budget made available

9 Sprint selection criteria 1.Clear research goal that contributes to overall objectives & builds on previous sprints 2.Multidisciplinary (at least 2 disciplines; preferably more) 3.At least 1 team member from outside LU 4.Community participation 5.In the wild demonstrator

10 Launchpads Community-led, small projects Spin-offs from sprints or feeders into sprints Competitively bid for

11 Relays Connect sprints and ensure build-up of collective knowledge 2.5 day retreats every 6 months

12 other activities researchers from outside Lancaster annual conference doctoral students (Highwire) serendipity café – sandpit/workshop

13 resources 3 RAs Part-time (50%) administrator 2 academics at 50% per sprint Budget for research sprints –~£18K Community Launch Pads –£2-10K Research Relays: £39K Impact & Dissemination: £50K Ring-fenced costs: ~£75K

14 Management 1 Project PI: Whittle WP Leaders: –Sprints, Ellis –Launch-pads, Dant –Workshops & Networking, Coulton –External affairs, Whittle –Training, Soopramanien –PROTEE, McNally –Impact/Dissemination, Whittle

15 Management 2 Steering Committee PROTEE committee

16 Why PROTEE? Like BRIDGE, CaTalySTinvolves the development of innovative IT responses to societal needs Needs a method for upstream introduction of alternative to conceptualizations of IT solutions as neutral technological fixes Also needs a method to engage with and analyse the dynamics of multidisciplinary research

17 PROTEE as Socio-Technical Therapy A tool for upstream management of radical innovation projects Informed by science and technology studies Innovation as socio-technical; a collective experiment Technology as a script which defines a framework of action together with the actors and the space in which they are supposed to work(Akrich 1992: 208) PROTEE as a dialogic process leading to re- descriptions structured by PROTEE indicators

18 PROTEE Indicator Classes Realism/Realisability From linear technological trajectory to contingent, heterogeneous and interdependent landscape. An ecology. Strategy/Negotiability/Empathy Treat internal and external opposition, competition, indifference as opportunities for learning. (Multidisc) Falsifiability Design and conduct of trials with the potential to surprise the innovators, and to jeopardize their claims.

19 PROTEE in CaTalyST Management tool and research tool Dialogues between PROTEE team and multidisciplinary Sprint project teams …. leading to a different kind of paper trail – a newliterary technology for the virtual witnessing of the projects … that increases opportunities for learning … and is conducive to a more reflexive innovation process – where lessons learnt from the redescriptions can change the innovation project

20 ideas welcome! new ideas for sprints and launchpads adapt existing ideas, contacts, links look out for website, press release


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