June 30, 2011

CFP: Participatory Innovation in a land down under

The inaugural Participatory Innovation Conference was held January 2011 at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) in Sønderborg, hosted by the SDU strategic research center SPIRE. A write-up of the first conference was published in early June at InnovationManagement.se.

What is “participatory innovation”? In their article, Henry Larsen and Marcel Bogers wrote:
Participatory innovation focuses on involving users as co-designers in processes of innovation. It draws on knowledge in a wide range of disciplines, such as participatory design, design anthropology, conversational analysis, innovation management, and organization theory. While it also relates to the theories and practices of user-driven innovation – as exemplified by the work of Eric von Hippel – and open innovation – as proposed by Henry Chesbrough – it distinguishes itself by its focus on innovation as being socially shaped.
As with any new conference, there was learning by doing: the first conference was held in Denmark in the winter, but the second one will be held in January 2012 in Melbourne, where it will be summer.

Here is the call for papers from the PIN-C 2012 conference website, written in some strange dialect that passes for English down under:
Participatory Innovation Conference 2012

Swinburne University Faculty of Design in collaboration with SPIRE, University of Southern Denmark is proud to host the Participatory Innovation Conference 2012.

This is a forum where participants from different disciplines and organisations can meet and challenge each other to develop the field of participatory innovation.

It will be held in Melbourne Australia from 12-14 January 2012.

The conference presents an exciting programme of five tracks: Indigenous Knowledge and Cultural Innovation; Evolving Design Anthropology; Making Design and Analysing Interaction; Organising Participatory Innovation; and Designing Innovative Business Models.

Abstracts and intents to participate: 5 August 2011
Notice of Acceptance: 5 September 2011
Full papers: 14 October 2011
Final submissions: 18 November 2011
As with the 1st conference, the intention is to have a multi-disciplinary approach, with research from design, innovation management and business. The organisers also hope to maintain the interactions between speakers and the audience — as well as academics and practitioners — that characterised the first conference.

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