Concept-driven Design for Democracy: Advancing Co-creative Media to Support Citizen Participation and Democratic Engagement

Keywords: co-creative media, democracy, actor-network theory, concept-driven design, socio-technical systems, citizen, participation

Abstract

This article elaborates a concept of co-creative media that aims to support citizens’ democratic engagement by facilitating participatory and co-creative processes. The research adopts a concept-driven design approach to theoretically underpin and empirically inform the concept. This was accomplished by adopting theoretical resources from the framework of actor-network theory (ANT), identifying criteria in an analysis of existing socio-technical systems for democratic engagement, and building on the results from four research studies. The main contribution of the article, namely the concept of co-creative media, could serve as a basis for further theoretical reflections and a point of departure to support future participatory design processes where relevant stakeholders collectively contribute to the practical implementation and evaluation of co-creative media. Co-creative media have the potentials to provide citizens with a new approach to democracy and could broaden citizens’ democratic engagement by means of creating virtual spaces in which new ideas, initiatives, knowledge, and solutions could emerge.

Author Biography

Montathar Faraon, Kristianstad University
Assistant Professor of Digital Design at Kristianstad University
Published
2018-10-29
How to Cite
Faraon, M. (2018). Concept-driven Design for Democracy: Advancing Co-creative Media to Support Citizen Participation and Democratic Engagement. JeDEM - EJournal of EDemocracy and Open Government, 10(1), 23 - 49. https://doi.org/10.29379/jedem.v10i1.490
Section
Research Papers