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A community unaware of itself June 10, 2008

Posted by Levi in Observing.
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Can you see the vestiges on that wall, above the chairs?

Vestiges of a community

Those chairs are in a waiting room and the marks are made by dozens of waiters a week, each one laying the back of his head on the wall in his turn. Could we call those people a ‘community’? Do they actually ‘collaborate’?

Wikipedia defines community of circumstance as one driven by position, circumstance or life experiences rather than a shared interest. Examples include web-communities for people living with depression, passengers of the same plane, and people in a prision or other correctional facility.

It’s interesting to note that some of those communities might be seasonal (e.g. attendees at an annual congress) or even unaware of themselves (e.g. housewives who use a given product at their homes). When designing to support them, the challenge is often to discover and make explicit what interactions people would engage in to mutually benefit, and then collaborate.

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1. karinedrumond - June 11, 2008

Segunda esta definição “community of circmstance” crianças hospitalizadas poderiam ser consideradas como membros de uma comunidade?

2. Levi - June 11, 2008

Certamente, Karine. O argumento que justifica a existência dessa comunidade é circunstancial (ao receber alta, a criança provavelmente deixará de integrar a comunidade e interagir com ela).

Mas imagine se pudéssemos, por exemplo, facilitar ainda que remotamente a interação entre tais crianças e entre elas e os demais atores envolvidos (parentes, amigos, médicos, enfermeiros etc.).

Um bom objetivo de design poderia ser amenizar a solidão imposta pelas circunstâncias através da facilitação do convívio entre crianças que enfrentam as mesmas dificuldades.

3. Karine Drumond - June 12, 2008

Pois então, é uma das idéias mesmo do projeto… :) eu ainda não tinha pensado sobre o ponto de vista de comunidade, o que pode entrar como justificativa, embasamento teorico, etc.. Bakana! valeu..


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