Shared Knowledge: An Exploration of the Use and the Design of Participatory Workshops
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis [Artistic work]
This master thesis presents an exploration of participatory workshops. It focuses
on how these may involve a design project’s various stakeholders, and
take the design process further by joint activities of mutual learning.
The main concern addressed in the thesis is how participatory workshops
may be designed and carried through, together with companies working with
design. The aim of the exploration is to gain an understanding of the various
steps of the design and implementation of workshops, and also how these
steps interact during the process.
The exploration is mainly based on the design and implementation of three
different workshops: One workshop was designed on behalf of a design consultancy
as part of the phase of concept, in an ongoing design project about
cleaning products. Afterwards the team worked on ideas based on the winning
concepts from this workshop.
A second workshop was designed for a working team at a company of wood
floor production, in order to identify what future steps to take. The outcome
emphasized what the team needed as well as desired to be working on next.
In collaboration with the same wood floor producer, a third workshop was
also designed as a part of the company’s design competition. This workshop
aimed to making the competitors share their personal experiences of the
theme of the competition. The workshop resulted in a joint creation of understanding
and knowledge about the company’s demands and desires of the
In order to broaden my perspective on the method, I carried out a number of
interviews, for example with MiL Institute, who is working with management
training and coaching, and with Ordrum, who offers training in communication.
To support mutual learning in the workshops, aspects of knowledge and
learning are additionally included in the study.
The exploration shows the advantage of using prepared ambiguous materials
as part of the framework of a workshop, for supporting divergent thinking;
individual and collective storytelling; diversity of ideas; and collaboration
between people. Additionally the exploration indicates that people’s involvement
in participatory workshops may create more responsibility of the design,
through the experience of a shared ownership of the process.
Moreover, it points out the challenge of working co-creationally in design
work, also through the design process of workshops.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 52 p.
co-creation, co-design, collaboration, communication, design process, human-centered design, involve, mutual learning, participatory workshop, sensemaking, sharing experience
delaktig, design, designprocess, erfarenhet, involvera, kommunikation, möte, processorienterad, samskapande, vuxenlärande, workshop
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-21224OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-21224DiVA: diva2:567439
Ergonomidesign AB, AB Gustaf Kähr
Subject / course
Design, Master Programme, 120 credits
2011-05-26, Nybrosalen, DE, Pukebergarnas väg 61, Nybro, 10:00 (English)
B.-N. Sanders, Elizabeth, Ph.D.
Westerlund, Bo, Ph.D.