Contact Quality in Participation: A “Sensethic” Perspective

Publication: Research - peer-reviewArticle in proceedings

We investigate the concept of participation from the perspective of quality of the contact in the communicative interactions between participants. We argue for the need for an academic-personal competence that qualifies the human contact central in all Participatory Design (PD) activities as a way to contribute to “an era of participation.” We describe a contact perspective in PD developed through a collaboration with body-oriented psychotherapeutic research that have specialized experiences in investigating open-minded contact and authentic meetings as body-related experiences.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th Participatory Design Conference : Short Papers, Interactive Exhibitions, Workshops - Volume 2
EditorsRachel Charlotte Smith
Number of pages4
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication dateAug 2016
ISBN (print)978-1-4503-4136-3
StatePublished - Aug 2016
Event14th Participatory Design Conference - Aarhus, Denmark


Conference14th Participatory Design Conference
LocationAarhus University

Bibliographical note

Simonsen, J., and O. Storm Jensen (2016): “Contact Quality in Participation: A “Sensethic” Perspective,” in C. Bossen, R.C. Smith, A.M. Kanstrup, L. Huybrechts, J. Vines, and K. Bødker (Eds.) Proceedings of the 14th Participatory Design Conference, August 15-19, 2016, Aarhus, Denmark: Participatory Design in an era of participation, Vol. II, ACM, pp. 45-48.


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