Wicked Problems, Tech, and the Community

Community Day will take place on June 20, 2021, the day before the regular sessions of the Communities and Technologies conference in Seattle. 

You can join the Community Day using this link.

Community Day is a free event that we hope can help inform the research community about the practice community—and vice versa. It was going to be in the physical city we call Seattle but other phenomena intervened. This is the first time the C&T conference is offering a Community Day and we hope to learn from our successes (and mistakes) for future Community Days. 

If you are here *only* for Community Day, register here.

If you are planning to attend the full C&T 2021 Event, Register here.
If you are very late for registration, please reach out to konstantin.aal@uni-siegen.de

Wicked Problems, Tech, and the Community

Our purpose is to encourage productive conversations in which academics and researchers directly interact with community members and activists about the tools they need and their views and experiences with technology. Community Day will be a day of mutual learning as both groups have specific useful knowledge and insights that the other group might not have. The idea is to help bring deeper understanding of the realities of communities and technologies by focusing on those issues as they are manifested in the host city.

Community Day should be of interest to anybody who is interested in community and its relation to technology. It should be of special interest to community organizers, social service and other professionals, community tech practitioners, journalists, educators, artists, activists, community managers, and all others with a stake in community life. Many issue areas are relevant but issues such as social justice, inclusion, democracy and misinformation, environmentalism, public health, homelessness and displacement, and labor rights are likely to be on the agenda.

Finally, it is our hope and intention to help move this work forward via our findings and our new relationships.

Schedule (Sunday, June 20, all times PDT)

8:30 – 9:00 Registration and logging in

9:00 – 9:30   Welcome and Introduction

Who we are and why we’re here. And what’s a wicked problem anyway?

9:30 – 10:45   Panel Discussion ~~~ Seattle Facing Wicked Problems

* Maru Mora Villalpando, Co-founder and community organizer, La Resistencia

* Miranda Marti, co-lead, 350 Seattle Maritime Solutions Team

* Roxanne White, Missing and Murdered Indigenous People / MMIP and Their Families

10:45 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 12:30 pm Workshops

Animating Climate Campaigns: Using the Liberating Voices Pattern Language to Connect and Start New Initiatives. In this online workshop, we will explore one way for climate action initiatives to discover and strengthen their connections: applying the Liberating Voices pattern language to the thriving ecosystem of climate initiatives around the world. Organized by Aldo de Moor and Douglas Schuler

See full description and call for participation here, or sign up for this workshop here.

Design Fiction for Smart Cities in Seattle and Beyond. In this online workshop, we will try to come up with future versions and scenarios of Smart Cities with a focus on vulnerable groups. Based on the short time frame, it will be a room for exchange and a starting point for future discussion. Use the following form to register. Organized by Konstantin Aal and Tanja Ertl

See full description and registration here.

Data Inclusivity & Interpreting Data Through Arts-Based Methods. This 1.5 hour workshop will explore ways in which we as researchers can make data more inclusive. And will explore how artistic methods, such as data comics and data stories, can be used as tools for both the dissemination and exploration of data. Organized by Natasha Tylosky, Priscilla Van Even, and Annika Wolff

Registration here.

12:30 – 1:30 Community Lunches 

Not really “lunch” but an opportunity for various groups to meet up. We have established a community lunch for graduate students who are working in the community and technology field and one (or more) for people who want to keep the workshop discussions going. Other “lunches” set up as requested.

1:30 – 2:30 Moving Forward with Communities and Technologies

With commentary by Chris Coward (University of WA), Jasmine Jones (Berea College), and Lisa Nathan (University of British Columbia) we will consider the various discussions and themes of the day and look towards the future. 

Hope to see you all at Community Day, June 20, 2021!

Register for Community Day

If you are here *only* for Community Day, register here. If you intend to register for the full C&T 2021 Event, Register here.


Please send any questions and inquiries to the Community Day chair: douglas@publicsphereproject.org.

Community Day Chair

  • Douglas Schuler, Professor Emeritus, The Evergreen State College, and President, Public Sphere Project


  • Konstantin Aal, Tanja Ertl, Anna de Liddo, Matthew Horwitz, Stacy Oaks, Rebecca Deutsch, David Keyes, Chris Coward, Shelly Farnham, and many others.

Invaluable Assistance