Systemic Mapping and Design Research: Towards Participatory Democratic Engagement

Juan de la Rosa, Stan Ruecker, Carolina Giraldo Nohora

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This article presents an argument to extend possibilities and discussions about the role of design in democratic participation. We ground this argument in case studies and observations of several grassroots experimental participatory design workshops run with the intention of producing spaces for community deliberation and a tangible transformation of these communities. These cases show how systemic mapping and prototyping are used to increase community understanding of how potential futures represent values systems that should correspond to the values the community would like to see in place. The methodologies used on these workshops are presented it here as an opportunity to question the role of design in democratic deliberation and policy making.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)282-298
Number of pages17
JournalShe Ji
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2021


  • Democratic deliberation
  • Design research
  • Participatory design
  • Policymaking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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