Making civic initiatives last

In this workshop we aim to collect experiences, tools, and insights that help civic initiatives last beyond a project lifespan. To that purpose, we bring together researchers and practitioners interested in how to make civic initiatives have a lasting impact. We welcome participants with different interests: from active participants in citizen-driven initiatives, over companies working in this domain to researchers investigating how project outcomes affect people’s capacity to act on their ideas and desires.

During the workshop we will collaboratively explore how researchers and practitioners might contribute to making civic initiatives last through design. What tools, methods, platforms, sensibilities or civic resources are needed? What legal frameworks are missing? And what research agendas are outstanding?

Check out the full workshop description in workshop abstract available here

How the workshop runs

The workshop will take place 6-7 July and will be structured as shared video-call sessions as well as working together in smaller groups with participants around individual workshop themes and cases. This organisation allows us to accommodate DIS 2020’s  online conference format, and the different time zones we may all be in, and preparation workload will be light. Instead, there will be ample opportunity to meet, present, and network in the shared sessions. During the workshop we will discuss the work of each participant in relation to the overarching themes and collaboratively produce an outline for an edited volume on making civic initiatives last.


In order to participate in this workshop, you must submit a single poster (A2 PDF format) by June 5th 23:59 (anywhere) to describing your own work or a specific project you worked on, as well as what motivates your interest in the workshop, and how your work relates to the workshop themes. Make clear in your submission which of these themes your submission refers to:

  • Tools and technology
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Methods, approaches, processes and activities
  • Value and meaning
  • Processes to bridge the participation divide

Workshop results

The output of the workshop will be the start of an outline of an edited volume with participants as writers on individual chapters, and the workshop organizers as the editors. The volume will not be peer reviewed, but open-access and freely available, and will be advertised widely.


Stay tuned and for now: submit your workshop poster.