Processes of proliferation: impact beyond scaling in sharing and collaborative economies

Lampinen, Airi, Light, Ann, Rossitto, Chiara, Fedosov, Anton, Bassetti, Chiara, Bernat, Aniko, Travlou, Penny and Avram, Gabriela (2022) Processes of proliferation: impact beyond scaling in sharing and collaborative economies. ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work, Sanibel Island, Florida, USA, January 23-26, 2022. Published in: Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction. 6 (GROUP) a41 1-22. ACM ISSN 2573-0142

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While scalability and growth are key concerns for mainstream, venture-backed digital platforms, local and location-oriented collaborative economies are diverse in their approaches to evolving and achieving social change. Their aims and tactics differ when it comes to broadening their activities across contexts, spreading their concept, or seeking to make a bigger impact by promoting co-operation. This paper draws on three pairs of European, community-centred initiatives which reveal alternative views on scale, growth, and impact. We argue thatproliferation -- a concept that emphasises how something gets started and then travels in perhaps unexpected ways -- offers an alternative toscaling, which we understand as the use of digital networks in a monocultural way to capture an ever-growing number of participants. Considering proliferation is, thus, a way to reorient and enrich discussions on impact, ambitions, modes of organising, and the use of collaborative technologies. In illustrating how these aspects relate inprocesses of proliferation, we offer CSCW an alternative vision of technology use and development that can help us make sense of the impact of sharing and collaborative economies, and design socio-technical infrastructures to support their flourishing.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Keywords: local initiative, sharing economy, collaborative economy, impact, proliferation, scaling
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
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Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2021 12:19
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2022 12:02

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