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Welcome to the VSD Coop! Coop is short for cooperative. A cooperative is an autonomous group of people mobilizing around a common set of aspirations or concerns.

As one piece in this effort, our goal is to build a space to share educational resources, including:

  • Bibliographies
  • Case studies
  • Class activities
  • Content modules
  • Design projects
  • Presentations
  • Syllabi
  • Video lectures and demonstrations
  • Writing exercises
  • ...

Coops are jointly owned and democratically controlled. As such, the coop is organized on a wiki. This means anyone is welcome to contribute content and resources, as well as edit existing content. We would like for the Coop to be as useful a resource as possible to as many people as possible. As such, when you are adding resources to the Coop, please use our style guide as a reference for what to include.

What is Value Sensitive Design?

Value sensitive design (VSD) seeks to provide theory and method to account for human values in a principled and systematic manner throughout the design process. Central to a value sensitive design approach are analyses of both direct and indirect stakeholders; distinctions among designer values, values explicitly supported by the technology, and stakeholder values; individual, group, and societal levels of analysis; the integrative and iterative conceptual, technical, and empirical investigations; and a commitment to progress (not perfection).

Suggested readings on value sensitive design:

  • Friedman, B., & Hendry, D. G. (2019). Value Sensitive Design: Shaping Technology with Moral Imagination. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Friedman, B., Hendry, D. G., and Borning, A. (2017). A survey of value sensitive design methods. Foundations and Trends in Human-Computer Interaction, 11 (23), 63-125.
  • Friedman, B., & Hendry, D. (2012). The envisioning cards: a toolkit for catalyzing humanistic and technical imaginations. Proceedings of the 2012 ACM annual conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '12) (pp.1145-1148). New York: ACM Press.
  • Friedman, B., Nathan, L. P., Kane, S., and Lin, J. Envisioning Cards. University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA, 2011.

Related Approaches

There are other excellent approaches for the design of technology that accounts for human values. Many of them share similar commitments and are sympathetic to the concerns of VSD, though the specifics of each approach may vary. Here is a incomplete list of some other approaches, please feel free to expand it:

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