To prompt engagement among workshop participants, we will structure the workshop around short provocation presentations and group activities, including interactive panel discussions, a design session, and a planning forum. Our tentative schedule is as follows:
8:45–9:00am Organizer welcome and participant introductions
To give attendees visibility and voice from the start, all workshop participants will introduce themselves, their affiliation and background, and how their work connects to the theme and goals of the workshop.
9:00–9:10am Presentation on a topic related to the nature(s) of social engagement
We start with a short (~5–8 min) provocative talk — that is, aimed at provoking thoughts, questions, and discussion as opposed to detailing findings from previous research. The presenter will be selected from invited attendees based on 1) whether interest in giving a talk was expressed in the attendee’s workshop submission, 2) how much we believe the talk will catalyze group engagement, and 3) how well the talk topic will have synergy with the other presentations. The goal of this session is to kick-off the day with a thought-provoking and interesting set of challenges and ideas.
9:10–10:50am Rotating-panel discussion on the many technical dimensions of social engagement
This energetic talk will be followed by a group discussion about the technical implications of designing for social engagement in the PI domain. A rotating panel format will provide all workshop participants with opportunities to ask and answer questions of the presenter and each other. Organizers will pose initial questions to seed discussion, and the panel configuration will start with 4–5 participants who specifically engaged with this topic in their position papers. As discussion progresses, panelists will invite others from the audience to swap places, sharing the spotlight and providing opportunities to hear new voices. Involvement from all attendees will be strongly encouraged but not required. Goals of this session are 1) to begin to articulate and delineate challenges and opportunities in this domain and 2) to identify and coordinate the expertise in the room.
11:00–11:10am Presentation on data representation & display
This session focuses on another short provocation (~7–10 min) presentation by a willing workshop participant who has expertise in a topic related to visualization, interface designs, and representations of personal data. The goal of this session is to kick-off a discussion about the choices we make as system designers regarding what counts as personal data, how we provide access to users through visual and other types of representations of data, and how we consider multiple forms of literacies and the values of different types of stakeholders when we build tools.
11:10am–12:30pm Design activity: Visually representing social connections
To provide a focal point for discussing different roles, configurations, and relationships among social entities (and how we represent them), participants will be asked to create a series of sketches or collages that represent different aspects of social systems they encounter in their research and in their own lives. Attendees will be encouraged and coached in using simple graphic elements (i.e., lines, points, and color) to make tangible the ways in which we think about our own social support networks, how we conceptualize the social structures that influence participants in our research, and ideas we have for where, when, and why PI systems can intervene in and across these social systems. Resulting visual artifacts will be used to inform the sharing of different perspectives we bring to our work and to challenge preconceptions about the ways that social relations influence personal data practices.
2:00–2:10pm Presentation on topic related to ethics, privacy, brokerage, and sharing
This third and final short presentation will highlight a topic related to ethics and privacy concerns that stem from sharing personal data for collective sense-making.
2:10–3:50pm Rotating-panel discussion on ethics, privacy, and longitudinal use
Like the earlier rotating discussion, this panel will provide attendees with opportunity to discuss the many challenges related to who sees what data, when, and under what circumstances. An important aspect of this topic is the ways these factors can evolve, so this discussion will also provide the group with space to discuss the impacts of social change over time. The goal of this session is to round out discussions of technical challenges and issues of representation by addressing the ethical imperatives imbedded in building PI systems for collective engagement.
4:00–5:00pm Synthesis and planning
The workshop will conclude with participants identifying and discussing cross-cutting themes and takeaways from presentations, panels, and design activities. Organizers will specifically encourage participants to surface critical concerns, open questions, and otherwise complex issues relevant to the workshop’s themes that may not be a common part of other discourses and formats within the CSCW program. In looking forward, we will also plan concrete next steps attendees can push on, including new collaborations, subsequent workshops at future CSCWs and/or other related conferences, and possible journal special issues.
5:00–5:15pm Closing remarks from organizers and call to action (next steps)
6:00pm Dinner (optional but encouraged attendance)