“Designers and technologists find themselves working with new technologies, like blockchain, AI, Internet of Things and digital platforms. There are no well-trodden paths or extensive template libraries that can be easily implemented. And, these technologies are not simply neutral tools. They come with their own affordances and limitations that set the stage for eventual interaction between community members.
In addition, designers must explore how the systems they are building can be best designed to address the values of the resource community. Rather than optimizing for the most efficient service at the individual level or the most economical use of resources, these communities often aim to strengthen their social relations and contribute to environmental sustainability. Yet, not all of these values may be clear from the get-go, and tensions may arise between the different values at play and the various interests of stakeholders, as well as the affordances of the technologies involved.”