How to foster DiDIY through collaborative tools

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The problem is…

Although there are now many different collaborative tools available, it is difficult to use them to foster DiDIY or apply it strategically due to a lack of specific guidelines available. It is also hard to get training to use them and to find the right collaborators.

The proposed solution might apply when

Public and private organisation can apply the fundamental features of DiDIY or be inspired by the phenomenon to improve a service or a strategy, to innovate some working modality, to activate new forms of collaboration, and also to solve social, environmental and even political challenges. Collaborative tools might be used when there is a large amount of data that would be best dealt with through a structured process with a collaborative and empathic approach, or when it is necessary to gain knowledge from different specialists involved in a project.

The solution proposed is…

The use of a specific toolkit and guidelines that can immerse people in the social and cultural context of Digital DIY by fostering collaboration both with peers and with experts. Guidelines provide inspiring scenarios as challenging areas to possibly work on that are opened by the phenomena of Digital DIY.

The expected outcome is…

Fostering creativity, generate innovation and winning ideas through the use of DiDIY in different fields. Local institution (private and public), small medium enterprises, large organization, local hub, FabLabs, makers and DiDIYers can have benefits from the toolkit.

Other information


The toolkit and guidelines is a powerful means for accessing and making explicit people's (also tacit) needs, desires and aspirations for the construction of new possible futures that rely on the DiDIY fundamental features.

Significant influencing factors


Digital DIY co-design toolkit and guidelines Co-creation Toolkit by WAAG Playbook Open Care by We Make

Related Patterns

Designer in DiDIY, How to help people to apply a strategic design approach to technologies

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