January 8, 2013
Convivial Toolbox is about generative design research, an approach to bring people we serve through design directly into the design process in order to ensure that we can meet their needs and dreams for the future. Generative design research gives people on language with which they can imagine and express their ideas and dreams for future experience. Convivial Toolbox is about the future the provides for and supports the use of convivial tools.
Until now, only experts such as designers, engineers and business people have been involved in making industrial tools for people. Convivial tools must be made with the people, not only for the people who are being served through design. This book presents a toolbox of generative research methods, tools and techniques, and their underlying principles, the can be used to inform and inspire futures that will support community and conviviality.
This book is for people who work (or who aim to work) in the front-end of the design process to innovate in human-centered ways or to facilitate cultural transformation. It is for people who want to change how we live and work and play for the better. It is for people who seek a better balance of industrial and convivial ways of living. The book is also for people who are trying to understand people in deep ways as might be the situation for applied social scientists.