New value transactions: Understanding and designing for distributed autonomous organisations

Bettina Nissen, Kate Symons, Ella Tallyn, Chris Speed, Deborah Maxwell, John Vines

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New digital technologies such as Blockchain and smart contracting are rapidly changing the face of value exchange, and present exciting new opportunities for designers. This one-day workshop will explore the implications of emerging and future technologies using the lens of Distributed Autonomous Organisations (DAOs). DAOs introduce the principle that products and services may soon be owned and managed collectively and not by one person or authority, thus challenging traditional concepts of user communities, ownership and power. The HCI community has recently explored issues related to finance, money and collaborative practice; however, the implications of these emerging but rapidly ascending distributed organisations has not been examined. This one-day participatory workshop will combine presentations, case studies and group work sessions to understand, develop and critique these new forms of distributed power and ownership, and to practically explore how to design interactive products and services which enable, challenge or disrupt these emerging models.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS 2017 Companion - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450349918
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 2017
Event12th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2017 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Jun 201714 Jun 2017


Conference12th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Blockchain
  • Distributed autonomous organisations
  • Ownership
  • Smart contracts
  • Value exchange

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