1 Course Introduction & Course Tools Workshop

Kuhn, Sara, and Terry Winograd. “Participatory Design.” In Bringing Design to Software. ACM Press, 1996. ISBN: 9780201854916.

Scholz, Trebor. “Platform Cooperativism vs. the Sharing Economy.” December 5, 2014.

———. “Think Outside the Boss.” Public Seminar. April 5, 2015.

Orsi, Janelle. “The Sharing Economy Just Got Real.” Shareable, September 2013.


Skim this: Slokum, Nikki. “Participatory Methods Toolkit: A Practitioner’s Manual.” (PDF - 1.8MB) King Baudouin Foundation, 2003.

2 Project Partners

Morgan, David. “How Worker Co-ops Are Moving Beyond Capitalism.” April 11, 2015.

Schneider, Nathan. “Owning Is the New Sharing.” Shareable, December 2014.

Schneider, Nathan, Janelle Oris, et al. “5 Ways to Take Back Tech,” The Nation, May 27, 2015.

Blank, Steve, Bob Dorf. Chapter 1 in The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-by-Step Guide for Building a Great Company. K & S Ranch, 2012. ISBN: 9780984999309.


Stearn, Michelle. “‘Coopify’: A New Platform Bringing Broad-based Ownership to Your Smartphone.” January 11, 2016.

3 Design Histories, MVP (Minimum Viable Product), & Working Agreements

DiSalvo, Carl. “Design, Democracy and Agonistic Pluralism.” (PDF)

Irani, Lilly, Janet Vertesi, et al. “Postcolonial Computing: A Lens on Design and Development (PDF).” ACM, pp. 1311–20.

Rhea, Preston. “Collaborative Design Strategies for Community Technology.” New America Foundation, November 19, 2010.

Blagojevic, Vladimir. “The Ultimate Guide to Minimum Viable Products.”

Blank, Steve, and Bob Dorf. Chapters 2 & 3 in The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-by-Step Guide for Building a Great Company. K & S Ranch, 2012. ISBN: 9780984999309.


Kapor, Mitchell. “A Software Design Manifesto.” In Bringing Design to Software. ACM Press, 1996. ISBN: 9780201854916.

Norman, Donald A. “Human-Centered Design Considered Harmful.” (2005): 14–19.

4 Cooperatives & Business Model Canvas Workshop

Nembhard, Jessica G., Michael Johnson, et al. “Worker Cooperative Development Models and Approaches: A Brief Overview.” Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO) Newsletter 2, no. 8 (2011).

Palmer, Tim. U.S. Worker Cooperatives: A State of the Sector (PDF). Democracy at Work Institute. 2015.

Osterwalder, Alexander, and Yves Pigneur. “Business Model Generation.” (PDF - 5.3MB) pp. 14–49.


Watch: Shift Change (2012)

Sytsma, Michael. “Capital Continuum: A Roadmap to Business Financing.” Grand Rapids Business Journal. March 15, 2003.

Andrews, A. Michael. “Appendix 2: Debt and Equity Instruments.” (PDF - 3.3MB) Survey of Co-operative Capital. International Co-operative Alliance.

5 Present Canvas, Discuss Risks & Customer Development Workshop

Gothelf, Jeff, and Josh Seiden. Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience. O’Reilly Media, 2013. ISBN: 9781449311650. [Preview with Google Books]

Constable, Giff. “Talking to Humans.” (PDF - 2.1MB)

6 Human Centered Design & Paper Prototyping Workshop

Skim: IDEO. The Field Guide to Human-Centered Design (free to download as PDF, but you’ll need to create an account)

Lee, Panthea. “Design Research: What Is It and Why Do It?Reboot. February 19, 2012.


Chipchase, Jan, and Younghee Jung. “Nokia Open Studios.”

Browse: Jan Chipchase on Research Methods

Browse: UNICEF, Principles for Digital Development

7 Appropriation, Innovation & Midpoint Evaluations

Eglash, Ron. “Appropriating Technology: An Introduction.” (PDF) In Appropriating Technology: Vernacular Science and Social Power. Unniversity of Minnesota Press, 2004, pp. vii–xxi. ISBN: 9780816634279. [Preview with Google Books]

Buy at MIT Press Von Hippel, Eric. “Application: Toolkits for User Innovation and Custom Design.” In Democratizing Innovation. MIT Press, 2005. ISBN: 9780262002745.

8 DiscoTechs, Design Jams & Hackathons

Briggs, Charles. Chapters 1, 3, 5, and 6 in Learning How to Ask: A Sociolinguistic Appraisal of the Role of the Interview in Social Science Research (Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language). Cambridge University Press, 1986. ISBN: 9780521311137. [Preview with Google Books]

Discotech Zine. Detroit Digital Justice Coalition. July 1, 2012.

Maxigas. “Hacklabs and Hackerspaces – Tracing Two Genealogies.” Journal of Peer Production, no. 2 (Bio / Hardware Hacking).

DeTar, Charlie. “Hackathons Don’t Solve Problems.” MIT Center for Civic Media. May 16, 2013.

9 Present Paper Prototype I No assigned readings
10 Landing Pages, User Acquisition, and Analytics Workshop No assigned readings
11 Present Progress No assigned readings
12 Looking forward with Participatory Economics & Project Session Albert, Michael. “Participatory Economics Part 1: Origins, Heritage, and Substance.” Znet, October 10, 2015.
13 Project Session No assigned readings
14 Last Class – Final Project Presentation No assigned readings