Making a place for technology in communities: PlaceCal and the capabilities approach
Dr Stefan White and studio founder Dr Kim Foale introduce Community Technology Partnerships.
In this academic paper first published in Information, Communication & Society in 2020, Stefan and Kim explore how a ‘capability approach’ to information technology in neighbourhoods with low social capital can create embedded and sustainable Community Technology Partnerships (CTPs). These can connect residents and institutions together, reducing barriers to social participation and collaborative action.
The paper also explores the initial implementation and early success and potential of our PlaceCal platform, with insight into its potential future, and challenges it may face.