Conceptualising resourcefulness as a dispersed practice

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In research on health and wellbeing, resourcefulness is seen as an important skill that can improve quality of life. In design and HCI literature, it has long been acknowledged that resourcefulness is about more than human skills and involves the adaptation, modification and reinvention of technologies in everyday life. In this paper we argue how certain aspects of resourcefulness have so far remained under-theorized, and present a new design perspective on resourcefulness that is grounded in practice theory. In this view, resourcefulness is conceptualised as the dispersed practice of dealing with everyday crises of routine. By elaborating on the complex interplay between means and purpose, we tease out resourcefulness as a practice of reconfiguration. The paper closes by discussing implications of this conceptualisation by zooming in on ways of capturing and designing for resourcefulness. Copyright is held by the owner/author(s).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS'17 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
EditorsO. Mival
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-4922-2
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventDIS'17 The 2017 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Jun 201714 Jun 2017


ConferenceDIS'17 The 2017 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
CountryUnited Kingdom


  • Dispersed practice
  • Practice theory
  • Resourcefulness
  • Thing ethnography


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