Carl DiSalvo talks about communities of practice and collaborative design processes. The Growbot Garden workshops consist of discussion and prototypes, both dialog and making. He explains:
“Speculative design and engagement design is public design: it takes place in public, with the public, it is a construction of public (using John Dewey’s idea of public as the basis of democracy assemblies of people to address issues).
The assembly of people (the public) focus around an object (a design), rather than the issues -there is a network of people around the object / issues, and is the constitution of the public space in the Dewey sense, but addressing issues through design and through the object.”