Armstrong , Helen. Stojmirovic, Zvezdana. Participate, Designing with User-Generated Content. New York: Princeton Architectural Press , 2011. Print.
The book discusses four different aspects of participatory design – Community, Modularity, Flexibility and Technology. It provides numerous use cases, has interviews with artists. It is a good general introduction to participatory design.
McKnight , John. The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods.San Francisco: Berret-Koehler Publishers, 2010. Print.
John McNight and Peter Block have done extensive research on community development. Their main proposition is that efforts should be focused on discovering the community’s assets and providing ways for connecting the gifts that each individual has. Only then will a community develop a sustainable system of exchange, connection and care. Numerous articles can be found here as well – www.theabundantcommunity.com. This is where I got the idea of focusing on the assets of the community to combat negative perceptions.
Bandura, Albert. Self-Efficacy in Changing Societies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995. Print.
Bandura has substantial research on self-efficacy (both individual and group) and its relation to performance and attitude to life.
Bandura, Albert. Social Foundations of Thought and Action: A Social Cognitive Theory, 1985. Print.
The Social Cognitive Theory as proposed by Bandura asserts that an individual’s actions and reactions, including social behavior and cognitive processes in almost every situations are influenced by the actions the individual has observed in others. Two of the factors that influence self-efficacy are the experience of mastery and modeling, both can be studied in the context of projects requiring community involvement. I am thinking of exploring the effect of participation on boosting personal self-efficacy.
Boardman, Jason. Robert, Stephanie.”Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status and Perceptions of Self-Efficacy”. Sociological Perspectives 43.1 (2000): 117-136. Print.
The article studies the effect of socioeconomic status of neighborhoods on group and personal self-efficacy. It also talks about how experiencing an efficacious actions or “seeing and visualizing other similar people perform successfully can raise self-percept of efficacy in observers.”
Kumar, Vijay. 101 Design Methods: A Structured Approach for Driving Innovation in Your Organization. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2012. Print.
The book presents an extensive collection of design methods add tools that might be helpful in designing and studying community interaction.
Senge, Peter. Smith, Bryan. Kruschwitz, Nina. Laur, Joe, Schley, Sara. The Necessary Revolution: Working Together to Create a Sustainable World. New York: Broadway Books, 2008. Print.
The book explores the challenges and opportunities when working with groups especially on sustainability issues.
Alinsky, Saul. Rules for Radicals. A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals. New York: Vintage Books, 1971. Print.
Pink, Daniel. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. Canongate Books, 2010. Print.
Since I am interested in the way perceptions affect self-efficacy and how reshaping perceptions can bring about behavioral change. Social cognitive theory studies the relationship between actual and perceived ability (self-efficacy) and how it can be motivating or discouraging. It will be interesting to see what Daniel Pink thinks about that. I am interested in what drives motivation because design in a community context inevitably deals with motivation.
Pink, Daniel. A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future. New York : Riverhead Books, 2006. Print.
Danie Pink’s perspective on creative thinking and problem solving and the future of design,
Brown, Tim. Change by design: how design thinking can transform organizations and inspire innovation. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 2009. Print.
The title is self-explanatory. Although I will not be working with companies, I expect that most of the propositions in the book will be valid for community environment.
Senge, Peter. The Fifth Discipline., Doubleday/Currency, 2006. Print
Watzlawick , Paul. Weakland , John H. Fisch, Richard. Change: Principles of Problem Formation and Problem Resolution, 1974. Print.
Capra, Fritjof. The Hidden Connections: A Science for Sustainable Living. New York : Anchor Books, c2004. Print.
Singer, Peter. One World: The Ethics of Globalization. New Heaven & London: Yale University Press, 2002. Print
Johnson, Steven. Where good ideas come from : the natural history of innovation. New York : Riverhead Books, 2010.