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Title: Collective wondering : enabling productive uncertainty in agroecological codesign
Authors: Wernli, M 
Issue Date: 2021
Source: CoDesign, 2021, v. 18, no. 1, p. 95-114
Abstract: This paper explores the transformative relations of unknowable possibility in three urban communities which upcycle human waste. Working with communities – human and nonhuman – is approached by applying the dynamic model of collective wondering conceived as (i) provisional proposition, (ii) responsiveness to difference, and (iii) affirmation in/of uncertainty. The communities act in concert with people, microbes, and earthworms to address unsustainable food systems. Their profoundly self-implicating engagement on the material, social and cultural level stems from a pendulation between actionable immersion (wondering at) and perspectival detachment (wondering about). Community – understood as togetherness in wondering – becomes a conduit for imaginative, counter-intuitive thinking, and doing that can diversify existent, dominant, and hegemonic perspectives. Three agroecological cases illustrate how cultivating a rich, interactive context for exchanging or moving positions give birth to a plurality of perspectives, human and nonhuman, on the world. Since physical, social, and cultural positions in people and groups are never fully determined, codesign that provides ample possibility for repositioning – including unsettling bathroom routines, group debates, compost care, and agroecological tinkering – is crucial for opening perspectives and influencing how people act in close relation with unknowable otherness.
Keywords: Agroecological exploration
Human waste
Situational analysis
Social creativity
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Journal: CoDesign 
ISSN: 1571-0882
EISSN: 1745-3755
DOI: 10.1080/15710882.2021.2001534
Rights: © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
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