Parliament of Species
A citizen science project researching public response to antibiotic resistant bacteria through collaborative future making.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is an issue that is impacting the world at different scales, from the microscopic size of a bacterial infection to the local and global consequences of resistance, threatening the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi.
During the course Design and Social Innovation (MSc IxD), our group devised the Parliament of Species, a policy making project where we invite citizens to explore AMR through the entangled scales in which it manifests. A speculative world-making process uses "entities" to affords the participant a contextual understanding and the ability to contribute with their knowledge and imagination.
Following a number of workshops with leading AMR researchers, we implemented the collaborative policy making process as an online platform, simultaneously enabling asynchronous participation and open access to the policy archive. The platform tracks the state of the world, a reflecting the acceptance of the currently canonical policies. Read more about the project in our paper.
During the project, I was especially responsible for the full-stack web development, using Clojure(script) and Datomic. The Parliament and its API is no longer live, but the code is free and open source for anyone to analyze and use. The project was conducted with Leyla Allendes, Anaëlle Beignon, Veronica Giraldo, Marsali Miller and Alexandra Veskoukis in collaboration with researchers at RISE and Malmö University. The beautiful entity portraits are drawn by Veronica Giraldo.