Build Scaffolds. Inspire Articulations. Make New Knowledge. And Repeat.
Access to information technology can make our lives easier, of course, but how people are affected and the sharing of their experience is where we can find meaning.
The diagram below maps 8 author positions around the roles and implications of technology and the meaning of experience and context. Click on the diagram for a full view:
In What We Talk About When We Talk About Context Paul Dourish describes the interaction of information or object and activity as an alternate concept of context. Context as an interactional problem is the relationship of dynamic objects and activities.
But object interaction is more than the transmission of information, as Bohnear describes in Affect: From Information to Interaction, it can be a form of social action, which achieves social ends collectively, in ways in which collective meaning shapes individual experience.
So if you build scaffolds (supportive frameworks) people will articulate their own experiences that can be interpreted for new knowledge for others.