Post D: Chinese Contemporary Culture.

Post D: Chinese Contemporary Culture.


At risk of doing the same research done by many other people on Ai Wei Wei as I looked to research the work of Technode’s research in the sharing economy in China.


The work of Technode reflects changing trends inside and outside of China. To elaborate on this sentiment, I will do a short comparative analysis of a local sharing economy and futuring organisation Frontyard, and Technode.


Frontyard is a “flexible space for practical skills-sharing, community cultural engagement and critical research, with arts at its heart”. Its stated aims are to “challenge, facilitate and nurture collaborations between people with a passion for culture and to build a more resilient and sustainable independent arts community for the future” (Frontyard, 2016).


Both Frontyard and Technode are working in the emerging real of the sharing economy. This economy enables people to share knowledge from ‘rides, spare rooms, screw drivers, relationship advice, legal expertise and make-up tips’ (technode, 2016). It can also have more applications for the betterment of society as Frontyard is currently undertaking workshops of migration. These workshops are futuring sessions that look to initiate “explorations of:

– What would a xenophobia immunisation kit look like?
– If we collected past, present, and future ‘publicity’ materials related to migration, what story would these tell?
– What would a guide to ‘safe’ conversations look like? (i.e. a step-by-step guide to avoiding confrontation when interacting with people who hold different views)
– If we all engaged in conversations with people who hold different views about migration, with only the hope of trying to understand (not to sway), what would we ask them?” (Frontyard, 2016).

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Technode have looked at similar issues : ‘sometimes the line between knowledge sharing and social networking may blur, and Fenda warns against stepping on the toes of an established behemoth’… ‘Never try to build your business on the core area of a tech giant, that would only mean death. If you’re doing plain SNS, a giant will tear you to shreds, but working on something like knowledge sharing, they actually are grateful to you for complementing their service.” (technode, 2016)




All posts references:

Beyond Blue. 2016. Who We Are and What We do. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 2 November 2016].

 Fisher,T. 2016. Designing Our Way to a Better World. 1 Edition. Univ Of Minnesota Press.

Frontyard . 2016. frontyard . [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 10 November 2016].

Inns, T, 2010. Designing for the 21st Century: Volume II: Interdisciplinary Methods and Findings. New edition Edition. Routledge.

TechNode. 2016. What Does It Take To Enable A Knowledge Sharing Economy? – TechNode. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 10 November 2016].

Royal College of Art. 2016. Research Projects | Royal College of Art. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 02 November 2016].

Woo, J, 2002. Tools for helping comprehend ageing China. International Journal of Epidemiology, [Online]. 31, 772-775. Available at: [Accessed 1 November 2016].





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