As I mentioned above, Natalie, Susan and I were asked to run the first Thingclash workshop at Thingscon in Amsterdam this week. We did so as a kind of prototyping workshop—not using physical electronics or devices as was happening next door, but using ideas instead. Using a starter card set designed by Emma Charleston, we asked our (overflow) participants to break different “things” down into their capabilities, limitations and applications, and walk them through some possibly unexpected contexts with unforeseen users to uncover emerging frictions between social needs, values and the technology itself. It seemed to work well, and we have some notes on refinements to the workshop and exercises that we’ll take to the next iteration. Thanks to Bob Van Irsel for this writeup.