, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 147–158 | Cite as

Creativity and design to articulate difference in the conflicted city: collective intelligence in Bogota’s grassroots organisations

  • Leonardo Parra-AgudeloEmail author
  • Jaz Hee-jeong Choi
  • Marcus Foth
  • Carlos Estrada
Open Forum


This paper presents a critical reflection on insights into the ongoing endeavours for community engagement by Ayara and MAL; two urban grassroot organisations in Bogota, Colombia, where a long history of internal conflicts has resulted in diverse human right violations. The paper presents examples of the grassroots organisations’ unique methods of engagement that promotes building collective intelligence from the bottom–up through creative collaboration and design processes, leading to rebuilding social fabrics that support the common good for the people of Bogota.


Collective intelligence Adversarial design Community engagement Capacity building Colombia Post-conflict Urban grassroots activism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leonardo Parra-Agudelo
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jaz Hee-jeong Choi
    • 1
  • Marcus Foth
    • 1
  • Carlos Estrada
    • 1
  1. 1.Queensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia

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