Technology-mediated participatory systems facilitate collaborative effort by citizens, enhancing the opportunities to address large-scale problems such as those arising out of climate change. Following a design science research (DSR) methodology, we present and instantiate a design framework in a developing country, India. Results from instantiation and analysis of participant interviews reveal a critical aspect to the practice of DSR: in contexts with minimal circumscription knowledge, meta-requirements informing the design can be extracted not only from kernel theories, but also be revealed from investigating their fit to the local context. This study expands the domain of research in information systems (IS) by addressing a novel theme - the provision of information and communication technology (ICT) resources for community collaboration and highlighting the innovation for its design based on socio-cultural context. We also extend ICT for development by illustrating how the reconstitution of IS innovation within the context occurs: locally understood and negotiated socio-cultural mores interacting with ICT, giving rise to an 'emergent’ culture.