Designing Organizational Havens for Creative Collaborative Problem-Naming

21 May 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Manawatu campus - Turitea
GLB 2.03

Creatively-named problems are the hidden driver of creative solutions, but we rarely prioritize their importance.

By re-orienting our collaborative design practices to do so, we can incorporate strategies that guide us toward the creatively-named problems on which creative, elegant solutions depend. These strategies are essential for exploring situations that are problematically-indeterminate and for responding to challenges with incomplete, contradictory, or evolving objectives. Rather than drawing us toward what is known – the

default behavior of most conventional ‘multi-disciplinary’ efforts, these strategies are designed to support us in discovering and engaging what we do not know. As they inherently challenge conventional practice, they necessarily require an intentional organizational haven that protects and nurtures them.

Through reviewing a series of experiences from a broad range of design environments, I will discuss the underlying design sensibilities I have found effective for establishing such havens in my own practice. In such havens, creative problemnaming and elegant problem-solving not only become possible - they become synergistically intertwined.

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