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Prototyping Interdisciplinary Collaboration


Thomas Maiorana

Interdisciplinary collaboration is critical to addressing systemic challenges. Given the importance of such partnerships, is it surprising that designers, academics, and practitioners are rarely given a chance to practice how they might work across disciplinary boundaries. In this session, participants will briefly share their research to explore potential connections and highlight the differences between transactional and relational interdisciplinary collaboration frameworks. Through structured activities, participants will explore constituent elements of partnerships, including collaborative foundations, power relationships, language and means of expression, approaches to risk, products of the collaboration, and the potential for transformative outcomes. These attributes help distinguish between transactional and relational interdisciplinary collaboration and offer participants language and frameworks that can be used to construct more effective cultures of collaboration.

Keywords: collaboration, interdisciplinary, language, power relationships, transformation, prototyping, prototype

Pre-proceedings drafts are available for RSD11 participants to review. The corresponding paper number is at the end of the title. The papers have been peer-reviewed, and the authors have made revisions. Following RSD11, authors will have a final period to revise their work from the feedback received at RSD before the proceedings are formally published.

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Suggested Citation Format (APA)

Author(s) (20XX). Article title. Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSDX) Symposium.