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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




Citation Data

Author(s): Thomas Maiorana
Year: 2022
Title: Prototyping Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD11
Article No.: 052
Host: University of Brighton
Location: Brighton, UK
Symposium Dates: October 3–16, 2022
First published: 30 September 2022
Last update: 30 April 2023
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404