Monthly Archives: April 2010
The recent Science of Team Science conference used a lot of key phrases to describe the challenges and opportunities ahead, but design was not one of them. Can Stanford’s new dschool building and the way it puts itself together serve as a lesson for addressing these problems and challenges?
The second day of the Science of Team science conference wrapped up. This post muses aloud about why team science might be here to stay and how it may serve as the ideal response to practicing research on wicked problems in a complex world.
The Artist, The Audience and the Knowledge Translator: The Case of Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull
George Lucas is an artist and he creates films he wants to create, while giving some credence to the desires of his fans. But just some. Is the same phenomenon something that replicates in knowledge translation? And if so, is that a good thing or should scientists be held to a different set of standards and respond more to what the end users want?
Posted on April 16, 2010
In the health sciences we are dominated by text as our primary means of communicating. This is a habit that doesn’t really account for how people come up with ideas and learn. Perhaps its time for a change: bring a sketchbook to your next meeting.
Communicating about research used to be something left to journalists, but not anymore. The need for the scientist to start communicating their research with the outside world is here and CIHR and other organizations are leading the charge to motivate scientists to be better at sharing what they do and what they find with the public.
Posted on April 11, 2010
The environmental problems of today require new ways of thinking says a recent Worldchanging post on environmental sustainability and increasingly this looks more like four pillars coming together: design, systems, integration and resilience.
Posted on April 8, 2010
If design thinking is to escape the trap of being trendy towards impactful, the methods that it uses must improve their rigour and testing. This post explores the challenges and opportunities for design thinking to consider it as more than thinking, but also of action.