This just came up on the anthrodesign mailing list - and thought it
would be of interest to folk here.
(forwarded with permission from Chris)
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From: Chris Heape <chris@...
Date: 27 March 2013 12:13
Subject: Re: [anthrodesign] How can designers and researchers get along?
I've been following this thread from the sidelines rather.
If I might take the liberty I'd like to point you in this direction:
SPIRE - The Sønderborg Participatory Innovation Research Centre at the
Mads Clausen Institute, University of Southern Denmark.
The centre has made a concerted effort to research much of what has
been discussed in the thread.
The paper that launched the term Participatory Innovation is:
Buur & Matthews (2007) "Participatory Innovation" - International
Journal of Innovation Management, Vol. 12, No. 3 (Sept. 2008) pp.
As to the thread's discussion of the various conflict of interests
that inevitably emerge between those involved in an interdisciplinary
innovation or design and research endeavour, we consider the notion of
conflict and resultant tension as actually contributing to the process
In other words conflict can be cultivated rather than be avoided at
all costs. That is if one can create situations and processes by which
one can leverage the various interpretations of those involved.
A paper that describes this is:
Buur & Larsen (2010) "The quality of conversations in participatory
innovation" - CoDesign, Vol. 6, No. 3, September 2010, 121–138
The notion of leveraging variations of interpretation stems
principally from the work done by Stacey, Griffin and Shaw on complex
responsive processes. For example Stacey, Griffin & Shaw (2000)
"Complexity and Management" - Routledge, London and New York.
There are a number of other references to Stacey et al in the Buur &
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