A design thinking workshop exploring how to use (virtual) ethnography to understand human experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Rebecca Otten will be a speaker in Ashoka U’s "Leading for Resilience and Relevance in Higher Ed", a two-part virtual series for educators and leaders in higher education seeking to harness the power of changemaking in the classroom and across campus.
Otten is a Professor of Practice and the Director of Strategy & Engagement at the Taylor Center, and the former director of the Tulane School of Architecture’s minor in Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (SISE).
This month the Research and Scholarship Team is piloting a new writing challenge structure: a November writing support group.
This semester is coming to a close and to say that it has been challenging does not fully express the arduous nature of Fall 2020. Keeping this in mind and with Thanksgiving quickly approaching, we are hosting a two-week writing support group. We want to create an empathetic space for researchers and scholars to accomplish personal writing goals while coping with the effects of multiple stressors (the global pandemic, recent hurricane, presidential election, upcoming holiday season, or any other personal obstacles we may not know about).
This is a workshop that explores poetry as a design research tool applicable in the current environment of a pandemic. Poetry Activism helps in engagement with communities, understanding their positive and negative experiences in a way that can lead to greater societal impact. The aim is to see poetry as a simple method of expression and integrate it as a source of creative and self-healing outlet that could potentially be used as resourceful data in research.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it necessary to explore different ways of thinking and re-imagining new futures. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to co-creation methods that focus on the future, in particular Critical Utopian Action Research (CUAR), a research method that allows people to be critical of the present, dream of utopia, and then to take action. This method combines utopian thinking and social learning to act upon critical experience and co-create visionary ideas directed by imagining better futures. Participants will learn how other researchers have used this method in their own work, with a particular emphasis on how it has been used in design research. Finally, participants will learn to use CUAR-based approaches in a few short activities.
How does our own bias get in the middle of our design decisions? We are driven by how we are brought up, the way we think, our past and current relationships, our circle of friends, how fast we move, and how anxious we get with little things. These factors influence our style, the way we write, the colors we choose, the way we design products. But we forget one thing... Our body and mind are constantly evolving towards a state that requires more and more attention.
Please join us and Marcelo Paiva, UX Manager for UKG, and one of South Florida's most active design community leaders and speakers. He's always happy to share his knowledge from over 15 years of building efficient design teams, solving complex systems challenges, and developing thoughtful expertise to foster modern design systems practices in Agile development environments for mobile and web applications.
See things from someone else's perspective: put on a different thinking hat and join us as Taylor Center Design Thinking Graduate Assistants Niesha Ford, Natalie Hudanick and Dr. Shaymaa Abdalal walk you through De Bono's Six Thinking Hats, a brainstorming technique looking at multiple perspectives of a problem.