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Exploratory workshop using abstract collaging to reflect on university-society collaborations


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Participatory Innovation Conference 2018


Collaborating with society (businesses, industry and municipalities) is a common practice for many universities today. To support such collaborations, there is a need to share and evaluate these practices. This research explores the use of creative and visual methods from Participatory Design to support reflective practice in university-society collaborations. The paper describes an exploratory workshop consisting of an abstract collage-making exercise and a list of questions. The purpose of this workshop is to see how the visual exercise could support discussions about university- society collaborations and to develop future studies. The results from the workshop show that using abstract collages generated multiple interpretations and metaphors about the visualized collaborations. The collage-making exercise prompted discussions about the interrelationship between collaboration, innovation processes and knowledge creation. It also stimulated playful interactions between participants. Moreover, the workshop participants gave valuable feedback on how to develop materials and questions to discuss university- society collaborations.


author = {Laura Gottlieb},
title = {Exploratory workshop using abstract collaging to reflect on university-society collaborations},
month = {April},
year = {2018},
booktitle = {Participatory Innovation Conference 2018},
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