(des)vestim(la): Art and responsible consumption

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Text originally published with Ricard Espelt for CCBLab on 04/02/2019 [versió català / versión castellano] Between art, research and data there is a broad and meaningful space for actions that, based on an inspiring theme, can activate collective creativity. What happens when different techniques and philosophies for the co-creation of knowledge lead us – once again, since that is where they originate – to the terrain of artistic creation, with the desire to generate reflection and extend an invitation to action typical of activism? Midway between action-research and artistic intervention, a group of interdisciplinary specialists came together at El Konvent […]

Co-design process of the co-creation materials for Sharing Cities Summit 2018

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Post originally published in the Sharing Cities webpage on 17/12/2018. This post reflects the elaboration process of a series of co-creation materials recently developed from Dimmons, with help and inputs from different people, aiming at a new co-creation strategy for the event Sharing Cities Barcelona that just took place some days ago. The focus here is mainly on the different stages of a series of iterations and discussions which lead to a first operative version of three big scale canvas, produced in collaboration between Dimmons and  Barcelona City Council. Those were used for the Meet Up of the Sharing Cities Summit, and […]

New article – Dotmocracy and planning poker for uncertainty management in collaborative research

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This study is an exploratory approach to two co-creation methods derived from digital culture, applied to collaborative research ideation and management. Specifically, it describes and analyses the use of dotmocracy (from participatory design) and planning poker (from Agile frameworks) for decision-taking and uncertainty management in the early definition of collaborative research processes. The analysis, based on participant observation and facilitation in nine collaborative research settings, identifies commonalities on how some issues of uncertainty in collaborative knowledge generation contexts can be addressed by both techniques. Results point to the possibility of using dotmocracy and planning poker for articulating decision-making processes among […]

How to write collaboratively

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Post originally published at Giorgos Kallis’ blog How to write an academic paper on 28/03/2018 We scientists often write together. Most published papers have two, three or many co-authors. Yet, there is little systematization or teaching on how to write together – no lists of good practices, no manuals, no courses, in most Universities at least. For early career researchers, like myself, this is a huge problem. How does one start writing a paper with others? Experienced researchers have taught themselves how to work with others, ‘learning by doing’. But they rarely reflect on what works well and what does […]

New article – Participatory design of citizen science experiments

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This article describes and analyzes the collaborative design of a citizen science research project through cocreation. Three groups of secondary school students and a team of scientists conceived three experiments on human behavior and social capital in urban and public spaces. The study goal is to address how interdisciplinary work and attention to social concerns and needs, as well as the collective construction of research questions, can be integrated into scientific research. The 95 students participating in the project answered a survey to evaluate their perception about the dynamics and tools used in the cocreation process of each experiment, and […]

Testing new materials and dynamics for co-created projects

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Last week was very active for Dimmons with our participation facilitating different workshops, where we had the opportunity to advance in a first version of a platform cooperativism toolkit. Following our collaboration with La Comunificadora, the incubation project of commons collaborative economy initiatives promoted by Barcelona Activa and coordinated by the Free Knowledge Institute, we organized a co-creation session around the LliureTIC project. In that case we prepared a dynamic and materials to identify and discuss among different actors and organizations of the free/libre software sector in Barcelona experiences of products and services, as well as common needs that a collective entity around them could help […]

Guía de uso del toolkit de co-diseño de investigación (versión 1.3)

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Durante el primer año de doctorando, a parte de una inmersión importante en la literatura sobre diseño de investigaciones, aprendizaje organizacional, gestión de proyectos de investigación, y un largo etcétera de áreas de conocimiento y autores de referencia relacionados (aquí el mapa dinámico), me dediqué a confeccionar un material de facilitación o toolkit. Surgió de la necesidad de traducir en una secuencia coherente los aprendizajes  de investigación-acción del día a día de Dimmons, y especialmente la reflexión sobre mi rol de facilitador en el pasado y cómo imaginaba dinámicas de co-creación en el contexto académico (y sus fronteras permeables con […]

Co-design of citizen-science experiments: slides and toolkit v1.3

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Below the slides for my presentation at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) in Boston, where I had the opportunity to discuss the work I did with Josep Perelló, Isabelle Bonhoure and the rest of the OpenSystemsBCN team co-designing citizen science experiments. I’m also happy to share that a longer version of the analysis of this case study of my PhD project is going to be published in January 2018 at the prestigious Comunicar Journal. Also, while the Research co-design toolkit keeps evolving in parallel (soon to be translated to Polish and Greek under the […]

Co-designing citizen science for STEM4youth project

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Under the umbrella of the European project STEM4youth for engaging teenagers with citizen science, I recently had the opportunity of collaborating for a series of case studies with the OpenSystems group leaded by Josep Perelló at the University of Barcelona. We organised a series of co-design sessions of experiments about human behaviour with three diverse groups of students from different secondary schools (totalling more than 100 participants as “amateur researchers”).  The basic premise of the process was to start in the same way in all cases: rather than only involving students in the data gathering process (which is the usual approach […]

First phase of field research

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This January I just started the fieldwork for my PhD project, which in this case means (apart from some interviews and analysis of materials) to combine the role of co-creation facilitator with direct observation, and other ways of gathering relevant data about the adoption of co-design and agile for collaborative research. For this, the calendar of several research processes are just starting and the people behind them coordinating with me in order to have specific sessions for the collaborative definitions of what to develop as collaborative enquiry and how. This coincides, in all cases, with a previous agreement that based […]