Category Archives: Perspective

“We need to rethink adaptation” ~ IPCC 2022

Last week, the much awaited 4000 page report on Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) arrived to deliver the news – we’re now at the crucial moment when action must either be taken as soon as possible or our options narrow with each delay. What struck me, was that […]

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A Synthesis of Sensemaking, from a social design perspective

Vanderlinden and colleagues, (Vanderlinden et al., 2020) –  a globally distributed team of climate scientists – link sensemaking’s capacity to clarify ambiguities for communities facing socio-environmental changes to fostering their agency for adaptation, and consider this transdisciplinary and knowledge-based activity to be a place-based and community-centric exercise. In light of this, and before I proceed […]

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From multi-disciplinary to transdisciplinary design research 

Exploring the transdisciplinary nature of knowledge let me conclude that insights gathered via various design research methodologies can be said to exhibit, for the most part, transdisciplinarity. The figure shared above from the work of Rassmussen and her colleagues (2010) helps clarify why. By visualizing epistemic integration correlated to the varying degrees of complexity and […]

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On uncertainty…

One more thing I wanted to make note of, continuing the thinking of the previous post, is regarding uncertainty and its attendant cost as a stressor. Just like there’s no sense of the ambiguity that has always accompanied dancing in between the past and the future, there is, at the moment, none of the burdens […]

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Ruminating on the rhythm of the keyboard

Long promised, to myself, that I would pick up the habit of looking for the music in my keyboard, I am finally at the place where I can do so. The silence, this time around, was not the emptiness of the past decade where the blog would go untouched for weeks and months without attention. […]

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New Year, New Virus

Along with the old year came an end to a very busy Autumn semester. I took a longer break from trying to find the rhythm of my keyboard here on the blog than I thought I would but with homework essays, reflection diaries, two conference papers, and the digital classroom experience, writing was what I […]

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Designed to matter: Social design of the participatory approach to enhance innovation capacity

Chew et al. 2015 introduce their blending of the psychological concept of ‘mattering’ with the theoretical aspects of agency and empowerment, in their paper looking at ICT4D and women micro-entrepreneurs in India. Mattering is an empirically verified and validated concept from the field of social psychology 1. It is defined as the perception that people […]

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Applying the Systems Test to the Regional Informal Economic System

If the informal economic system, as seen in east Africa, is a system, and there are social practices at both the rural end of the interconnections and flows that comprise the functioning of the system, then taking a systems approach to food security would facilitate not only the increase in stocks i.e. the yield of […]

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Regular programming to resume

The semester ends next week. I want to go back to regular blogging which I’d begun in earnest back in March 2021. I am very pleased with my courses. We made that vacuum cleaner nozzle as part of an intensive doctoral level programme on 3D printing and circular economy concepts. Our partner for the project […]

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Coursework update

Since late September, classes began for this semester in full earnest. After a year of disruption on my part, I finally got the chance to take a full load of courses which have kept me engaged, taught me something new, and exercised skills I haven’t used since studying for my O Levels in 1982. I’ve […]

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