Informal Community Boundary Spanners Build Knowledge Bridges to the World at Large

By | June 1, 2022

Now that I know what I am looking for, after the two rounds of data analysis focusing on the links between the training experience and the real world unassisted experience of the facilitators, and the kinds of beneficial outcomes experienced by the participants, some effects of which were explicated by participants reflecting more than a… Read More »

Day 2, Exploratory Discovery and Sensemaking in rural Ostrobothnia, Finland #taiketukee

By | May 26, 2022

For design before design, I prefer immersion in the field location and alternating thinking and writing with observations and interviews in order to tightly frame the problem space and the social design challenge. My RQ is whether the application of the guiding first principles of the Scandinavian tradition of participatory design research (also known as… Read More »

Fieldwork after three years #taiketukee

By | May 25, 2022

Sitting here at the end of Day 1, Fieldwork on the local culture of coastal Ostrobothnia in Finland, the oldest settled part of the country and where the language and cultural minority of Finland, the country – only 5.2% of the total population, the Swedish-Finnish community, is in the majority. We drove down from Espoo.… Read More »

From the Exploratory Musing Dept: What might be social design’s role in the SDGs in the Nordics?

By | May 24, 2022

The scope and range for the object of design being the “social” (Koskinen, 2016) in the social welfare states of the Nordics, and I use the happiest one as my base of reference, is vast, varied, and immense. Rich and deep opportunities for practice based learning, research, and interdisciplinary development methodologies. By refining one’s focus… Read More »

Is it engineering or design?

By | April 25, 2022

Looking back at the last year, since I began writing again on the blog looking for the magic of my keyboard, I can see how far I have shifted my perspective – one of the goals for the initiating the introspection. Just over a year ago, I was lamenting intangible losses – vocabulary, for example… Read More »

Unlearning and Learning

By | April 24, 2022

Today it struck me that one of the challenges in my learning journey will be to shift my perspective – a long established habit of thought and practice – from writing reports for clients at the “working knowledge of the topic” level to formulating interesting and original research questions (RQs) for journal publication. As the… Read More »

Linking Recognition to Resilience: Cognitive Justice and the Informal Economy

By | April 17, 2022

Soon enough, at some point this year, I’ll have to take a decision about whether to situate my vegetable vendors and informal traders as ‘livelihood’ actors, ekeing out a living by the side of the road, or continue bypassing the literature of poverty as I strive to reinforce their status and role as professional traders… Read More »