A lucid synthesis of genomics, linguistics, and prehistory: Tony Joseph’s Early Indians

By | March 11, 2022

Tony Joseph blends research strands from disciplines such as linguistics, genomics, archeology, archeobotany, paleogeography, and the luminescence of grains of sand of ancient river beds in a lucid synthesis that narrates the story of First Indians, the Harappan Civilization (known previously as the Indus Valley Civilization), its continuing legacy in everyday Indian culture and life,… Read More »

A Synthesis of Sensemaking, from a social design perspective

By | March 6, 2022

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… Read More »

From multi-disciplinary to transdisciplinary design research 

By | February 25, 2022

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… Read More »

On uncertainty…

By | February 24, 2022

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… Read More »

New Year, New Virus

By | January 23, 2022

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… Read More »

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

By | December 14, 2021

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… Read More »