Workshop

ProtoPublics Sprint Workshop: Prototyping Design Orientated Cross Disciplinary Research

The workshop was held at Lancaster University on April 16-17. It forms part of Developing participation in social design: Prototyping projects, programmes and policies, a project commissioned by the AHRC which aims to prototype new kinds of research collaboration oriented towards achieving societal change and collective outcomes. Research themes include mobilities; health and well-being; civic participation and public space. Selected research consortia, who form and iterate their ideas through the sprint workshop, were invited to apply through a targeted call for Project Development Awards of up to £15,000 (fEC).

Mode – agile, collaborative, generative, material and discursive

Time

Activity

Aim of Activity

Wednesday 15 April

Evening Arrival and check-in at Lancaster House Hotel, Lancaster University Campus
No formal arrangements for dinner – delegates can dine at the hotel.

Thursday 16 April

8:30 REGISTRATION at ImaginationLancaster
Refreshments on arrival
0900 Icebreaker and Introductions
ImaginationLancster – Professor Rachel CooperThe big picture – AHRC and Design, where does ProtoPublics fit in that picture?   AHRC team
Aims for ProtoPublics workshop and light overview
0930 Provocation 1
Sue Ball (Media and Arts Partnership) Q&A with Guy Julier
To add grounded practitioner perspective – design/creative research in the field in relation to local issues
1015 Activity 1
Mapping current activity: Create together a collective material/annotated map of research interests, themes, projects, HEIs, partners, communities – both those in the room and also related others, seeded by materials gathered by
To bring into view the various related projects that are emblematic or interesting in this area
1100 Coffee
1115 Activity 2
Identify themes (in small groups) and capture them and then share them
To generate themes (building on existing knowledge/ activities)
1230 Lunch
1315 Provocation 2
Celia Lury on inventive methods, the social, relevance and other issues
1415 Detail on the process for the rest of the sprint workshop – the process and criteria (focus around the stages of application process and timetable)
1445 Activity 3
Ideas market/speed dating (open conference type way of self organizing)– find a shared issue and form a cross-disciplinary team around it
To get people to choose themes they want to work on, and self-organise to find one another
1515 Activity 4
First date – get to know one another and one another’s research/institution/network/resources
Get to know other members of the proto-team, and dive into the theme and your interests in it
1615 Activity 5
Peer review – 10 mins presentation and fast feedback to one other team
1700 Activity 6
Second date – first stab at generating a research question
1745 Wrap up – reflections on day, what’s happening tonight and tomorrow. Walk back to hotel.
1815 Free time
1930 Dinner at Hotel

Friday 17 April

0830 Check-in: reflections over night and from dinner
0900 Provocation 3
Provocations from Cat Macaulay and Nicola Hughes:  What three things did they hear the day before that they thought were opportunities in relation to research and engagement relating to public policy. And what three things did they hear that concerned them?
0930 Clarification of format for presentation to challenge panel and criteria
1100 Teams self/re-organise/ prepare
1230 Lunch
1315 Presentations to challenge panel including (creative) peer review
1445 Challenge panel discusses in private/participants have free time
1545 Challenge panel presents decisions + next steps
1615 Close

 

Here are some photographs to document the day.

ProtoPublics Sprint Workshop Program
ProtoPublics Sprint Workshop Program
Our principles for the workshop: Agile; Participatory; Collaborative; Creative; Reflexive
Our principles for the workshop: Agile; Participatory; Collaborative; Creative; Reflexive
Participants were asked to arrange their 'assets' on the tables to connect and expand upon our core themes: mobilities; civic participation; health and well-being; public space.
Participants were asked to arrange their ‘assets’ on the tables to connect and expand upon our core themes: mobilities; civic participation; health and well-being; public space.
From this collection of assets, participants could identify interests, priorities and expertise of others in the workshop.
From this collection of assets, participants could identify interests, priorities and expertise of others in the workshop.
From here, participants self-organised into groups to discuss common interests. They were encouraged to move between groups over the course of the two days before fixing on one group with which to put forward a research project pitch.
From here, participants self-organised into groups to discuss common interests. They were encouraged to move between groups over the course of the two days before fixing on one group with which to put forward a research project pitch.
The workshop ended with creative project pitches, some of which took us outside the Imagination Lancaster building.
The workshop ended with creative project pitches, some of which took us outside the Imagination Lancaster building.

 

Twitter record for ProtoPublics including workshop

Before, during and just after the ProtoPublics workshop there was activity on twitter, mostly by researchers invited to attend and/or by the organisers (Guy Julier, Leah Armstrong and me).

During the workshop at Lancaster on April 16-17, some of these people were live tweeting including with photographs. So I thought I’d do a grab from Twitter in order to preserve these dialogues.

Protopublics – Twitter Search 20150422

 

Participants at ProtoPublics workshop, ImaginationLancaster, Lancaster University, 16-17 April.

Dr Rachel Aldred University of Westminster
Jocelyn Bailey BOP Consulting
Sue Ball Media And Arts Partnership
Dr Jen Ballie DJCAD, University of Dundee
Simon Bell Open University
Christopher Boyko Lancaster University
Dr Jo Briggs Northumbria University
Dr Monika Buscher Lancaster University
Dr Stephen Clune Imagination Lancaster, Lancaster University
Sophia de Sousa The Glass-House Community Led Design
Dr Nicola Dempsey University of Sheffield
Stephen Douch Plan Strategic
Dr James Duggan Manchester Metropolitan University
Shaimaa ElNaggar Lancaster University
Dr Bianca Elzenbaumer Leeds College of Art
Duncan Fairfax Goldsmiths, University of London
Nick Gant University of Brighton
Salvia Giuseppe Nottingham Trent University
Dr Fiona Hackney Falmouth University
Prof Jonathan Harris University of Southampton, Winchester School of Art
Dr Sabine Hielscher SPRU, University of Sussex
Prof Rob Imrie Goldsmiths, University of London
Dr Thomas Jun Loughborough University
Dr Kat Jungnickel Goldsmiths, University of London
Bastien Kerspern Design Friction / Casus Ludi
Constance Laisné Altgen
Dr Dan Lockton Royal College of Art
Prof Celia Lury University of Warwick
Dr Justin Marshall Falmouth University
Andy Milligan DJCAD, University of Dundee
Dr Lesley Murray University of Brighton
Dr Kathy Pui Ying Lo Loughborough University
Dr Graham Pullin DJCAD, University of Dundee
Guido Robazza University of Portsmouth
Dr Rebecca Ross Central Saint Martins
Dr Tatjana Scheider University of Sheffield
Dr Justin Spinney University of Cardiff
Nick Taylor DJCAD, University of Dundee
Dr Damon Taylor University of Brighton
Dr Sarah Teasley Royal College of Art
Dr Emmanuel Tsekleves Imagination Lancaster, Lancaster University
Naomi Turner Associate Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group and the Design Commission
Dr Nina Wakeford Goldsmiths, University of London
Anna Whicher Cardiff Metropolitan University
Dr Alex Wilkie Goldsmiths, University of London
Dr Aylish Wood University of Kent

Workshop facilitators
Professor Guy Julier, University of Brighton/Victoria and Albert Museum
Dr Lucy Kimbell, University of Brighton/Policy Lab, Cabinet Office
Dr Leah Armstrong, University of Brighton/Victoria and Albert Museum

Challenge Panel Guests
Nicola Hughes, Institute for Government
Cat Macaulay, Scottish Government

AHRC
Paul McWhirter
Jessica Clark

 

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