Monday, September 28, 2015

[Yasmin_discussions] Crystallized Practices, Small But Decisive Wins for Big Challenges , Counterfactual Futures


Gabriel Harp has submitted these areas of rising interest in
art/sci/tech on his radar

we welcome reactions

Roger Malina

Dear Colleagues, We thank those who participated in the network for
Sciences, Engineering, Arts, and Design (SEAD) report, which was
published this year as "Steps to an Ecology of Networked Knowledge and
Innovation" (MIT Press, 2015). The process that led to this report
began about five years ago with a number of convenings supported by
the US National Science […]

Here are three:

Crystallized Practices
Greater attention and awareness is being given to previously
invisible, unrecognized, and/or unconscious SEAD practices. This is
resulting is greater clarity, reproducibility, and applicability of
behaviors, values, and frameworks to a wider range of shared issues
and challenges. Driven by insights from social studies of science,
technology, infrastructure, and knowledge-networks—as well as by
commercially driven needs for more vertically integrated collaboration
across SEAD activities—individuals, groups, and institutions are
becoming better at recognizing and organizing to facilitate the
landscape for productive SEAD outcomes. Despite this trend, some
practitioners cultivate moderate levels of concern around the
codification or identification of integrated practices—in some cases
out of fears that it will result in diminished levels of creativity,
autonomy, or authorship.

Small But Decisive Wins for Big Challenges
SEAD-integrated activities are forming the core of creative solutions
to some of the world's biggest challenges. From climate change
(WHO/CCAC Breathe Campaign) to terrorism (DARPA's Narrative Networks
program), larger institutions are beginning to recognize and implement
SEAD-based research or production to accomplish goals around public
engagement, persuasion, participatory co-creation and solution
generation, citizen science and engineering, and organizational and/or
social change.

Counterfactual Futures
Tools and programs aimed at developing the abilities of individuals
and groups to engage in counterfactual reasoning (in order to correct
biases in judgement and decisioning making), are gaining acceptance
and adoption. Driven in part by their integration of SEAD areas of
expertise (e.g. psychology, design, contemporary art, storytelling,
and data science), examples include speculative design, prediction
tournaments, massively scaled forecasting games, and a suite of apps
and data-driven services designed to help people make better decisions
about their own lives as well as the lives of others around them. This
link a collection of example
worksheets designed to help facilitate counterfactual reasoning,
specifically for the purpose of elucidating scenarios and emerging
skill sets for the future of SEAD.

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