SEAD gathering at National Academies
A SEAD Working Group meeting will be held at the National Academies in Washington DC, on February 2, 2016. Participants will review and share emerging trends and issues since the NSF/NEA/NEH/Smithsonian hosted workshops that led to the Sciences, Engineering, Arts, and Design (SEAD) report, published this year as "Steps to an Ecology of Networked Knowledge and Innovation" (MIT Press, 2015). Read more…
Please contribute your thoughts to the SEAD 5-Year Update
SEAD will host a panel discussion at the 2016 US College Art Association (CAA) conference, February 3-6 in Washington, DC. At this panel session, and in a co-located invitational gathering, we will present the results of the "snapshot" update. We are looking for inputs by November 1, 2015.
National Academies 2015 Keck Futures Initiative on art, science, medicine, and engineering
The National Academies Keck Futures Initiative "Conference on Art and Science, Engineering, and Medicine Frontier Collaborations: Ideation, Translation & Realization" will gather a diverse group of participants to explore how arts, design, sciences, engineering, and medicine can stimulate a renaissance of innovation that solves real-world problems; discover how collaborations can engage the public and other scientists and encourage discourse in important issues; examine how creative disruption and aesthetic experience engage the human mind to stimulate creativity and innovation; and create concrete projects that can (and ultimately do) lead to at least one of four kinds of impact – educational, cultural, social and scientific. SEAD network dialog has contributed to this upcoming event in Irvine, November, that can lead to new research initiatives by the Academies.
Cultivating an Ecology of Networked Knowledge and Innovation through Collaborations
among Sciences, Engineering, Arts, and Design
Roger F. Malina, University of Texas at Dallas, Carol Strohecker, Rhode Island School of Design, Robert Thill, Cooper Union, and Carol LaFayette, Texas A&M University
Successful collaborations among scientists, engineers, artists, designers, and humanities researchers are demonstrating their potential to mitigate the challenging societal, economic, and cultural concerns of our times, known as “grand challenges.” A growing network of transdisciplinary collaborators, SEAD, is premised on the assertion that solving complex problems requires multiple perspectives. This CAA session will convene members of the SEAD network and invite new voices to discuss the four areas of advocacy identified in the network’s statement of purpose: culture and economic development, research and creative work, learning and education, and collaboration and partnership. Session participants will consider this framing for advocacy and suggest specific actions to further enable such cross-cutting work. Outcomes of the SEAD White Paper initiative will inform the discussion, referencing research by 200 contributors globally that became the basis of a NSF-funded report and an MIT Press e-book. While the session is not seeking papers, the chairs encourage the SEAD network to attend the conference and to contribute to this dialog.
SEAD White Papers Synthesis Report published
In 2012, SEAD launched a White Papers initiative to build community awareness of perceived challenges and opportunities for transdisciplinary collaboration. The synthesis report, Steps to an Ecology of Networked Knowledge and Innovation, offers a set of "action clusters" common to texts from the international response by SEAD members. Suggested Actions are structured according to similarities of motivation and purpose, and addressed to specific stakeholders. The synthesis report is published by MIT Press / ISAST with a Creative Commons license. The SEAD White Papers initiative was chaired by Roger Malina and co-chaired by Carol Strohecker, with the assistance of an international Steering Group and coordination by Carol LaFayette and Amy Ione, Managing Editor. The report will be published as an e-book this year, with images from SEAD collaborators and links to all White Papers contributions. The draft report is available here.