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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 in 2015 as "Steps to an Ecology of Networked Knowledge and Innovation" (MIT Press, 2015). Read moreā€¦

SEAD Chairs to Present at the College Art Association
Conference 2016
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. Additionally, a 5-year update draft report will also be included. 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
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.

 

National Academies 2015 Keck Futures Initiative on art, science, medicine, and engineering
In November, the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative "Conference on Art and Science, Engineering, and Medicine Frontier Collaborations: Ideation, Translation & Realization" gathered a diverse group of participants to explore how arts, design, sciences, engineering, and medicine can stimulate a renaissance of innovation. Read a summary by steering committee member Nicola Triscott.