Co-design in C-Lab
In C-Lab - the main course that I teach for masters - I love to research and design together with practitioners, students, PhD-students and fellow researchers on complex issues, discuss, research, design, test, try again. The process in C-Lab is minds on, hearts on and hands on. It actually deals with craftsmanship, as it deals with incompleteness and ambiguity as Sennett (2009) says. The communication design for innovation method itself helps students and professionals to develop curiosity and courage to enjoy and deal with the inevitable uncertainty of communication for innovation at the same time. In this way for me communication design for innovation itself becomes a critical playfield for critique on science and technology development itself.
In this process of design-based research through co-design we search for the soul of collaboration, the essence of communication for innovation. And this has often to do with ‘simple’ straightforward human emotions as ‘feeling acknowledged’, ‘feeling heard’, ‘avoid lonesomeness’. We start where the professionals are, where the technology is, and develop from there using their thoughts and ideas and their technology to refresh their communication processes and the decisions upon. This perspective takes science communication not as an add on but something which is inclusive and embodied in what scientists and engineers think. A 21ste century skilled engineer is about being a technical and social expert at the same time.