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A list of questions for scientific collaborators helps identify – before collaborating – core issues such as authorship, adding additional collaborators, and identification of who does what in the collaboration. The rationale is: “People often assume that since they share an interest in the same research area and have complementary skills and areas of expertise, […]
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There are four major areas where complications arise in collaborative research: expectations, assumptions, standards and values, and work habits. Topics covered include: communicate early and often to pre-empt conflict develop agreements – collaborative research agreements or prenuptials, offer letters and pretenure agreements, “welcome to my team” letters communicating encouraging others to speak up active listening […]
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This system dynamics-based approach uses “pair-blending of influence diagrams and the development of dynamical models to support focused dialogue”. It involves six “co-evolving activities” summarised in the following guiding questions: What is the challenge? What is the story? Can I see how you think? What drives system behaviour? What are the leverage points? Can we […]
This video describes how a complexity science based toolbox, especially different types of modelling, is used in complex multiple use environments, such as the coastal zones of Australia, to examine different scenarios for sustainable fishing options. The video starts by describing elements of complexity such as operating at scales from minute organisms up to areas […]
Critical systems heuristics supports boundary critique, which aims to handle boundary judgments systematically and critically. It provides questions in four areas: “Basis of motivation – Where does a sense of purposefulness and value come from? Basis of power – Who is in control of what is going on and is needed for success? Basis of […]
ICTAM is a step-wise method for bringing qualitative mental models into formal quantitative simulation models. The ICTAM acronym stands for the key methods used throughout the process: Interviews, Cognitive mapping, Time-sequence Unified Modelling Language (UML), All-encompassing framework, and numerical agent-based Models. The process starts by conducting semi-structured interviews with stakeholders. The purpose is to collect data […]
The Design Exchange provides is a website “where designers and researchers share methods and best practices”. Method categories are: Build, including activity modelling, dark horse, storyboarding and various kinds of prototyping Analyze, including pictorial storytelling, social network analysis, context map and powers of ten Ideate, including dot voting, spectrum mapping, 6-3-5 brainwriting and participatory co-design […]
Purpose: This curated online directory, called Public Design Vault, aims to provide an "all-in-one, a full-stop one-stop, a mother list of lists, a singularity for the plethora of toolkits and resources that are available on the vast internet." It aims to include "all the well-known usual suspects" as well as "a few diamonds in the rough."
Fourteen dialogue methods are described to facilitate interactions between, and synthesise knowledge from, experts from a range of disciplines, as well as stakeholders affected by the problem and those in a position to do something about it. Dialogue can be key to research on real-world problems—like restoration of wetlands, the needs of the elderly, effective […]
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Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a method, a theory of action, a dialogue process, and a whole of system concept that brings together members of an organisation to clarify, develop and integrate their visions about their joint endeavours. The aim is to build on something in the organisation that works well and that can move the organisation to a higher level of goal attainment to strengthen the future of the organisation.

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