Dialogue, Tools, Workshop
"Mechanisms for Dialogue" is the design research part of our work at CIID Research on the European Union project, CoHERE.
In CoHERE, we are exploring the differences in how people across Europe represent their heritage and identity. The projects explores how heritage can lead to common ground with others, but in the increasingly hostile and tense climate - from religion to EU exit politics - heritage and identity can twist, undermine and break relations between culturally diverse audiences.
Specifically, "Talking Mechanisms" highlights some unique and alternative approaches to design research on how to spark, stimulate and nourish dialogue on heritage-identity among different people.
What 'resources' do the different parties use in maintaining conversations? Can new kinds of creative digital interventions facilitate conversational behaviours and new dialogues among culturally diverse audiences?
As part of our primary objective of Year 1, we explored processes for designing creative-practice interventions that foster and sustain dialogue on heritage and identity.
In order to understand better how heritage-identity is expressed and how meaningful dialogue can be opened and sustained, we conducted people-centred design research - with an especial focus on mechanisms for talking, on mechanisms for talking about heritage and identity, and finally on mechanisms for talking about heritage and identity among different people.
As you will see in the corresponding videos, we made three studies with different foci -
1. Dialogue-specific - zooming into the particular question of how dialogue is opened and sustained -
2. Design-research tools - prototyping possible resources for generating and sustaining meaningful dialogue on heritage-identity
3. Workshops - testing and consolidating tools (of #2), and applying them to a specific group of people and topic
Work-in-progress site for documenting the workshop materials.