03/29: CH 3: Task B, C, D– (engagement tool)


Challenge 3 – Engagement

Objective: Undertake and execute a goal related to your focus in Challenge 2, identifying, utilizing, and documenting intentional collaboration structures.

Deliverable: A ‘synthesis catalog’, showcasing your goal, and a roadmap of where you’ve been, where you aim to go, and demonstration of the collaborations you’re invoking, and how they contribute to your outcome.


This final challenge is set to help you culminate the discussions, exercises, terminology and theories presented in this class, by offering a chance to build an engagement in a resonant context.

In Challenge 3, you will create a  synthesis catalog, comprised of your intentions, process, engagements and output. Your synthesis catalog will both reveal your collaborative process and its contribution to your project’s development. Your synthesis catalog may serve to carry your project beyond this class, or as a reference for other work you take on. You will begin your synthesis catalog with a  process map which will identify and steer the trajectory of your collaborative process. On your map, you should plot your ideal coordinates. A coordinate identifies the nature of each step and its relationship to the overall process. A coordinate might reveal the action taken, the players involved, the time necessary and the outcome desired. Your coordinates might include: ideation/brain-storm

sessions, group skill shares, experiments, expert/layperson interviews, research propositions, or test executions.


For each coordinate on your process map, you will create a  coordinate chapter, capturing the:

-Procedure (what steps did you take to plan and execute the task?)

-Players (who are the people involved?)

-Collaboration type (how do the players contribute?)

-Tools (what tools did you create or use to facilitate this step?)

-Documentation (photos, video, audio, and notes describing this step)

-Contribution (what was this collaboration’s contribution to your end goal?)


Complimenting your process map and your coordinate chapters, you’ll create an ongoing  execution map as you work. The execution map will act as a visual model of your actual execution, including your mistakes, successes, diversions and questions. The execution map, paired with the process map, will help you track the differences between your projected route and your followed route.


Finally, your synthesis catalog will conclude with the development of your  collaborative practice toolkit – your summarization of the techniques, terms, metaphors and methods you came in contact with throughout the course of the semester.

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