I. Collaboration: WHO, WHAT, HOW, and WHY
Week 1: AUG 29 – Intro, Group Structure: WHO Collaborates?
- Introduction: students, teachers, expectations (15)
- Structure: 3 part course (intro, cases, final project) blog, reading groups (15)
- Activities (60)
- Boal name game
- Asset Mapping
- Groups Identification
- Questions for discussion (30)
- Who gathers here? Who are “we”?
- What kind of group are we forming and what is the dna of that group?
- How do you interact in a group and with this group in particular?
- Activity: each person lists the groups they are in. Everyone stands up, we read out a group (ex: a coop).If you are in a group like this stand together. Repeat, talk about in/exclusion in groups, membership
- What groups are you already a member of; what structures do you participate in; willingly or not?
- Explanation of homework readings, reading groups, postings (15)
- Post a photo and paragraph bio to the blog: What groups are you in? What groups do you identify with? What skills, tools, and spaces would you like to share?
- Read Critical Art Ensemble’s Observations on Collective Cultural Action
- Read Encyclopedia Pictura Collective
- Read Conceptualizing And Measuring Collaboration p. 23-28 of the article (not PDF pages)
Week 2: SEPT 5 – Rosh Hashana; class does not meet
- Activity: visit Theaster Gates Project
Week 3: SEPT 12 – WHAT is Collaboration?
- Reading discussion: of CAE, Measuring Collaboratin and Encyclopedia Pictura texts, lead by student moderators (30)
- Questions for discussion: (30)
- What is Collaboration?
- What associations do we make with the following terms: Participation, Collaboration, Partnership, Democratic, Horizontal
- Use this Diagram
- Charles Bernstein poetry collaboration experiments; pairs (20)
- Mirrors (simultaneity) (10)
- If there is time: Image of the Word (20)
- Discuss in relation to activities: Rochdale Principles of Cooperation, Ladder of Participation, and examples (20)
Week 4: SEPT 19 – HOW does one Collaborative? Dorchester Event
- How does one collaborate? What skills are required? How is power delegated, distributed, or assumed?
- Speakers: Theaster Gates’ studio manager (Kate Hadley Wilson) and Gina Martinez, Dayna Kriz, and Charlie Viz from Rebuild Foundation
- Reading Discussion: Social Practice as Art, Joe Friedman v Roschdale principles (30)
- Activities (30):
- Rearrange the classroom
- Boal’s Carnival in Rio, communal sound pattern game: each member of a group creates their own sound pattern, and slowly, without speaking, forms a single communal sound pattern
- Discussion (20):
- What are the skills that were necessary for the Dorchester project; Boal’s Carnival in Rio game, and collaboration in general?
- Collaborative Approaches for upcoming CASE STUDIES: Prepare for types of collaboration with this framing device (a commons ID kit (15)
- Read: Ellen Ostrom’s Governing the Commons pg 1-6 on Prisoners Dilemma
- Richard Sennett’s The Culture Of New Capitalism, p. 11-15
Week 5: SEPT 26: Why Collaborate? Thoughts on Power Sharing
- Reading Discussion on Ostrom’s Governing the Commons and Sennett’s Culture of New Capitalism, about why one would or would not collaborate (30)
- Debate with 3 Readings – w/ selections from Etienne Wenger’s Community of Practice, Temporary Services Group Work, and The Tyranny of Structurelessness (30)
- Columbian Hypnosis & Blind Cars about power; guide vs guided (10)
- Discussion of delegation, distribution of roles within the class, diffusion of info and allocation of resources (20)
- Group work: Discuss midterm project. Research groups the class will meet with over the course of the semester. Float collaborative ideas you would would like to work on with your classmates. Are you forming a group based on content or form? Prepare an idea to present to present on Oct 10 at WOW for feeback (30 min).
- Read: Temporary Services’s Against Competition
- Read: Dolores Hayden’s 7 American Utopias p. 1-14
II. CASE STUDIES: Meerkat, WOW, Ghana Think Tank & NLE, Public Lab, Free Software, IDEO
Week 6: OCT 3 – Creative Cooperatives: Meerkat Media Collective
- Collaborative Approach: Closed Collective, Consensus Video via Consensus
- Question: What is consensus? What code of ethics are at work?
- Question: Can groups create a unified aesthetic; how?
- Discussion: Student moderators comment on Temporary Services and Hayden readings, in light of Meerkat presentation
- Design: prepare for Mid term group project, presented at WOW
- Read: Dreaming in the Dark
Week 7: OCT 10 – Creative Collectives: WOW Cafe Theater & MIDTERM PRESENTATION 4:30-6:30pm
- meet with Jen Abrams
- Collaborative Approach: Open Collective, Consensus?
- Question: What is consensus? What code of ethics are at work? Can groups create a unified aesthetic; how?
- Student moderators lead discussion w/Jen on above questions and Dreaming in the Dark in light of WOW presentation
- MIDTERM PRESENTATION
- Meet at No Longer Empty’s temp space at 196 Stanton St., 2 blocks east of Clinton, 4:00 – 6:30 pm
- Collaborative Approach: Participatory Action Research
- Questions: Who are we talking to? Who are we ignoring (without even knowing it)?What assumptions are we bringing with us? What assumptions do others have about us?
How do our own habits and fears limit who we work with? How can we work through all of this?
- Discuss: Student moderators lead discussion w/Robbins on: WHO gets to participate, stakeholders, mediation, citizen control
- Homework: Grassroots Mapping: Creating a Participatory Map Making Process
- Collaborative Approach: Distributed networked collectivity
- Question: Student Moderators lead discussion w/Mako on readings and: Do forking structures used in software programming affect the barriers for collaboration? Do they create new possibilities for collaboration and social exchange?
- Final Project Benchmark 1: Accountability structure & Prototyping Plan due; to be posted to the blog & discussed in class
- Read Excerpts from Collaborative Futures, sections 15, 16, 24, 27
- Optional Read: Ray & Graeff: Reviewing the Author Function the Age of Wikipedia
- Watch: http://www.ted.com/talks/clay_shirky_on_institutions_versus_collaboration.html or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMV4cqRgV6Q
Week 10: OCT 31 – Open Science; Public Laboratory with Liz Barry
- Collaborative Approach: (G)Local Chapters
- Discussion: Student moderators lead discussion w/Liz on What are factors that prohibit open research? How are people dealing with this? What are possible benefits?
Week 11: NOV 7 – – Human Centered Design: IDEO
- SITE VISIT: 28 Mercer Street, between Grand and Howard, and the entrance is next to the orange CB2 sign
- Collaborative Approach: LLC Consultancy
- Question: What is human centered design?
- Activities: led by IDEO
- Homework, read Starhawk, Empowerment Manual WOW protocols
III. STUDENT CONTROL
Week 12: NOV 14: Choose your own collaborative style
- Will you move from Informing to Consulting to Active Participation? How/Why?
- What collaborative groups might you join?
- How does space structure groups? http://www.brindalyn.com/meetings-as-architecture/
- Final Project Prototype 1: to be presented and discussed in class
- Project Management skills, make a plan for the next 1.5 months
- Meeting Archetypes
- Define a Job Well Done
Week 13: Nov 21
– TBD: Work in class, feedback in class
Week 14: NOV 26 (Thanksgiving week; meet Tuesday not Thursday)
- Final Project Prototype 2: to be presented & discussed in class
- TBD: Work in class, feedback in class
Week 15: DEC 5
- TBD: work in class, feedback in class
Week 16: DEC 12
- FINAL PRESENTATIONS