The Knowledge Exchange: An Interactive Conference

The Knowledge Exchange: An Interactive Conference
An interactive conference, which took place on the 26th and 27th of September 2013 that explored academic engagement with the creative sector as part of The Creative Exchange project.

When we described the delivery of a conference specifically on KE between the arts and humanities in our Creative Exchange bid to the AHRC, we did not really pay much attention to it.  As it approached two things became apparent; firstly that a sit-and-listen conventional approach was not going to cut it, broadcasting about knowledge exchange would be ridiculous and the second thing was that, as Director of KE for Creative Exchange, this was landing in my lap.

As a response to this we pulled together an exceptional team of designers and creatives to put a great deal of effort into a general re-evaluation of the whole notion of the conference. Our aim was to raise the level of debate around KE between the creative industries and academia. Our response, described in the posts that follow this introduction, was a radical departure from the traditional conference and was consciously (wilfully) experiential with three completely different modes of operation.

One traditional aspect we retained was the peer-reviewed paper. The papers were excellent and are available in full here. Other less traditional aspects included digital tools for exchange, location changes and a bespoke set of physical tools. Our feedback tells us this was very successful but there are also some interesting criticisms and reflection both from our own review and feedback.

The stories below capture a flavour of the conference as a whole and also reflect on some of the things that we would change next time around, or just that are interesting areas for further development in the design of knowledge exchange.

View the collection of the best photographs from the conference here

Project Team

CruickshankCruickshank Leon Cruickshank Open Design and Innovation, User Centred and User-Led Design, Interactive Design, Technology and Society, Design Methodology, Design Theory and Philosophy
WhithamWhitham Roger Whitham Human-Computer Interaction, Visualisation, Interactive Structures, Collaborative Tools, Virtual Work Environments, Facilitation
JacobsJacobs Naomi Jacobs Senior Research Associate, The Creative Exchange
AllenAllen Pam Allen AHRC Design Leadership Fellowship Coordinator
WareingWareing Laura Wareing Co-design, design for the public sector, tool design
BirchallBirchall Sam Birchall AI, Programming, Philosophy, Knowledge Exchange, Pedagogy
CoupeCoupe Gemma Coupe Design Manager, Leapfrog
Dee Hennessey Dee Hennessey

Partners / Funders

Project Funders

Updates

PROUD Knowledge Exchange Manifesto

PROUD Knowledge Exchange Manifesto

The PROUD team were keenly aware that our contribution to the CX enabled us to engage with some of the leading international experts in creative knowledge exchange.

We designed the final morning session of the Creative Exchange Conference to turn the exciting and highly stimulating...Read full update

The Knowledge Exchange: 26 and 27 September ImaginationLancaster

The Knowledge Exchange: 26 and 27 September ImaginationLancaster

I say Oh la la! What a challenge and what fun!

Under the tones of a tango we entered all rather excited the great Hall at Imagination. A chaotic, or better said, surprising set up of different chairs, banks and tables invited people to spread over the room. All tables surrounded with 5 seats...Read full update

Conference Toolbox Overview

Conference Toolbox Overview

Much of our research in Imagination involves the creation of approaches, methods, processes, scaffolding, courses, modules and other forms that support innovation and KE. We are moving towards a meta-description of these. We tend to describe them as tools or elements of a toolbox. It’s worth...Read full update

Conference Photographs on Flickr

Conference Photographs on Flickr

Many photographs were taken during The Knowledge Exchange Conference.  The best photographs are now available to view on Flickr. ...Read full update

New IDEAS Digital tools used to kick-off conference

New IDEAS Digital tools used to kick-off conference

As part of The Knowledge Exchange conference a New IDEAS digital tool was created to capture a starting point for the conference.

In the first 30 minutes of the conference the tool, deployed on Apple iPads, captured responses from all 80 attendees at the conference. The tool then facilitated...Read full update

A Keynote without words

A Keynote without words

Marc Tassoul delivered a unique keynote at as part of The Knowledge Exchange conference using sounds rather than words.

Marc Tassoul is a lecturer at the Delft University of Technology, author of Creative Facilitation and an expert on bringing people together to think and create...Read full update

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