From not knowing to new knowledge via imagining
The knowledge needed to address complex problems is scattered across all scales of intervention, across all disciplines. This requires us to be empathic towards other forms of knowing and bold to step out of our own disciplinary comfort zone and cultivate the conceptual land between the disciplines.
I consider design a bridge-building discipline that enables collaboration and communication across disciplines. Designers are trained to connect the dots, to envision and test multiple variables, not to think in linear pathways but suggest alternative futures.
We are also trained to visualise ideas, to think boldly (even though we might not be sure yet), and not be embarrassed to ask naïve questions. This translation enables communication across disciplinary silos. Design-knowledge is also applied knowledge: we are trained to turn theory into practice, a vision into reality.
However, it is only when we bring in experts from other disciplines or from the societies we are addressing, that we can turn this transformational knowledge into a useful asset and system knowledge.
Radical creativity happens in the stages from not knowing to imagining and slowly establishing new knowledge. So radical creativity can occur in different states: as a vision, as a process, as a method of inquiry that questions the given.
Professor of Practice
School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Radical creativity happens in the stages from not knowing to imagining and slowly establishing new knowledge."
Mindset for radical creativity by Julia Lohmann:
Willingness to communicate across disciplinary boundaries
Curiosity for other types of knowledge
Empathy towards other processes
Humbleness to acknowledge that each discipline provides only parts of the puzzle
Playfulness to sometimes just try out renegade ideas
The self-confidence to not be scared of sounding naïve
Values that make you care
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