Transdisciplinary collaboration is complex—healthcare needs and desires innovative design solutions, but struggles to imagine a future different from the current state. Designers bring form to ideas that have previously not existed—but ‘the new’ is inherently risky.
Our research has shown that the assumptions and values inherent in design and health remain hidden and unspoken, rising to the surface once work is underway.
Our initiate.collaborate: Design/Health toolkit helps designers, healthcare practitioners and researchers foreground questions relating to some of the challenges and opportunities the Design/Health space offers.
Working together can be tricky
Through a series of 96 cards, a project team is guided through structured activities according to three focus areas critical to successful collaboration.
Context - understanding the collaboration space and different perspectives
Connectivity - building the relationships that ensure effective working models
Capability - developing different kinds of expertise and ways of thinking to ensure everyone contributes and is supported to go in new and interesting directions when required
Teams using the toolkit follow step-by-step instructions, assume different roles and take part in a number of interactive activities. Themes of risk and riskiness are explored within a series of fauxjects (fake projects) where participants can apply their insights.
Project teams will:
Better understand their individual and collective assumptions and value systems that operate across design and health
Establish their design for health collaboration goals
Consider how creativity and innovation interact with notions of risk and vulnerability
Identify skills and strengths they need for successful design/health collaborations
Develop a plan to deal with challenging situations and maintain a healthy collaboration
Identify who will benefit the most from their project, and
By the end of the game project teams will collectively build a shared agreement ‘project manifesto’ for how they will work together.
How it works:
The initiate.collaborate toolkit is suitable for use (and re-use) by any individuals or teams who engage in design for health projects, consisting of (but not limited to): healthcare providers and managers, health professionals, policy makers, designers, architects, users of healthcare services, researchers, students, and community organisations. Play initiate.collaborate to start each new project to establish a shared understanding around collaborations.
Designed for up to 18 participants
Takes 2 hours to complete
Does not require a facilitator
Each time you play you will need fresh copy of the project manifesto poster, initiate.collaborate cards, one large table, blu-tack, marker pens, A4 paper, and most importantly snacks!
1 x physical toolkit (playing cards)
2 x project manifesto posters (black & white version)*
1 x project manifesto download link
Limited stock available now!
*Additional black and white project manifestos can be purchased from the shop.
**Please select initiate.collaborate for our original toolkit that is designed to use across a wide array of disciplines. If you are embarking on a design/health collaboration—the initiate.collaborate: design/health toolkit has been tailored especially for this purpose.