This project, with its straight-forward working title “Working with People” creates a critical framework for the increasing interest that has emerged in working with people beyond the academy, in collaborative and generative practices. “Civic engagement,” “design for social change,” and other types of “engaged” pedagogical practice create both opportunities and responsibilities for developing new curricula that explicitly focus on teaching and learning about collaborative practices and contexts. It is critical when, as is often the case, the people and groups in question are regarded as societal “others” and issues of sensitivity and translation across cultures or other real or perceived divides could become a challenge.
Yet, when we talk about community-university collaborations, some powerful words are ill-defined; other critical words are conspicuously absent. This project and this online resource hopes to foster challenging collisions between different understandings of crucial keywords to build a more nuanced way of working with people.
Collaboration / Community / Difference / Empathy / Ethnography / Human / Participation / Politics / Power / Public / Representation / Sustainability
Find out more and see the definitions of these keywords on the Working With People website
For three years, the research and curriculum-development project “Working with People” has been led by Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani, Shana Agid and Cameron Tonkinwise, supported by the New School fund for Innovations in Education and the University Civic Engagement Committee.
Working with People has collaborated with the interdisciplinary practice Buscada to create online and offline spaces for dialogue around the contested definitions of engagement.