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How Do We Educate 21st Century Transdisciplinary Knowledge Producers?

Your Name and Title: Dr. Faye Miller

School or Organization Name: University of Canberra/Human Constellation - Digital Research Consultancy

Co-Presenter Name(s): Not Applicable

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Australia

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): Educators, Students, Other Stakeholders - High School/College/University

Short Session Description (one line): This is a session for guiding people who wish to step into roles, or enhance their roles as producer, facilitator, coach, bridger or intermediary, working with transdisciplinary project teams to produce work that is meaningful, innovative and relevant to problems in social policy and practice.

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):  

The main objective of this session is to guide people who wish to step into roles or enhance their roles as producer, facilitator, coach, bridger or intermediary, working with transdisciplinary project teams to produce work that is meaningful, innovative and relevant to problems in social policy and practice.

There is an increasing demand for transdisciplinary specialist “producers” to facilitate project team collaborations working across boundaries of academia, policy making, industry, media, the public and independent consultants. The social-ecological systems perspective, which encompasses knowledge and information ecosystems, is growing more central to understanding broader global issues such as understanding and implementing partnership dynamics towards the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

In this session l will present a peer reviewed research-based model, combining the fundamental elements of a complex adaptive system – simultaneous information and learning (Informed Learning), problem definition, multiple stakeholder relations and personal change - which bridges several disconnects towards progress for responsible social and digital innovations.

With a focus on employment, particularly technical skills and training for the science and technology workforce, mainstream education and training for technology is sidestepping the growing need for safeguarding people and their environments and ecologies from potential harmful effects. Social science and library and information science studies into technology are working towards addressing many pressing ethical issues, which can affect our quality of life, but these are not collaboratively connecting into computer science and artificial intelligence work.

We need more recognition of the importance of transdisciplinary work cultures and capacities within and outside of universities and research organisations. We need more dedicated education, mentoring and training – at elementary, secondary and university/college levels - for bridging and intermediary roles in digital and social innovation – essential roles for the future that robots are unable to do.

My own teaching has a strong emphasis on developing soft skills and attributes for successful projects and placements, along with challenging experiences for learning outside of comfort zones and nurturing personal passions, perseverance and resilience. Employers and colleagues often demand this but educators often focus on science and technology knowledge and skills only.

In today’s social media and attention driven society, people spend more time working to be more engaging and influential in their communication, how to convince someone of their point of view rather than working on their listening, interpretation and perception abilities. This session will also elucidate the soft skills - or states of mind that enable soft skills - developed in the complex, invisible spaces “in between”, to shift the common understanding of communication from being engaging and influential, to improving how we listen, perceive and interpret informational waves to create transdisciplinary resonance and shared understanding.

Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session: http://fayeqmiller.net

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