Mathilda Research What's up Workshops

  1. Power workshop at Nordes design conference

    Power workshop, Nordes, AHO, Oslo, 1 July, 2017

    Design + Power was the theme of Nordes 2017 design conference, hosted by AHO, Oslo. There was a great line up of keynote speakers, including Dori Tunstall, OCADU, Canada, the first black dean (this was highlighted by Professor Tunstall herself) of a design school. She spoke of the experience of decolonizing art and design conference, and set the red thread for a conference with many interesting contributions and discussions around  decolonization and the inherent necessity of challenging the modernist project of/by design. A question that ran through my head during the conference was whether we are now colonizing the term decolonizing. I was also thinking about how we can consider all human settlement on our planet as colonialism. My colleagues Åsa Ståhl and Sara Hyltén-Cavallius (Department of Design, Linnaeus University) and I ran a workshop entitled ‘How Can We Critically & Creatively Engage with Power Relations in Collaborative Design Research?’. We selected power ‘cruxes’ from the development project BOOST, and together with 25 participants we enacted these in front of a video camera, watched the film, and discussed how power relations, both at the level of the hands-on research situation, and in terms of the institutions and metanarratives that underpin and enable research, can be changed. This was a high risk workshop both to facilitate and participate in, and we were very grateful to participants for generous engagement. We came away with many insights, including the question of how to let silence and non-participation play a bigger role in collaborative research.

  2. BOOST metadesign learning cycle

    This spring we have been engaging in an exciting learning cycle for the project BOOST.

    BOOST metadesign learning cycle, Skype, 27 June, 2017

    BOOST metadesign is based at the Department of Design, Linnaeus University, and conducted by Mathilda Tham, Sara Hyltén-Cavallius and Åsa Ståhl. The three-year-long development project explores needs of and dreams for housing and inhabiting at the intersection of migrants, students and an ageing population in a context of sustainability, and in the region of Småland, southern Sweden. The exploration is mainly taking place through collaborative workshops together with students, migrants and older people (wiser people, super adults, senior citizens, older adults) as well as architects, city planners, representatives for housing societies and municipalities. This will generate scenarios and guidelines directed at decision makers and citizens. To enrich and contextualize the practice, Anette Lundebye and Hannah Jones (Stanford University) have identified a series of practical examples and theory, in the remit of housing and our particular audiences. Specifically, we are interested in intergenerational housing concepts and practices. We set up a Skype learning cycle where practice and theory are shared and discussed and we generate ideas for the next steps. A key theme that we discuss are the norms around housing, ownership, temporalities of a home, the standard of a home, the amount of space privacy requires.

  3. BOOST: ‘Future of Home’ facilitation guide

    BOOST ‘Future of Home’ facilitation guide, Spring 2017

    During Spring 2017, Hannah Jones and Anette developed a set of metadesign workshops and a facilitation guide as part of the BOOST metadesign project led by Mathilda Tham at the Department of Design, Linnaeus University. The guide includes: a definition of metadesign and crucial concepts and principles, alongside facilitation guidelines for a set of metadesign tools to lead a ‘dreams & needs’ workshop and a ‘future of home’ workshop. These were used by Sara Hyltén-Cavallius and Åsa Ståhl in a series of collaborative workshops together with students, migrants and older people as well as architects, city planners, building companies, housing associations and municipalities to explore the needs, dreams and visions to inform the ‘Future of Home’ in the region of Småland, Sweden.

  4. Launch of Småland Living Lab

    Labhall, Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden 27. October, 2016.

    A year after the idea of a Småland Living Lab was born, we designed and facilitated a multi-stakeholder one-day workshop to synergise knowledge and interests, and generate concrete ideas for projects in the remit of sustainability in Småland. The 41 participants went through a day of cooking, thinking, talking, mapping, making and forging new connections across: local authorities, NGO’s, researchers, industry, cultural sector, craft, small-hold farming and more. Now we are exploring the rich material that came out and preparing it for a next stage of funding applications and living lab’ing.

  5. Metadesigning Futures

    Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London, 18. September 2016

    As part of London Design Festival and Creative Matters: A New Forum for Creative Futures (15 – 18 September 2016) –  the metadesign research team invited to the event: Metadesigning Futures to celebrate several decades of research from the MA Design Futures programme at Goldsmiths. With the on-going question of how creativity is harnessed in the world, and how designers can play a more effective role in change? the participants (a mixture of experts, including graduates, lecturers and researchers who have developed and/or applied aspects of metadesign to their work,) engaged in playful speculation about possible futures through a series of short talks and workshops. Mathilda and Anette facilitated the ‘Bisociating New Futures’ workshop – a playful and rapid exercise to tease out fresh and possibly surprising new concepts as an alternative to collective brainstorming.


  6. Curious Design Change workshop

    Curious Design Change Workshop at Linnaeus University, Sweden, 16. October 2015.

    To launch the design research platform Curious Design Change that Mathilda leads at Linnaeus University, Sweden, we designed and delivered a transdisciplinary workshop. The 30 participants included researchers from the fields of design, literature, gender studies, archeology, economics, history, informatics, and some externals — energy authority, municipality, business incubator. The workshop took place in the huge wood and metal workshop in three consecutive sessions on: Curiosity (mapping research interests and possible synergies), Change (possible strategies for implementation) and food for thought (making an organic lunch with a local chef). The question guiding the session was ‘what is the potential of our collaborations?’ and to explore what new and exciting transdisciplinary research may emerge between design and various fields such as gender studies or …  Imagine a new field called:Intergalactic gender expression!

  7. Designing learning scenarios for futures of sustainability

    Nordes 2015: Design Ecologies, Konstfack, Stockholm, 9. June, 2015

    For their ambitious 3-hour workshop at the Nordes 2015: Design Ecologies conference, Dr. Hannah Jones and Anette held the question: How can we re-design design education to design itself, so that it can become really responsive and effective on behalf of the environment? The aim of the workshop was to facilitate the co-design of learning experiences, which explored and responded to a range of sustainable futures scenarios at a systemic level. The workshop outcomes took the form of design ‘seeds’ or prototypes of these sustainable futures learning experiences that might be further developed into classes etc. One of the key insights from the workshop was the experiential ways in which the teams of participants imagined and communicated these future learning-scenarios.

  8. Oxford Design Charette

    Oxford, St Hilda's College. 26 August, 2014.

    In August 2014 the staff at Department of Design, Linnaeus University, Sweden gathered in Oxford for two intensive learning days in preparation for the launch of two new degree programmes, Design + Change and Visual Communication + Change , in 2015.  Mathilda and Anette facilitated a design charette which  enabled the staff to go through the six terms of the three years of the degree programmes in one intense day!

    A key insight was how valuable an immersive process without disruptive show-and-tells can be. The staff engaged in a series of mini-projects, involving mapping, role-play, making and more, staying inside the process all day long. Instead of formal presentations of project results, each term ended with a quiet moment of ‘graphic harvesting’ of experiences through means of drawing and writing.

  9. metadesign and a music festival

    Masters Design (MA) programme at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Oslo 4. November 2013

    To kick off this year’s Socially Responsive Design (SRvD) project for the MA design students at Oslo National Academy of the Arts  (KHiO), Anette facilitated 2-days of workshops using a metadesign tools and methods to look at issues around sustainability and design at a systemic level. This year’s case study is the Hove Festival, one of  Norway’s largest music festivals. With the aim to address sustainable consumption and behaviour change, students will question: How can a festival be doing the most good? Through observation and research the students should create interventions and playful events that can challenge wasteful behaviours and attitudes of the festival goers.

  10. playing with diversities for socially responsive design

    Kurshumli An, Old Bazaar, Skopje, Macedonia 5. October 2013

    How do you work as ‘socially responsive designer’? During Skopje Design Week, Anette gave a three-hour creative workshop where participants were introduced to a playful design process based on ‘bisociation’ (Koestler 1964, Jones and Lundebye, 2012) that has evolved from the on-going research into ‘metadesign’ tools. The set of tools provide an effective starting point for rapid prototyping of design seeds with the aim to create socially responsive design. Key themes that came up in this workshop tended to focus on: craftsmanship, gift economy, shared ownership, localism and storytelling. The workshop was supported by Norsk Form and Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  11. Swarovski Futuring Workshop

    Wattens, Austria, 18 & 19 June, 2013.

    Anette was invited by the design research studio Loop.pH to be part of a team that designed and facilitated a two-day ‘futuring’ workshop for Swarovski.  The  aim was to explore ‘sustainable innovation’ and Swarovski’s future role as a corporate citizen. This ambitious workshop used a mix of approaches and tools from Metadesign and 100% Open and brought together a multidisciplinary group of experts from diverse disciplines including: mathematics, material science, social enterprise, sustainable design, synthetic biology and architecture to work together with Swarovski innovators.

  12. Mapping Design – across all times and everything

    Workshop, Department of Design, Goldsmiths, University of London, 6 February 2013

    Mathilda facilitated a workshop with the BA Design first year students, as part of their contextual course Ecology and Design. In the workshop we explored how objects of design are influenced by, and influence difference aspects of society and over time  – a really big scale outlook on design, based in the materiality of and our relationships with everyday objects. We used Stewart Brand’s model of civilization, with six layers from the very slow, ‘nature’, through ‘culture’, ‘governance’, ‘infrastructure’, ‘commerce’ to the very fast, ‘fashion’ as a starting point, adding a continuum from ‘positive’ to ‘negative’ impact. We plotted the model on the floor of the big workshop space, placing objects we had brought in where we thought they best fit. Then we used string to explore links between different objects and layers. This was a process of negotiation and provoked challenging discussions. Did the clock origin from culture or governance? What is its contribution to our lifestyles today? And what about sneakers?

    Brand, S. 1999. The Clock of the Long Now: Time and Responsibility. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson.

  13. Sustainable Apparel Futures – Sweden 2030

    Workshop, Architecture Museum, Stockholm 30 January 2013

    In conjunction with the Global Leadership Award at the Architecture Museum in Stockholm, a big workshop for the apparel sector – hosted by The Antonia Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Sustainable Development - to begin the process of developing a ambitious and long-term sustainability vision for the apparel industry in Sweden and the Nordic region. Mathilda, who has been part of running the Sustainable Fashion Academy since its start in 2007, facilitated the working group on the Future of the Fashion Experience. Anette facilitated the working group on the Future of Social Responsibility. The workshop brought together leading members from the commercial apparel sector, politicians, government agencies, advocacy organizations, investors, research institutions, and the media.

  14. Metadesign workshop for course leaders at the School of Design, LNU

    School of Design, Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden, 19 October 2012

    We, Mathilda and Anette were invited to hold a full-day workshop for the staff in the school of Design at Linnaeus University. The purpose of the day was to offer an experience of some pedagogical approaches to sustainability that have emerged from our metadesign research, and to prompt discussion on diverse ways of engaging with sustainability in design education. The design of the day was based on the framework of ‘co-operative inquiry’ (Reason and Heron, 2001) and led to interesting reflections on managing uncertainty, paradoxes and agency.

  15. Bisociating diversities for socially responsive design

    Central St. Martins, London 11 September 2012.

    To kick start the Design & Emotion conference we did a three-­hour workshop introducing a method called ‘bisociating diversities’ that aims to provide a focused framework for ideation and to tease out fresh and possibly surprising new concepts. This playful design method has evolved out of our ongoing research into ‘metadesign’ (Jones and Lundebye, 2012). We had participants from industry and academia co-design some interesting concepts for socially responsive design, such as “happifying communities-on-the-go.”

  16. How can sustainability inform design methods and processes?

    Goldsmiths, University of London, 18th October, 2011









    Anette delivered a workshop and talk for the seminar series: Methods & Processes for all the design students across the Master programmes at Goldsmiths. Together with Hannah Jones, programme leader for MA Design Futures at Goldsmiths the students got to explore the life cycle of a selection of everyday objects in a tactile and qualitative way as well as get an overview of how sustainability informs new visions, strategies and frameworks for design. This sparked some interesting debates on some of the paradoxes and contradictions many products such as: a Patagonia fleece jacket, a wooden stapler or a Guerlain powder refill container may pose, and what more it offered opportunities to rethink about use and adequate lifespan of products.

  17. Eco-Chic in Shanghai

    Shangtex, Shanghai, 25 August, 2011

    Mathilda delivered a workshop on sustainability to Chinese fashion designers in Shanghai. The event, hosted by the Swedish General Consulate and Shangtex, took place in preparation for the opening of the exhibition Eco-Chic – Towards Sino-Swedish Sustainable Fashion in October. The exhibition, which was developed by the Swedish Institute, and for which Mathilda has been an expert advisor, showcases Swedish sustainable fashion and has been touring major cities, including Berlin, New York and San Francisco. For its Chinese launch, the exhibition will be enriched by outfits developed by renowned Chinese Designers, and students from Raffles Design Institute. See more here.

  18. Co-designing a new Master programme

    Regent's College, London, 4 February, 2011

    In February 2011 Anette designed and facilitated two workshops for the development of MA Creative Leadership for the School of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology and Regent’s Business School at Regent’s College London. The aim of the workshops was to support the project in finding direction in a complex and wholly new approach to postgraduate study within Regent’s College. The mission was to seek out commonalities and language from a trans-disciplinary team of specialists in psychology, business, management, mediation, psychotherapy and as well as theatre and the arts, design, international relations and politics and to generate ownership, partnerships and a holistic understanding of the programme.

  19. Socially Responsive Design II

    Oslo National Art Academy, Oslo, 18-20 October, 2011

    This year the Master students were asked to take their new campus as a starting point to explore broader lifestyle issues in terms of social and environmental impacts. The aim was to help understand their new community at KHiO, both within the institution as well as it’s relationships with the neighborhood. Together with Hannah Jones from Goldsmiths, the students got to experience a metadesign process by taking part in a series of collaborative workshops with the aim of synergizing interdisciplinary design teams; co-design different design interventions; challenge views of what design is and what it could be.

  20. Metadesign & Socially Responsive Design

    Romsås, Oslo, 12-16. October, 2009

    Romsås, Oslo, 12-16 October, 2009

    This week-long Socially Responsive Design (SRVD) project with the first year MA Design students at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, used design research and metadesign tools to initiate a research project on potential meeting-spaces for local inhabitants at Romsås in Oslo. Through a series of presentations and workshops we challenged the students to question their assumptions on diversity and to develop their roles as designers beyond their traditional expertise.


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