I receive individual participants for a 1,5 hour private studio-workshop “Engaging Encounters: Sketching the Future of TEI”. This studio-workshop will run maximally 6 times during Thursday and Friday, January 15 and 16, making use of the mobile design and sensemaking studio (D&S studio) . The studio-workshop will go through four phases: getting acquainted, setting the stage, sketching the future of TEI, and wrapping up.
00:00-00:10 Getting acquainted: In order to get engaged and work at an empathic level as quickly as possible, every encounter starts with a brief introduction session using Engagement Catalysers , to explore and visualise which values drives us in our work and life.
00:10-00:20 Setting the stage: We will start by placing three items on the stage that we have selected before the studio-workshop, based on the theme “sketching the future of TEI” and on each other’s experience, background and interest (which will be exchanged before the start of the studio-workshop). We will briefly explain to each other what we have brought and why.
00:20-01:20 Sketching the future of TEI: Thereupon we have one hour to explore, discuss and sketch the future of TEI, as vivid and tangible as possible, using all the materials and tools offered and brought along. We can also go out to collect materials or try out each other’s work, demos, techniques, tools etc. As the TEI- community is based a various paradigms, this encounter scrutinises differences in our underlying paradigms; do we use for example a phenomenology- inspired design way of tangible, embedded and embodied interaction, an artistic approach towards TEI, or what we loosely call a Cartesian computer science and engineering-based way towards TEI. Since a multiplicity of perspectives is highly desirable for a healthy and mature TEI community, we will explore during the encounter how the different paradigms meet, how we can learn from each other, and how we can bring the field forward. Moreover, we will explore during this encounter how TEI might influence the interaction with the world in the next decade, and what we see beyond that decade. The encounter makes use of the mobile D&S studio, which was especially designed for this project based on the concept of embodied sensemaking .
01:20-01:30 Wrapping up: We finalise the encounter, by concluding and summarizing the finding of the session. The overall result will be documented in a blog, and be a part of a book and a movie about the entire project Engaging Encounters: Sketching the Future together. Through all the encounters and ‘publications’, this project aims at inspiring people in their work and perspective on the world, including TEI, and their contribution in shaping the future together. Moreover, the project aims at helping to bridge the communication gaps between the 3 different worlds of research, politics, commerce and living, and the different world within research, e.g. design, art, engineering and social science.
A few weeks after every encounter at TEI’15: Every participant can receive his or her own trace of the whole session, existing of 1) a few photos of the overall setting/trace, 2) a small luxury box with cards that are related to every scaffold used during the encounter and a booklet showing the overall results of the TEI studio-workshop, and 3) an URL to the digital database of that specific encounter, including the audio recording with the time- stamps. This way every participant gets scaffolds that they can use again to show and discuss their envisioned future with their colleagues and friends. There will be cost to receive these physical traces.
 Hummels, C. and Van Dijk, J. (2015). Seven principles to design for embodied sensemaking. TEI’15 Conference, Stanford, 15-19 January 2015.