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A fantastic thread on specific examples of breeding applicable interdisciplinarity.

In fact, I think we can go further, and designers can help.
There's a trend here.

In a lot of different environments, designers are realizing there's useful and powerful theories, insights, and communities from disciplines they never considered; and there happens to be a reactionary clash from the communities who live in that space.
We have an opportunity here.

Sometimes that clash is valuable, because it offers space for people to acknowledge, voice, and catalyze a community to make their knowledge known.

But sometimes, we can connect without friction, and towards a collective goal.
Let's be clear: academics have been fighting over the location of knowledge for years. A great discussion of how knowledge is born can be found from Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions. (affiliate link)

Designers, of course, have this fight all the time; about which parts of the discipline should e valued and included in places of power. Because the field sits on the edge of the possible, I don't see these fights ending anytime soon.b

But, that's why design as a meta-field is so powerful.

Designers, can use design, to learn about how to expand design.
Getting people, in a room together, to learn about the edges of the disciplines, to describe what each field knows and lacks, and learn about how we can align our knowledges together?

That process would be even more powerful with the right experts in the room.
Imagine if STS researchers, armed with the canon on the field, openly and without ego, offers the knowledge, history, and epistemological foundations of the field to UX, UI, and CX professionals to make products, services, institutions, and systems.

With a design workshop.
Imagine if ecology experts applied their frames and methods, with all their understanding, towards understanding the important qualities of a business ecosystem.

Using maps, linkages, and flows of resources.
I'm a fan of a design world where designers make space for other's expertise, instead of harping on what does or does not exist. We're master bricoleurs, anyway.

To do so, we must set up spaces of collective goal alignment, open learning, and mutual respect.

I'm down for it.
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