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Feedback as Exploratory Self-Research #19

therealitycorp opened this issue Jul 1, 2019 · 0 comments

Feedback as Exploratory Self-Research #19

therealitycorp opened this issue Jul 1, 2019 · 0 comments


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Relationships are fundamental to networked activity—as a kind of interpersonal infrastructure, feedback allows us to communicate our expectations and observations. Even with the proliferation of organizational frameworks to help us consider giving and receiving, our intentions can be clouded by biases, misaligned goals, and fraught relationships.

If the only variable we can control is ourselves, how can we consciously act to depersonalize feedback and guide our colleagues to coach / evaluate us on the areas in which we need or hope to grow? What relevant methods or approaches could we borrow from design research?

This workshop will open with a primer on existing feedback frameworks and models, then participants will work individually and collaboratively through a semi-structured activity to answer “what could it look like to frame feedback as exploratory research into ourselves?

Type: talk | workshop
Length: 1 hour
Language: english
Additional considerations: max number of participants - 12

Session Objective

• Learn about existing feedback frameworks / models
• Discuss & consider strategies to better address feedback in your own practice

Material and Technical Requirements

• projector & screen
• space for up to 12 participants to write (table & chairs?)


Name: Sam McGarva
Twitter: @therealitycorp
GitHub: @therealitycorp

As organizers we strive for low-cost pathways of participation, are you interested in a community billet program either hosting out-of-towners or staying with locals?

Presenter Bio

I believe that all design should be human-centred. I’m excited about the role designers can play in developing technology & policy that considers the real needs and values of people. I currently work as a freelance designer, research & teach in the School of Design at George Brown College, and study for a Master of Information at the University of Toronto (with a concentration in Culture & Technology and Critical Information Policy Studies).

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