Collaborative for Knowledge, Innovation, and Design
Central to the fields of media, information, and communication are the activities of design–creating, inventing, intervening, and transforming the given into something preferred. This happens when people create a news story, a health campaign, a database, and so on. The artifacts people create and the way they create them are sources of knowledge. Yet, the ways of approaching the human built environment through research tend to highlight research practices for establishing empirical truth or for critique relative to an idealized sense of what ought to be. While both of these approaches are relevant, neither embraces how knowing happens through the doing or how knowledge is entailed in what is created.
The Collaborative for Knowledge, Innovation, and Design (C-KInD) is a place for thinking and doing dedicated to creating a culture of innovation for communication, information, and media with scholars and practitioners. C-KinD embraces and experiments Design as a Way of Knowing via a series of seminars, design events and competitions. Further, C-KinD will be establishing an annual design institute that will allow Rutgers faculty and students to develop their innovation skills in an international setting. Each design Institute provides a select group of undergraduate and graduate students the chance to experience a week of expert lectures, field trips and hands-on activities in collaboration with faculty and students from an international host university. Each year, activities will address a core social issue such as health and wellness, urban growth, or global warming.