Rutgers SCI


Collaborative for Knowledge, Innovation, and Design


Past Events:

Global Governance for Health: The role of the university

The School of Communication and Information (SC&I) and the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA) hosted Dr. Ole Petter Ottersen, President of the University of Oslo (UiO) as part of the Global Health! biennial theme. Prof Ottersen, is a physician who also holds a doctorate in medicine, was the head of UiO’s Department of Anatomy, UiO’s Vice-Dean of Research for the medical faculty, and Director of the Norwegian Research Council’s Centre for Molecular Biology and Neuroscience. He recently chaired the Lancet-UiO Commission on the Global Governance for Health that explored the political determinants of health and searches for innovations in the governance of health.

Dr. Ottersen’s presented Global Governance for Health: The role of the university. He spoke about the opportunities, challenges, and responsibilities for universities to provide national and international leadership through their independence as research institutions – especially for promoting health and well-being throughout the world. We also invite you to engage with Dr. Ottersen and colleagues from around campus in a roundtable discussion to envision opportunities for Rutgers to develop multi-disciplinary research, education, and societal engagement. We will give some special consideration to opportunities at the intersection of health and well-being with communication, information, and media processes and practices.

Knowledge Sharing for Social Innovation

Aldo de Moor, Community Sense, “Knowledge Sharing for Social Innovation: The Dutch Tilburg Regional Case
Oct 21, 2014 7 p.m.

Aldo de Moor will discuss community informatics and social innovation (SI) and why better knowledge sharing is a key element in improving the SI ecosystem. His presentation will focus on his work with the Tilburg regional SI ecosystem by focusing on two key elements being developed to strengthen the ecosystem: SI storytelling architecture and Knowledge Cloud. The KnowledgeCloud being developed by the Tilburg public library consisting of an online platform and a set of online and physical services (Community Librarian, KnowledgeWorkshop, Think Tank Service etc.) as a way to link the knowlede creation and sharing in the regional network of organizations, networks, and communities. He will engage the audience in discussion about community engagement, building collaborative partnerships, and the relationship between SI and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Design Thinking Series – Viewing and Discussion of “The Genius of Design”

The School of Communication and Information continues its Design Thinking series with a showing of the BBC documentary series The Genius of Design. This series seeks to promote and integrate design thinking into the SC&I and Rutgers communities, following up on the 3 design documentaries shown in the Fall 2013 semester. You can read more about the BBC documentary at

The documentary showing will be followed by a Q&A session led by Dr. Mark Aakhus of the Communication department at SC&I. Dr. Aakhus’s research focuses on human creativity in fostering collaboration and managing conflict. He investigates the role of communication in managing complex situations through close examination of language, argument, and social interaction in professional practice, organizational processes, and information systems. His research develops the perspective that communication is a design practice and seeks to advance knowledge about augmenting human interaction and reasoning through technological and organizational interventions.

All members of the Rutgers community are welcome – undergraduates, grad students, PhD, PTL, faculty, administrative and technology staff. Pizza and soda will be provided.


Rutgers School of Communication and Information
3rd floor Faculty Lounge
4 Huntington St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Design Thinking: a documentary series followed by discussion and Q&A

Wednesday, April 16th, 7pm-9pm

Design as a Way of Knowing

PhD Program Mini Seminars “Methods-Design-Creativity”

Faculty host: Ingrid Erickson (Guest speakers: Mark Aakhus, Xiaomu Zhou)

Abstract: 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 and 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. This mini-seminar will introduce students to constructs from design to investigate how design is a way of knowing distinct from but on par with and complementary to our other ways of generating knowledge.