Designingdialogue

Advises for designing dialogues by Waag Society

‘With young adults, museum staff, and designers all involved in this dialogue, we take the notion of co-creation literally and try to move beyond the use of mere words; actually designing some potential intervention strategies for the museum together ‘hands-on’.

Advises for designing dialogues

  • Have a clear research goal per sessions
  • Avoid consultation and focus on empowerment and co-creation
  • Create a save spot during the sessions
  • Guarantee equality between the participants
  • Build a long term relationship between the participants and Dutch Museum of Ethnology
  • Pay attention to the role of the institute: stay neutral and don’t be in constant control during the sessions

As Dick van Dijk put it: ‘With young adults, museum staff, and designers all involved in this dialogue, we take the notion of co-creation literally and try to move beyond the use of mere words; actually designing some potential intervention strategies for the museum together ‘hands-on’. This was not an easy task for most. I witnessed a fair amount of procrastination, unease, and reluctance, but in the end – no doubt helped in part by time pressure – we came up with some serious results.

During the co-creation sessions we’ve experienced that ‘language’ and tone of voice are both an important point of discussion: museums need to be truthful and shouldn’t ‘disguising’ things since this leads to exclusion of certain people. Besides that, the focus of museums is very much on getting visitors in. The co-creation participants expect the museum coming to their lives, instead of the other way around.

Designing dialogues for an ethnographic museum – Waag Society.