The methods and tools offered by the td-net toolbox specifically focus on jointly developing projects, conducting research and exploring ways to impact in heterogeneous groups. They are intended to help shape collaboration between experts and stakeholders from science and practice in systematic and traceable ways.
According to the understanding we refer to, transdisciplinary research involves different perspectives on an issue. Borrowing ideas of Ludwik Fleck, these perspectives can be understood as thought styles held by specific groups of people, i.e. thought collectives. Such thought collectives can be for instance represented by biologists, philosophers, farmers or midwives. We refer to processes that involve representatives of different thought collectives jointly developing new knowledge as to processes of knowledge co-production in heterogeneous groups.
The understanding of methods and tools that td-net uses here is rather broad. A method is a structured way of doing something that can be communicated to and reproduced by others. Methods for co-producing knowledge support representatives of different thought collectives in better understanding each other’s ways of thinking and in relating their thought styles to each other in order to jointly generate something new.
Learn more on the type of methods featured in the portal as a whole:
The main criterion for selecting methods for the td-net toolbox is:
Other criteria include:
Criteria for exclusion are:
Such methods, though interesting and relevant, are excluded because they lie outside of the scope of the td-net toolbox for co-producing knowledge.