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Valuables of NewEarth: From reality to games and the way back

Morás Jiménez, Estefanía (2023) Valuables of NewEarth: From reality to games and the way back.

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Abstract:The way academic disciplines collaborate across fields has had a long evolution. Each collaboration approach presents their own challenges and opportunities when it comes to reaching an understanding among those involved. Transdisciplinary research, a more socially responsible way of doing science, needs to incorporate the perspectives of academic and non-academic stakeholders into framing the complex societal challenge addressed. A discussion of values and worldviews can benefit the research process in its initial stages as different stakeholders come together to collaborate. Smart city collaborations, addressing urban challenges through smart technology, are used as a case study to understand in which way the multitude of stakeholder perspectives frame the collaboration. Through research into theory and practice, the serious game NewEarth (Figure 0) is designed to support the value discussion between different stakeholders. NewEarth focuses on supporting a collaborative process to design a fictional smart city informed by the values and worldviews of every player. In their roles, players embark on a journey, towards a new planet, to build a city where they want to live that addresses an environmental urban challenge. In NewEarth players discover and negotiate their belief systems in four game phases. Phases include packing open-ended resources; discovering smart technologies; negotiating to decide which resources to discard; and building their new smart city under certain limitations. This serious game, promoting relational learning outcomes, can contribute to exploring complex societal challenges addressed by transdisciplinary research. NewEarth can mediate a productive discussion of smart city technologies that pays attention to the interconnected multitude of values and the mediating role of language. The design outcome of this thesis promotes an alternative way of communication between scientific and societal practice.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Programme:Industrial Design Engineering MSc (66955)
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