A visual consent form has been developed as collaboration between RECOMS fellow Mai Abbas and a graphic recorder and visual facilitator professional (Réka Livits, Visualive). The aim of this work is to break down the rigid concept of informed consent form and making it more accessible to the participants, which might lead to better engagement and understanding of the research process. This enhances the communication process and the building of trust between the researcher and the community members.
Creative methods engage participants outside the parameters of traditional qualitative data collection and analysis. They often include empathetic, artistic, narrative, or aesthetic expression as the basis for investigating, intervening, creating knowledge, and sharing information. Such methods are intended to evoke deeper research insights and richer or more nuanced interpretations. They can facilitate meaning making and highlight alternative types of knowledge and ways of knowing.
Little things—inviting smell of the morning coffee, a bird’s song, sunlight that briefly caresses my room, tender bud readying to sprout on a nameless plant I picked from the street—all of them make my routine now a little less worrying, a little more wholesome. Stuck inside, I come up with rituals to mark up periods of a surprisingly long day. I am in charge of my schedule—a role that largely used to be taken over by the outside world.
The new blog - initiated by Prof. Lummina Horlings and Dr Gwenda van der Vaart, University of Groningen in the Netherlands - was started to offer a platform on transformative change.
RECOMS Training 4, Creativity, visualisation and communication: Workshop and master class was held in Vienna, Austria hosted by BOKU University between 3rd-13th February 2020.
From late December 2019 till late January 2020, the European Commission has had a public consultation enabling feedbacks to its policy for “safeguarding nature – EU 2030 biodiversity strategy” that ultimately will define the EU's biodiversity direction in the upcoming 10 years. Rubén Vezzoni was among the 328 feedback providers during the consultation.
Sergio Ruiz Cayuela works in Coventry, UK to create ownership of the Coventry canal and its surroundings with local communities and to celebrate the Coventry Canal from a multicultural perspective as well as to raise awareness of the environmental value of the waterway. Apart from the "Reclaiming the Coventry festival" organized in the summertime, he also recently held an arts workshop with local participants a few weeks ago.