Date of Award
Master of Industrial Design
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What is collaborative thesis, and what value does it bring to the process?
Indefinite Origin, is a thesis advocating for knowledge to be decentralized and treated as a shared resource. Deviating from a focus on originality, it engages in the creation of knowledge as a collaborative effort. Design flexibility is practiced through intellectual humility, negotiating methodologies and welcoming chance. This thesis explores ideas from Furtherfield’s Do-It-With-Other (DIWO) or Do-It-Together (DIT)4 philosophies that promote synergy around commons5, cultural and natural resources that are accessible to all members of society.
Moon, Tong-June, "Indefinite origin: decentralizing knowledge" (2021). Masters Theses. 751.
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