Collaborating with Care: Experiences from a Virtual Workshop

SCIENCE FOR SUSTAINABILITY

The current pandemic affects all aspects of personal as well as professional lives. In academia, collaboration of research teams is being restricted by travel-bans and other safety measures. The Care Operative, a group of 20 international sustainability science colleagues who were planning to attend in-person meetings this March, was prohibited from gathering through COVID-19-related travel restrictions. Thus, the group decided to shift the planned workshop online and adapt for virtual collaboration. In a recently published report, they share their experiences on how to create online workshops that are productive and at the same time engaging, caring, and fun. To this end, they identify dispositions, practices, and techniques that facilitated their positive online interaction.

Joint activities like trying to clap simultaneously, stretching, or getting up and finding an object with a particular quality (e.g. a hat, something yellow, etc.) can enliven virtual gatherings and recharge mental and physical batteries. (The Care…

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