Oct 06

Research & Development

Greetings. I’m Barbara, a researcher exploring innovative ways to facilitate networks of people and organizations across education, government, military, and industry. My quest is to promote inclusivity and accessibility using virtual reality to create smart, enabled, and sustainable communities.

Barbara TrumanI study topics that result in advocacy for creating an avatar and participating in open source, virtual world communities. Cultivating an avatar creates attachment that occurs as personal identity is developed and reflected through the adaptation of one’s avatar, serving as a mirror to ‘self’. When the avatar attachment is strong, enhanced collaboration with other avatars can result in attachment to the virtual world milieu.  When the virtual world milieu attachment is strong, community activism results in empowerment that often extends locally to society. Some people become empowered to use their avatar-identity across their physical and virtual environments blending the best of worlds.

Appreciative Reality is the practice of inquiry into what factors contribute to the development of avatar identity that leads to constructive, leadership activities used across virtual-physical communities for the benefit of society and sustainability.

Photo taken at the Red Geranium, New Harmony, Indiana, the town modeled in Virtual Harmony.

I am a champion of The Metaverse committed to build strength-based leaders, citizens, researchers, educators, and most of all collaborators.

My research into collaboration using immersive, virtual environments seeks to model interactions that promote Transdisciplinarity, a skill and philosophy needed to deal with complexity and to thrive.

This site provides information about my experience, current studies, and future goals.


Permanent link to this article: http://barbaratruman.com/transdisciplinary/

Feb 15

Diffusion of Transdisiplinarity

It’s been over four years since I began to seriously study transdisciplinarity as part of my doctoral research into immersive learning and collaboration. Virtual worlds are a useful construct to explore meanings of transdisciplinarity since creating and developing an avatar calls into question the art of ‘Being’. The environment itself calls us to play and toy with the unnatural laws of the simulator that create what we experience. When we consider building experiences, then dynamics of the natural world unfold making us question many things.

A quick search on transdisciplinarity on Vimeo yields 128 presentations. Time to catch up and see which ones resonate to integrate living with complexity.


Permanent link to this article: http://barbaratruman.com/diffusion-of-transdisiplinarity/

Sep 04

Transdisciplinarity and Design: Comparative Review and Synthesis for the Design Process

In the February 2016 Edition of the Radical Designist, A Design Culture Journal (ThRAD) João Figueiredo, Nuno Correia, Inês Secca Ruivo and Jorge Lino Alves of Portugal wrote an article comparing design approaches.

The article, Transdisciplinarity and Design: Comparative Review and Synthesis for the Design Process, is written succinctly offering little elaboration on technicalities of applying the compared models, but SWOT analyses are provided for each model making the differences easier to understand.

The authors proposed a synthesis to foster the cooperation between engineering and industrial design for holistic cooperation beginning in conceptual phases. The authors synthesized model also promotes continuous interaction between phases. The implication also suggests between stakeholders if transdisciplinarity is desired.

Industrial Design LampThe article was supported by the Portuguese Innovation Agency, within the frame of Project NEWFace of the Program of Incentives to Technological Research & Development and the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology and the MITPortugal Program.



Permanent link to this article: http://barbaratruman.com/transdisciplinarity-and-design-comparative-review-and-synthesis-for-the-design-process/

Jul 23

Citation for Research Approach toward Transdisciplinarity

Jay Berstein, anthropologist and librarian, describes trends involving transdisciplinarity in his article listed below. I appreciate the citation of my dissertation and acknowledgement of how I studied group use collaborative virtual environments. It is nice to see someone from the US outside of the Team Science community articulate their observations on how the phenomenon of transdisciplinarity affects inquiry.

Transdisciplinarity: A Review of Its Origins, Development, and Current Issues

Permanent link to this article: http://barbaratruman.com/citation-for-research-approach-toward-transdisciplinarity/

Oct 02

Collaborative learning, transdisciplinarity and social-environmental management in the Amazon: approaches to knowledge production between academia and society | Athayde | Revista Brasileira de Pós-…

Collaborative learning, transdisciplinarity and social-environmental management in the Amazon: approaches to knowledge production between academia and society

Source: ojs.rbpg.capes.gov.br

Nice. The jungle not the retailer. Wonder who at UF is involved. Sounds perfect to model in an immersive environment.


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Jun 18

Disciplinary dilemma: working across research silos is harder than it looks


Andy Stirling: The ‘nexus’ is the latest buzzword intended to lure researchers out of their disciplinary comfort zones. But how easy is it in practice?

“Power becomes visible not just in action, but in knowledge.” I would add ‘being’ that as Dr. Stirling suggests, adds to the transcendence of “mystical romanticism about science” that offers great hope-transdisciplinarity- to assist in global challenges.

Permanent link to this article: http://barbaratruman.com/disciplinary-dilemma-working-across-research-silos-is-harder-than-it-looks/

Apr 11

Educating for Uncertainty: The University’s Preeminent Mission?

Educating for Uncertainty: The University’s Preeminent Mission?

The process of managing uncertainty starts by spending time thinking about the future. That may sound a bit facile, and probably doesn’t seem like an academic pursuit on its face. But planning is a discipline…


Barbara Truman‘s insight:

My dance has extended beyond the bounds of academia as I am now what Dan Pink refers to as a Free Agent, especially after incorporating a non-profit company last week in the State of Florida. Transdisciplinarity is a personal commitment of mine and the word is in my company’s mission. Woodbury University’s commitment is admirable and I agree with attempts to infuse uncertainty across the curriculum. In order to go ‘beyond’ the curriculum I think virtual environments are essential.

The uncertainty of an open source community and sottware are fitting for practicing transdisciplinarity as we strive for social benefits across society.

See on www.huffingtonpost.com

Permanent link to this article: http://barbaratruman.com/educating-for-uncertainty-the-universitys-preeminent-mission/

Mar 12

Innovation Excellence | Are Innovators Better at Multi-dimensional Thinking?

Multi-Dimensional Thinking – The Key to Dynamic Innovation

While I believe that innovation is a process that can and should be managed, I also believe that innovative people simply “are,” and that some people simply cannot (innovate), even if coached.

Barbara Truman‘s insight:

Fraser’s article makes the connection between innovation and transdisciplinarity and lacks only the 3D virtual environment to spawn creativity and imagination. Producing environments rather than just consuming them creates critical thinking too. Personally, I think innovation must arise from authenticity within rather than being required as a business force. This is why the embodied avatar is so important. Who was it that said work is the organized results of play?

See on www.innovationexcellence.com

Permanent link to this article: http://barbaratruman.com/innovation-excellence-are-innovators-better-at-multi-dimensional-thinking/

Feb 10

A pragmatic kind of transdisciplinarity

A pragmatic kind of transdisciplinarity

Hooray for social awkwardness Happy new year! Today we have a guest post by Kate Sherren, a friend and colleague of mine from Dalhousie University, Canada. Together with Jan Hanspach, we just publi…


Barbara Truman‘s insight:

Sustainability science resonates with me as I imagine how to apply what I have learned through studying transdisciplinarity. Clearly the ability to visualize cause and effect in CVEs can be transformational for learning and effective when committed contributors explore possibility. Sherren’s post and this Sustainability blog are worth monitoring for the activism created from engaged minds and hearts. I have not yet read Sherren’s paper that includes colleagues Fischer and Hanspach.Need library access.

See on ideas4sustainability.wordpress.com

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Nov 02

Battling insurgency in war-torn nations with immersive 3D sims (Wired UK)

Battling insurgency in war-torn nations with immersive 3D sims

Simudyne founder Justin Lyon believes his simulation software, founded in complexity science and visualised in 3D, will change the future of all decision-making — but can it work in help win wars?


Barbara Truman‘s insight:

No mention of transdisciplinarity in this news piece, but I find myself in agreement with Lyon about the value of simulation and how not to use it should be malpractice in some cases. Practicing on human for health care, education, and peace keeping no longer needs to be such a crap shoot. Connecting collaboration networks is timely to use such technology. .

See on www.wired.co.uk

Permanent link to this article: http://barbaratruman.com/battling-insurgency-in-war-torn-nations-with-immersive-3d-sims-wired-uk/

Nov 02

EFSA expert: We need to think out of the box on infectious diseases

EFSA expert: We need to think out of the box on infectious diseases

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is launching a new initiative on infectious diseases after a series of recent outbreaks in the EU, such as the Bluetongue (in Northern Europe in 2006), Schmallenberg (in 2011) and Q fever (in the…


Barbara Truman‘s insight:

This article does not mention using CVEs such as when swine flu was a concern in Eqypt, but does cite preparedness for dealing with exotic infectious diseases due to investment in transdisciplinarity. Diverse experts modeling outbreaks and impacts are becoming more common.

See on www.euractiv.com

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