Find out how to enable new forms of collaboration between the sciences, engineering and the arts, design and humanities


We are pleased to announce the publication of the new Leonardo MIT Press ebook with the report from the SEAD white papers study funded by the NSF. The report includes some 73 abstracts, 55 white papers submitted by the international community with some 150 participants.

We thank the members of the community for their contributions and ideas which can be found in the white papers linked to the ebook.

We hope that the ideas in this collection will be useful in the coming years as our community of practice continues to grow. There is increasing international interest in how to enable new forms of collaboration between the science, engineering and the arts,design and humanities.

Roger Malina, Carol Strohecker, Carol Lafayette co chairs.

The ebook is available open access ( in PDF or ebook format) at


Steps to an Ecology of Networked Knowledge and Innovation: Enabling New Forms of Collaboration among Sciences, Engineering, Arts, and Design

Roger F. Malina, Carol Strohecker, and Carol LaFayette, on behalf of SEAD network contributors

In 2012, The Network for Sciences, Engineering, Arts, and Design (SEAD) launched a White Papers initiative to build community awareness of perceived challenges and opportunities for transdisciplinary collaboration across the breadth of science, engineering, art, design and the humanities. The resulting study takes note of the growing international interest and development of initiatives in universities, corporations and civil society.This synthesis report offers a set of “action clusters” common to texts from the international response by SEAD members. Suggested Actions are structured according to similarities of motivation and purpose, and addressed to specific stakeholders.

The SEAD White Papers initiative was chaired by Roger Malina and co-chaired by Carol Strohecker, with the assistance of an international Steering Group and coordination by Carol LaFayette and Amy Ione, Managing Editor. The report contains images from SEAD collaborators and links to all White Papers contributions.

SEAD was funded under the US National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant No. 1142510. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


Download the report for free below.

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