Method

METHODS

In Enactlab we do not study or understand the world from a scientific and observational distance. We engage with both the world and people wholeheartedly in our collaborations, and we bring in ourselves and our own engagement accordingly. We ask and formulate questions, we wonder and we aim to bring the different resources of the different actors into play.

The Enact method assumes that people who are co-creators of meaningful knowledge are more motivated to change attitudes, mindsets and to act accordingly. In our perspective, creating new knowledge is an integrated part of taking action and the knowledge is enacted when it is transformed into meaningful acts of practice.

This also means that we work with different levels and institutional settings of human life, and how they interact with various aspects of personal life, family life, social life etc. In each of these settings, and through their dynamic interactions, we strive to understand how meaningfulness is achieved, experienced and lived for and by individuals.

We use an interdisciplinary collaborative and open science methodology, and employ both philosophical conceptualization, qualitative and quantitative methods, and interventions studies to develop and document impact in the lived worlds of individuals.

The Enact method therefore paint with the colors and nuances of both the subjective and objective levels of reality, producing knowledge in a third space between theory and practice.

Being open to all perspectives and all levels of reality, encourage a sensibility for forms of knowledge not reducible to texts and spreadsheets. In order to capture different forms of knowledge and experiences, we use all sorts of audiovisual media (e.g. films, podcasts and performances) in addition to more traditional research and communication methods.

THEORY

The research foundation of Enactlab is based upon the philosophy of phenomenology, translated into E-cognitive science (enacted, embodied, embedded, emotive, ecological and extended).

In other words, this means we:

Understand the challenges and problems we work with as a unified whole, and see complexity and individual first-person experiences and perspectives, as necessary and essential part of the knowledge processes (Phenomenology)

Understand that knowledge is as always dependent on sense-making, which means that knowledge is something that we as experiencing humans practically enact. We therefore emphasize  overlooked subjective dimensions of experiential, contextualized, concrete and lived knowledge (Enaction)

Understand persons as a complex whole of: body (biological, functional, lived), emotions (feelings, affectivity, values), mind (brain, cognition, psychology), tools (analog and digital technology) and environment (relations, society, culture, history). We work with interdisciplinary research processes that embrace these aspects of the human complexity (Embodiment, Emotion, Extension)

Understand that all human lives take place in concrete social practices within societal and cultural-historical institutions, which influence how we as humans perceive and act on different possibilities in our lives (Ecological).