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Feliciano Students Explore Real-World Teamwork through Co-Curation of a Virtual Exhibit on Long COVID

https://business.montclair.edu/about/news/50254

 

Students at the Feliciano School of Business must learn how high-performing teams practice excellent decision-making and problem-solving. There is nothing like a real-world story to help illustrate how things work and make the learning stick. This past year, Professor Kirsten Richert from the Department of Management, shared a moving example of collaborative innovation and decision-making with her Organizational Behavior students, describing her participation in the co-curation of a virtual exhibit on the experiences of people who have Long COVID. 

Richert’s teaching draws upon her experience in three core disciplines, business management, ideation methodology, and facilitation. Trained as a corporate on-call innovation coach, Richert helped teams plan new efforts, generate ideas, and execute strategies. Richert assisted a nonprofit organization, Relational Space, co-curate a virtual exhibit sharing the experience of people with Long COVID. Relational Space is a nonprofit located in Brooklyn, NY, that creates contemporary art and immersive installations. 

Business students and sometimes even leaders in the workplace can be reluctant to engage in group decision-making due to the serious drawbacks often experienced. However, by providing rigorous structures, such as design thinking to diverge to generate many ideas and then converge to find the most viable, desirable, and feasible solutions, a leader can truly leverage the wisdom of their team. 

A real-world example of this kind of intentional, well-designed collaborative decision making was the co-curation of a virtual exhibit on the experiences of Long Haulers—or people who have Long COVID. A worldwide team of 12 artists and scientists paired up to co-curate the exhibit, blending their knowledge, skills, and wisdom to design a virtual museum installation to showcase people's experiences with Long COVID. This disparate group of people, many of whom had never met before and some of whom were Long Haulers coping with the ravages of the disease, quickly became a high-functioning team that effectively designed an amazing online exhibit together in just a short series of weeks. Working together using a blend of synchronous and asynchronous collaboration methods—including Zoom, BaseCamp, and phone calls—this group, led by Relational Space Director Leigh Jerome with facilitation assistance from Professor Richert, created a vision for the virtual visitors' experience, identified themes that the exhibit would explore, came up with overarching metaphors to use for the design, and agreed upon key elements to guide the installation.

Highlighting this example, Professor Richert helped her students see how structured facilitation allows leaders to use the power of group decision-making to be much more effective in real-world problem-solving. Students were also invited to the show when it launched. The show is still going on today for our students and alumni, so they can continue to explore this important topic. 

Long COVID - We Are Here! is a virtual exhibit that highlights the plight of people experiencing Long COVID. It is a fearless exploration into the long-haul experience aiming to

  1. Raise awareness;

  2. Compel an international, funded research agenda;

  3. Advocate for a global repository of open access articles, resources, therapeutics & treatment strategies;

  4. Urge widespread physician training and patient support.

 

Due to popular demand, this powerful and moving show has been extended indefinitely and can be accessed at: https://www.longcovidwearehere.com

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PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

   

    RELATIONAL SPACE ANNOUNCES

  

     ‘Long COVID – We Are Here!

    An Arts/Science Virtual Collaborative Installation

 

 

 

“A fearless exploration into the COVID-19 Long-Hauler experience.”

 

 

Brooklyn, NY, April 13, 2021– Contemporary art and immersive installation community leader Relational Space announces a new arts and science collaborative exhibit entitled: ‘Long COVID - We Are Here!’. International scientists and artists have exchanged talents and expertise in facilitated sessions to co-curate a virtual, immersive and informative exhibition. This installation will feature new media formats to explore Long COVID’s debilitating effects on individual’s health and parallels with our society as a whole.

 

Globally close to 140 million people have been confirmed to have been infected with COVID-19 – more than 30 million in the U.S. alone. Research estimates approximately thirty percent of people who contract the virus will experience enduring symptoms. This means that millions of people are long-haulers already, suffering from puzzling and debilitating symptoms that affect multiple systems across the entire body. Long-COVID constitutes an epidemic by itself, yet long-haulers are not currently being counted by any government in any consistent way. ​The long-term effects of COVID-19 are insidious and far-reaching, with symptoms ranging from extreme fatigue, dizziness, insomnia and brain fog to neurologic, GI, cardiac, and/or cardiovascular distress. 

‘Long COVID - We Are Here!’ seeks to raise awareness about the impact of this disabling post-viral epidemic; open doors for a research/medical community already strained by the COVID-19 pandemic to compel the establishment of an international, funded Long COVID research agenda; advocate for a global repository of articles, resources, therapeutics and treatment strategies; and, urge widespread physician training related to Long COVID.

 

“We are humbled by the courage of the millions of people who are experiencing Long COVID and are struggling to find help for their unbearable symptoms, often completely without support,” remarks Dr. Leigh W. Jerome, Founding Director of Relational Space. “Many of us have been sick with long COVID for over a year. Every day, until this pandemic is over, our numbers continue to grow.”

 

 

‘Long COVID-We Are Here!’ will be exhibited virtually April 29-May 30, 2021.

 

For more information please contact: 

 

Leigh W. Jerome, Ph.D.

Founding Director, Relational Space

808.783.4455
Leigh@LeighJerome.com

https://www.Relational-Space.org  

 

 

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About Relational Space:

Cross-pollination quickens creativity and innovation. Relational Space is an NYC based art gallery and forum that brings scientists and artists together to collaborate around powerful data-driven narratives for knowledge exchange, new knowledge creation, and to co-curate immersive installations able to inspire and mobilize our global community for positive social change. Our vision is to build a more just and sustainable world, inspired through art and informed by truth.

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https://www.labnews.co.uk/article/2031012/call-for-entries-long-covid-co-created-science-and-art-installation
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PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RELATIONAL SPACE ANNOUNCES OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:

LONG-COVID – WE ARE HERE!

Arts/Science Collaborative Exhibition

 

The online exhibit will take place April 29-May 30, 2021 and will be

 co-curated by science and artists featuring a variety of new media formats 

 

Brooklyn, December 1, 2020 – Contemporary art and immersive installation community leader Relational Space https://www.Relational-Space.org announces today a new arts and science collaborative exhibit, Long-COVID – We Are Here. Designed as a fearless exploration into the COVID-19 Long-Hauler experience, the spring 2021 virtual event will feature the collaborative work of diverse artists, scientists and others impacted by the lingering and debilitating effects of the novel coronavirus.

 

Interested participants are encouraged to submit artwork and scientific papers that reflect upon the current crisis and the impact of living with the syndrome before December 15, 2020 for consideration. Click here for the exhibit’s submission specifications.

 

Globally more than 60 million people have been confirmed to have been infected with COVID-19 – more than 12 million in the U.S. alone. Ten to fifteen percent of people who contract the virus will experience enduring symptoms - meaning millions of people are long-haulers already, suffering from puzzling symptoms that affect the entire body. Long-COVID constitutes an epidemic by itself. ​The long-term effects of COVID-19 are insidious and far-reaching, affecting the whole body, with symptoms ranging from extreme fatigue, dizziness and brain fog to neurologic, GI, cardiac, and/or cardiovascular distress.  

 

Relational Space, is bringing scientists and artists together to exchange expertise in order to co-create a virtual, immersive installation exploring Long COVID which will take place from April 29 – May 30, 2021. 

The exhibition seeks to raise awareness about the impact of this disabling post-viral epidemic; open doors for a research/medical community already strained by the COVID-19 pandemic; compel the establishment of an international, funded Long COVID research agenda; and, urge widespread physician training related to COVID long-haul syndrome.

 

“We are humbled by the courage of 9 million people who experience lingering symptoms from COVID-19 and are struggling to find answers to their puzzling conditions, often completely on their own” says Dr. Leigh W. Jerome, Founding Director of Relational Space. “Until this pandemic is over, more people will be affected, every day.”

 

The Open Call for submissions, which will close on January 4, 2021, seeks to source both scientific knowledge and artistic expression that will inform and inspire the global community to understand and support the needs of long-haulers. Relational Space is also extending an invitation for partners and volunteers to join them in forging the initiative.

 

About Relational Space:
Cross-pollination quickens creativity and innovation. Relational Space brings scientist and artists together to collaborate around powerful data-driven narratives for knowledge exchange, new knowledge creation and to co-create immersive installations able to inspire and mobilize our global community. Our vision is to build a more just and sustainable world inspired through art and informed by truth.

 

 

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