Collaboration, Complexity and Innovation: The Stories We Tell Matter

44 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2019 Last revised: 10 Feb 2020

Date Written: September 7, 2019


The world is increasingly characterized by a paradigm of interconnectivity within a complex system. The problems our global community face are complex, interconnected, dynamic and non-linear. Solutions will require boundary-spanning trilateral collaborations able to give rise to new narratives, support evidence-based decision-making and work from a systems perspective. This article integrates cross-disciplinary literature that empirically support the creation of novel platforms for collaboration between science and art. Boundary spanning between these disciplines has been habitually overlooked as a means of forging meaningful trilateral partnerships; however, research strongly points to sciart collaborations for inspiring creative knowledge exchange and expression in novel ways that are engaging for the public. Novel platforms that promote art and science collaboration within multisensory environments offer new hope for the cross-pollination of ideas and the dissemination of powerful data driven narratives able to inspire transformative learning and social change.

Keywords: Collaboration, Complexity, Art-Science, Narrative, Empathy, Immersive, Social Action, Innovation, Evidence-Based, Knowledge, Paradigm Shift

JEL Classification: Z19, 139, 030, 131, Z11

Suggested Citation

Jerome, Leigh W., Collaboration, Complexity and Innovation: The Stories We Tell Matter (September 7, 2019). Available at SSRN: or

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