December is a great time for focusing back and thinking forward, and the VARI Collective — composed of all the Project Leads for the V&A Research Institute — has been meeting to identify the elements of the Institute that are emerging as shared aims and methods. These whiteboards are a rough record of sorts of our lively discussion, our current research, and of course, our ideals.
We started with a quick stack of single words that we felt represented well the work we have been doing and the practices we aim to hone and model. Then we voted on which four of those words we should explore more deeply — both in terms of what we are building on and what challenges we are encountering. We’ll also be running a baseline workshop on the actual methods that we are sharing and pooling, and identifying those skills for which we could be co-training each other.