The challenges we face today enjoy unprecedented complexity, shaping a new perspective from which we approach them. Traditional professions are finding it difficult to address prompts requiring experts beyond their normal working relationships. We are adjusting to a newly self-realized contradictory world.

Here, a mulitdisciplinary wisdom assumes a powerful role in problem-solving and design. The most powerful skill for a participant in this process is the ability to communicate, translating couched jargon into clear principles, between members and with clients.

Design is not some haughty, out-of-reach practice of unaffordable services and esoteric concepts–it is a way of thinking that, though it improves with training, is universally accessible. Designers hereby serve as advisers to a project, guiding a co-generative process deeply involving clients and end users.

Liminality is generally defined as a threshold, a state of transition, or the space between two spaces. This relative ambiguity is marked by openness, flexibility, and interactivity. Victor Turner describes liminality as “a realm of pure possibility whence novel configurations of ideas and relations may arise.” We see design as a liminal phase imparted to a project between its ‘before’ and ‘after’ states, where purpose and function are evaluated, a sensitive response is drafted, and transformation begins.

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