Models of collective working: insights on the Scottish context

Catherine Docherty, Sue Fairburn, David McGillivray

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This paper presents a project – Collective Futures – a researcher-practitioner collaboration exploring the nature and models of creative collectives in Scotland through a design thinking approach. Collectives are proposed as a new way of working and an unintended stimulus for social change: reducing isolation, and empowering creative practitioners to remain within their preferred communities with access to personal and professional networks. Design thinking is connected to action research and is recognised as an enabler to embrace differing perspectives while exploring flexible structures that give a shared purpose for effective collaborative working within the creative and cultural sector.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-293
Number of pages17
JournalThe Design Journal
Issue numberSupplement 1
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2019


  • Creative collectives
  • Design thinking
  • Entrepreneurship


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