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"Let’s begin: with me, with you, with us", Helene Cioux once suggested as she posed the question of whether science or art could make us happy, or if art or science could make us free. She then went on to question whether we have really been able to free anyone or anything at all through art, science or technology.  

Within this platform, the RESEARCH ARTS Community can come together and in an exchange between "me, you and us" we can shape our goals and tasks time and time again. The RESEARCH ARTS community starts with "us" now…  and it grows as the varied encounters and experiences of artists, scientists, engineers and all interested citizens grow with it.

"Community is something we do together. It is not simply a placeholder." (David Brain)[1]. How we can create a community and work together will be addressed in the following three main sections [under construction]:

1. Brain, David, "Placemaking and Community Building," Presentation at the University of Miami School of Architecture (Coral Gables, Fl: March 2004).

Community Building

What kind of practices and resources do we need in order to develop a RESEARCH ARTS community? What gives us a sense of belonging? What values are important to us? How do we want to work? What expectations do we have? How can we develop a committed process for improving the resources of this community?

Community Building on this platform means experimenting with artistic and scientific practices that help forming a strong community.

Science Literacy

How can I learn to better understand the impact of scientific research on myself and my environment? Science Literacy promotes community participation in science with a focus on: 

a) knowledge (language skills, professional expertise),
b) action (learning skills, communication skills, social skills, procedural skills) and
c) evaluation (ethical and moral competence, aesthetic skills).

Capacity Building

What do we need to be able to learn more effectively from each other? How can we learn together? Capacity Building is used within the framework of the RESEARCH ARTS platform for civil participation and empowerment in science and science policy. The main aim is directed towards training in joint artistic and scientific methods.
These methods include transdisciplinary dialogues, social skills, political education, plus global and local cooperation.

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