Co-creation is a powerful way to deal with ‘wicked problems’ and to build relationships between groups and individuals that will last well beyond the scope of a project.
Co-creation is an innovative and participatory process which aims to create shared ownership of a project between institutions and community partners. Any project that is too complex for a simple top-down approach can benefit hugely from co-creation. There may be many interdependencies, or different stakeholders that might not be able or willing to articulate their position, or a context which is subject to sudden change. Co-creation will give you a better understanding of the problems you’re trying to address and of all stakeholders involved. It will ensure that your project has the buy in from everybody involved. In this context, many organisations and professionals are looking for ways to implement a co-creative approach. This training will help you define a co-creation strategy for your own organisation.
Working in co-creation with stakeholders is a strategic choice and requires an open mind set. In the training we will explore the characteristics of a co-creation trajectory and actively use selected (creative) methods, activities and formats that will help build a practice of public engagement. The training will empower participants to work in new ways, and to continually redefine their role in society, remaining relevant and dynamic in the face of changing societal values and challenges. The training is a co-creation process itself so be prepared to be hands-on about your ambition to co-create!
The methodology underlying the training is mainly rooted in design thinking and more specifically based on Waag’s ‘Users as Designers’ methodology, the behavioural change methodology we developed in the EU funded project Decarbonet and the Train the trainer sessions we organised in the EU funded Big Picnic and Cities-4-People projects.