Co-design practitioners are surrounded by people who desire to meaningfully co-create. It can be challenging to deliver when colleagues are overextended and community members are asked to take time away from work, family, and daily life to participate. Further, issues of intersectionality emerge when co-design facilitators and participants represent minorities in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, ability, religion, immigration status, or class.
How do we honor these realities when holding space for and facilitating co-creation? Given that we confront these constraints as individuals in our respective organizations and domains, how might we support each other to advance our practice? How do we ensure that our efforts to co-create add value to, and do not extract from, the communities with which we partner?
This session will address these questions and explore creative and sustainable strategies to cultivate generative and mutually beneficial partnerships via co-design. A collaborative of interdisciplinary practitioners working in community on architecture, design equity, health, legal aid, and economic development will guide this highly interactive session.