The Co-Design
Symposium

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WHEN
October 13th
09:30am - 4:00pm
COST
$250-280
KEY THEMES
How might we use design to create common ground between citizens and Government?
How might we better communicate the value of what we do?
What are the practices and principles we might share as a community and why?
How might we begin to integrate design practice with departments at different levels of maturity and willingness?
What are our most useful design tools which we can immediately apply?
As practitioners, how might we begin to better work alongside citizens?
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In a time of decreasing trust and relevance, the public purpose sector is responding through more open and collaborative approaches. Co-design, design thinking and/or human-centered design are practices that enable the public purpose sector to work alongside citizens, not for them.

Are you ready to join a community of practitioners changing the system from within?

Who is this for?

As emerging leaders in the space of design, our future as a community of practitioners will be about considering the nature of the challenges at hand and deploying the best methods, mindsets and materials to work swiftly, collaboratively and impactfully.
This event is for those who work in:
  • Government
  • Not-for-profit
  • Philanthropy and business sectors
  • Community Developers
  • Co-design and design practitioners
  • Service Designers
  • Social service delivery
  • and more...

Event Sponsor

“Co-designing is inherently interdisciplinary — we all need to learn from each other.  Everyone brings to co-designing a unique set of expertise and inevitable gaps in their skillset. At the heart of this symposium is the reciprocity that fuels collaborative designing. For Monash it’s a gift to partner with Peer Academy to provide a knowledge sharing platform where the designer hones their collaborating-with-people skills and expert facilitators learn some new, playful, co-creation strategies.”
Lisa Grocott, Head of Design, Monash University.
Click here to see design work from our friends at MADA

A community of practice

Learn from some of Melbourne's leading design practitioners across all sectors of government, non-for-profits and other organisations. They will bring expertise from a variety of practices and disciplines.
Grow your design skills with leading practitioners
Attend 3 intimate skill-sharing sessions limited to 17 participants
Experience practical hands-on learning in each of your sessions
See all of the sessions on offer

Agenda

09:30am - 10:00am
Arrival & session registrations
10:00am - 10:45am
Welcome to Country & Opening
10:45am - 12:00pm
Skillsharing session - Round 1
Why great storytelling is more than a gimmick
Brigid Canny
Communicating the value of co-design
Jon Osborne
Designing public value

Susan Cullen
Designing for equity

Kate McEntee
How can Bhutan's Gross National Happiness model help?
Jenna Davey-Burns
How can we use facilitation to maximise a group's potential?
Henry Fowkes
Post-It Parties. How might we better use post-its?
Alli Edwards
12:00pm - 12:30pm
Lunch
12:30pm - 12:45pm
Keynote: Gene Bawden - Monash University
Object Metaphors: using material thinking to
co-design an organisational vision
12:45pm - 2:00pm
Skillsharing session - Round 2
Toolkits to translate data into stories
Illya Fridman
Co-Design Facilitation Taster
Christian Duell
Putting design and research to work
Chris Marmo
Whose story is it anyway?

Dr. James Oliver
Using metacognition to create more impactful workshops
Hannah Korsmeyer & Sarah Naarden
Shifting the Power-play in Co-design: Exploring Practical Approaches
Lauren Weinstein
2:00pm - 2:15pm
Afternoon tea
2:15pm - 3:30pm
Skillsharing session - Round 3
Just enough evaluation (to understand your impact)
Emma Blomkamp
How to ensure your design vision is implemented
Jeremy Yuille & Nova Franklin
The power to make policy

Hailey Cooperrider
Young people designing a new world

YLab - Emil Freund & Mehak Sheikh
Co-creating a common set of practices and principles to guide our community
Sam Rye
Creating experiences that foster empathy within co-design
Rowan Page
3:30pm - 4:00pm
Reflections & closing
Find Out More And Book Sessions

Key themes

How might we use design to create common ground between citizens and Government?
How might we better communicate the value of what we do?
What are the practices and principles we might share as a community and why?
What are our most useful design tools which we can immediately apply?
How do we learn and incorporate the skill of design?
As practitioners, how might we begin to better work alongside citizens?

What people value

"I want to come together as a member of a growing community of practitioners."
"I hear a lot about co-design and want to learn more."
"I use design practices and want to learn how to lend these skills to the community sector."
“I want to learn how to apply co-design to give better community representation in decision-making."
“I want to encourage my organisation to adopt co-design."