The Co-Design
Symposium

This skill sharing symposium will help you learn new ways to place people at the centre of policy and services. Are you ready to learn new methods from the best in the industry?

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WHEN
October 13th
09:30am - 4:00pm
COST
$280
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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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Our context

How might we use design to create common ground between citizens and Government?
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.

Who is this for?

Those who work in government, not-for-profit, philanthropy and business sectors. Co-design and design practitioners, community developers, policy analysts, service designers, social service delivery, and more.
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 to work swiftly, collaboratively and impactfully.

Whether you are an existing co-design or design practitioner, work in the realm of policy or community services delivery, or are just getting started on your design thinking journey.  There will be a mix of experiences in 'introductory' versus 'deep diving' workshops to meet everyone where they are at.
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Our partners

Whilst many of us are skilled in collaboration, we can sometimes fall short on the design aspect of 'co-design'. We partnered with Monash University for their design expertise. This Symposium presents an opportunity to learn from the best about design thinking with Monash staff.
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.
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A community of practice

The Symposium facilitators will provide intimate skill-sharing experiences that will equip you with the mindsets, methods, and materials you require.
Grow your design skills in three hands-on skill-sharing sessions
Limited to fifteen participants per session
Each session will jump into activities to practice new skills

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?

Agenda

09:30am - 10:00am
Arrival & session registrations
10:00am - 10:45am
Welcome to Country & Opening
10:45am - 12:00pm
Skillsharing session - Round 1
12:00pm - 12:30pm
Lunch
12:30pm - 12:45pm
Keynote
12:45pm - 2:00pm
Skillsharing session - Round 2
2:00pm - 2:15pm
Afternoon tea
2:15pm - 3:30pm
Skillsharing session - Round 3
3:30pm - 4:00pm
Reflections & closing

Sessions

How do we work with complex systems
Kylie Long & Toby Parmenter, Peer Academy
Shifting the Power-play in Co-Design
Lauren Weinstein, TACSI
Designing public value
Susan Cullen, Family Safety Victoria
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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."