Symposium Sessions

All our sessions are available for everyone to attend, however some will be better suited to those with or without prior knowledge and experience in co-design. You can use the filters below to find the most relevant sessions to you.
Why great storytelling is more than a gimmick
Brigid Canny
YLab
Stconfidence and clarity.
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Stories help us make sense of our humanity, our challenges, our values and our shared beliefs. Stories make the complex simple. As Jean Luc Godard says "Sometimes reality is too complex. Stories give it form." In this workshop we’ll work together to rapidly develop skills in narrative structure and methodology, so that you might communicate your value proposition with confidence and clarity.
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Putting design and research to work
Chris Marmo
PaperGiant
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Understanding clients and customers is important, but what do you do next to make change happen? What do you do with journey maps once they’re delivered? How do you continue making decisions in a human-centred way once you start implementing a product or service, and how do you know if your plan is working? Chris will walk through tools and frameworks the public service can use to translate the design and research they’ve already got into actionable plans with measurable outcomes."
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Co-Design Facilitation Taster
Christian Duell
Whitelight Education
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While we may understand the basic principles, processes, and tools of co-design, we may feel less confident as facilitators in creating spaces for groups to thrive. This session will explore key principles that facilitators can employ, including: Equality, The Growth Zone and Vulnerability. This workshop is action-based, allowing participants to practice these facilitation principles in a safe environment with the support of a peer group.
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Just enough evaluation (to understand your impact)
Emma Blomkamp
The Policy Lab - The University of Melbourne
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How might we understand the value and impact of co-design practice and projects (with limited time and resources)? This session will take you through four steps to design a framework that you can use to evaluate the impact of your work.
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The power to make policy
Hailey Cooperrider
Collabforge
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When does policy design become truly "co"? For structural issues like housing, energy and water, policy direction is often set long before methods like co-design are considered. In this session, we'll map out how we might influence our leaders to use co-design meaningfully, when it counts.
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How can we use facilitation to maximise a group's potential?
Henry Fowkes
Groupwork Institute of Australia
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Effective co-design is as much about how the process is facilitated as it is about the process itself. We’ll explore a range of core facilitation skills and tools that will support you to effectively harness the power of a group, inviting participation and diversity.
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How can Bhutan's Gross National Happiness model help?
Jenna Davey-Burns
Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria
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Gross National Happiness is a measurement, a policy framework and – perhaps most importantly – an inspiring vision for change. It is about promoting a new direction for development that is led by values, rather than growth at all costs. Bhutan’s policies stand as an inspiring example of what is possible when shifting focus beyond GDP growth towards a more holistic sense of wellbeing." Come along to this session to explore the fundamentals of GNH and a discussion about how you might apply it.
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How to ensure your design vision is implemented
Jeremy Yuille & Nova Franklin
Meld Studios
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This workshop explores a range of actions we can take to ensure a design vision is implemented. We'll consider a wide range of approaches you could take to ensure your Design vision is implemented (beyond just producing great work). You'll also leave the session with a documented list of ideas you're ready to try now.
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Communicating the value of co-design
Jon Osborne
Huddle
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We all know co-design makes sense, but how do we communicate to someone who just doesn't get it?   Starting with our mindset to provide new ways of thinking about value, we'll apply Huddle's value framework. You'll leave with a series of tools to spread the word to anyone you meet.
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Shifting the Power-play in 
Co-design: Exploring Practical Approaches
Lauren Weinstein
TACSI
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There’s a lot of talk about the role of power in co-design, but what does that mean in practice? And, what can we do about it? In this session, we’ll explore methods and mindsets that shift the power-play, transfer ownership and enable people to be the experts of their lives. You’ll leave with techniques to use in your work including setting up peer-co-design teams and facilitating community-led social innovation.
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Co-creating a common set of practices and principles to guide our community
Sam Rye
Imagin Inc.
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This session will guide the group through a process to unlock latent ideas and insights, to build a shared set of principles. We’ll explore how ‘making’ can engage different parts of our brain, and reflect on how this is of value to our practice. You can expect to walk away with some reflections on your own priorities and intentions, as well as a simple process to use when working with groups in the early stages of projects.
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Designing public value
Susan Cullen
Family Safety Victoria
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Designers and leaders can face challenges making the case for design thinking in government. We can encounter myths, misconceptions and resistance to change.This session is about lessons learnt from experience and the techniques to tackle common and not-so-common challenges.
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Young people desiging a new world
YLab Associates
YLab
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There are more young people on the planet than ever before, and they face a very different world to generations past. This session demonstrates why they need to be involved in decision-making; not just on “youth issues”, but on all the economic, social and environmental challenges. Learn how YLab supports young people to bring fresh perspectives, lived experience, networks, and familiarity with technology, to co-design new systems and practices.
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