A skillsharing symposium for the public purpose sector on
all things co-design, design thinking, human-centered design

4th May 2017 
10am - 4pm
Conference Centre, State Library of Victoria
179 La Trobe Street, Melbourne

Our inspiration

How might we raise the profile of co-design in the public purpose sector?
"We believe it's up to our community of practitioners to strengthen the value and promise of co-design in a time of increasing appetite for greater community representation on the decisions that impact them. In partnering with Melbourne Knowledge Week, this is a wonderful, one-off, opportunity to bring together such a community."
Kylie Long
CEO, Peer Academy


This event will help you answer these questions
“I hear ’co-design’ everywhere. I want to know what is it and how it can benefit my work?”
“I need to do co-design in my job, but I don’t know where to start?”
"How do I become a co-design practitioner?"
"How can the idea of co-design help community organisation?"
“How do I apply co-design to give better community representation in decision-making?”
“How do I encourage my organisation to adopt co-design?”

Limited spots available.
The Symposium will be an intimate and interactive experience by design.
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


How might we shift from designing ‘for’ to designing ‘with’ end users?
What are our most useful co-design tools which we can immediately apply?
How might I use the co-design method as an end-to-end creative problem solving process?
How might we facilitate shared responsibility of the process with end users through to executives?
Use cases
How are we integrating co-design to policy, programs, services, organisational design, etc?


09:30 - 10:30am
Special registrations & opening
10:30 - 10:45pm
Keynote -
Christian Duell from Whitelight Education
“Demystifying the buzz around co-design”
10:45 - 12:00pm
Skillsharing Session 1
12:00 - 12:30 pm
12:30 - 1:45pm
Skillsharing Session 2
1:45 - 2:00 pm
Keynote 2
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Skillsharing Session 3
3:30 - 4:00 pm
Reflections & Closing

Skillsharing sessions

Hailey Cooperrider| Collabforge
Co-design for policy
Theme: Use cases
Johan Codinha| Code for Australia
Mel Hardie | DELWP
Lightning fast functional prototyping (without a budget)
Theme: Tools
Jessie Lees| Cohealth
Stretching consumer participation
Theme: Culture

Symposium partners

Powered by some of Melbourne's best Co-Design practitioners

This event is part of Melbourne Knowledge Week, 1 – 7 May 2017, proudly presented by the City of Melbourne.

“The ‘design’ part of ‘co-design’ is more than a loosely defined term. It involves a rigorous process of experimentation using a proven set of tools and methods.”
Onur Ekinci
Peer Academy
"At the heart of it, co-design is about shifting from traditional models of decision making, to a process that enables genuine collaboration and empowerment of the people the design process was established to serve"
Jenna Davey-Burns
Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria