The SISCODE Co-Design Canvas

Created Oct. 31, 2021, 2:56 p.m.
Updated Feb. 14, 2022, 8:38 a.m.

Connect people and ideas, harness the power of collective knowledge and act together! 

Congratulations! You have decided to join forces to tackle a social challenge; that is great! This Co-Design Canvas can help you. It is a tool that supports the facilitation of an open, transparent dialogue about everyone’s experiences and interests, the alignment of expectations and goals, the creation of insights and understanding, and the exchange of knowledge, power relations and shared responsibilities in planning, conducting and assessing a co-design process.

The value of co-design

Tackling societal challenges (in social innovation and transformation processes) is not easy. Challenges such as climate change and the ageing population are examples of complex social issues (also known as wicked problems) with many uncertainties and variables:

1. there is no one right solution;

2. it is a dynamic and iterative process;

3. the problems involve a variety of stakeholders, each with their own perspectives and interests;

4. all stakeholders involved are necessary to facilitate change; and

5. it requires both individual and collective behavioural change.

In a co-design process, various stakeholders collaborate to tackle these complex societal challenges through participatory and creative methods. The aim is to create a shared understanding and develop innovative thought processes for positive change and societal impact.

Problems in collaborative processes often arise from tensions between the people and organisations involved, e.g., due to power imbalance or (social) contingencies that evolve, were not foreseen nor discussed beforehand. The canvas can clarify these issues and relationships, and offer those involved stakeholders a common language and method to reflect on and in the process.

Co-design processes require dialogue, transparency and empathy. The Co-Design Canvas can help facilitate these processes and create insight into why processes succeed or fail.


Publish information

Year of publication: 2020
License: CC-BY
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