DAY 5 - Ideation Workshop Design P.1

Students will gain practice preparing for an ideation workshop highlighting the importance of trust building, value alignment, and culturally aware processes.


Obj 1: Understand the value of co-creation.

Obj 3: Establish goals and align values for design workshop development. Hone communication and organizational approaches.

Opening Activity

Guiding Question: How do we go from learning about our stakeholders to collaborating with them?

‘We are Here’ Class Discussion
and Class Check-In: (25 MIN)

  1. Students will share reflections on their Interview and User Persona Activity + Reflection Response that asked them to consider what they would do differently
  2. Students will use reading ‘We are Here’ to guide conversation on how to engage stakeholders in a mutually beneficial partnership throughout all codesign process ie. workshops, ideation, prototypes, implementation, etc.)

Purpose: Students will practice design fundamentals while acknowledging the variances in power dynamics, cultural differences, etc. that exist beyond guided design simulations. Students will discuss and continue practicing codesign methodology.

Key Questions & Topics

Co-Creation Approaches + Trust Building + Deep Listening
Importance of Tacit Knowledge/Value of Co-Creation

Stakeholders + Co-Designers
Who will be a part of this workshop and rest of the co-design process?

Creating a Project Plan
MOUs + Opening Conversations

Design Challenges
What is the problem area/what is the goal of the workshop? What context is needed when stakeholders have different levels of experience in design/prototyping?

Brainstorming + Ideation
Convergent /divergent thinking

Virtual vs In-Person
Ways to set up workshops; kinesthetic vs digital platforms for collaboration

Core Activity

Guiding Questions: What is the goal of a workshop?  How do we create environments that are creative, fun, and don't alienate people

Designing CoDesign Ideation Workshops: (40 MIN)

  1. Students will create proposals and prepare to run an introduction and brainstorming workshop with their stakeholders which will ask them to consider their stakeholders’ physical/cultural environment, needs and interests.
    • Big Constraints: Workshop has to be engaging/active + 15-20 minutes maximum.
  2. To facilitate their workshop proposal draft, students will be given a Mural workshop design template to complete.
    • Students will also be provided a guiding document (here) that will include additional tips students can utilize to conduct a brainstorm ideation workshop.
  3. Once the draft is complete, each group has to collect materials and create any workshop activities that are required for the upcoming workshop.

Purpose: Students will gain practice in developing workshops while also addressing the challenges that may arise, such as co-designer availability, communication, Covid-19 etc.

Closing Activity (Reflection & Evaluation)

Guiding Question: What else do we need to do to run a successful workshop?

Workshopping the Workshop Proposals: (25 MIN)

  1. Students will share their workshop dealt experience and work with instructors and fellow groups may help solve challenges in workshop proposals.
    • Instructor will encourage students to think about forming MOUs with stakeholders. Despite there being limited time in workshop, stress highlighting connections beyond workshops and alignment of values throughout co-design experience.
  2. Instructor will ask students what they hope to gain from this activity and to create a list of targeted questions surrounding their response to this question to better hone their workshop activity.
    • List of workshop questions will be part of post-session work assignment.

Purpose: Students will hone codesign workshop skills by delineating a structure that centers their stakeholders’ interests and streamlines the collection of insights.

Post Session Work

  • Group Work: Each group will finish their workshop proposal and prepare all materials for their brainstorm workshop. Additionally, each group will submit their list of guiding workshop questions.
  • Individual Work: Reflection- Understanding that the constraints of this class means your stakeholders are your classmates, what additional constraints would you have to navigate when working with communities outside of your own networks/experiences.