DAY 6 - Real World Insights

Students practice running ideation  workshops with their peer groups and be introduced to the process of pulling and organizing insights from workshops.

Objectives

Obj1: Students gain an understanding on the real-life implementation of  co-design frameworks and its challenges

Obj 2: Students will discuss codesign challenges and practices in regards to institutions, power, influence, and inclusion

Obj 3: Students will gain insight on communication, organization and other  project management skills to facilitate collaborative work with diverse set of stakeholder

Opening Activity

Guiding Question: How do we run a successful Ideation workshop?

Ideation Workshop Part 1 & Part 2:  (45 MIN)

  1. Groups 1/2/3 will run their 15-20 minute Ideation workshop with Group 4/5/6 as participants.
    • After the workshop, groups 1/2/3 will have 5 minutes to wrap up activity internally.
  2. Groups 4/5/6/ will run their Ideation workshop with Groups 1/23 as participants.
    • After the workshop, groups 4/5/6 will have 5 minutes to wrap up activity internally.

Purpose: Students will practice running Ideation workshops with stakeholders of interest utilizing codesign frameworks.


Key Questions & Topics


Ideal vs. Reality when co-designing

Intentional and Honest Relationship Building
Communication and collaboration with variety of stakeholders (including challenges)

Ownership/Agency
Balancing personal identity and identity as part of institution

Technology and social protocols
How to email busy people and importance of networks

How to come to terms with failure and mistakes

Core Activity

Guiding Question: How do we receive information from an Ideation workshop and make sense of it?

Class Reflection: (15 MIN)

  1. Students will share experiences running workshops and participating in the workshop.
    • What worked, what didn’t? (logistically and design-wise)
    • What was surprising?
    • What would you do differently or again?

Process Insights from Workshop: (15 MIN)

  1. After the class’ reflection of the Workshop activity, the Instructor will use one of the Groups workshop as an example to demonstrate the importance and the process of pulling insights from workshops that can inform next codesign steps.
  2. The instructor will use the space available in the Idea Prioritization Activity in the Institute’s Miro Day 6 section to illustrate the procedure.
    • For clarity, the activity asks students to organize brainstorm ideas into groups to see if they pick up on patterns between ideas.
    • Next, students are asked to utilize a matrix to analyze an idea’s feasibility and importance.

Purpose: Students are introduced to information integration skills including idea organization and prioritization following codesign workshops.


Closing Activity (Reflection & Evaluation)

Guiding Question: When is it okay to start/stop ideating and make decisions?

Prioritization and Organization of Workshop Information: (25MIN)

  1. Following the instructor's example, students will go into breakout groups, and complete the Idea Prioritization Activity on their own.
    • Students are encouraged to think beyond the Instructor’s singular matrix. There will be additional matrices in each group’s spaces, optional if students think their data can be looked at using other factors (beyond feasibility, long-term project vs. short-term).
    • Students will also be encouraged to utilize user personas, Community Profiles etc. that they created to supplement their weighing of feasibility and importance of ideas.
  2. Using the matrices, students will choose 3 ideas arisen from the brainstorm that they will expand on in the following class. Students should be prepared to explain their decision process during the intro activity the following day.


Purpose: Students are hone information integration skills including idea organization and prioritization following codesign workshops.


Post Session Work

  • Group Work: Each group will continue Closing Activity asynchronously. Students’ deliverables will choose 3 ideas arisen from the brainstorm that they will expand on in the following class. Students should be prepared to explain their decision process during the intro activity the following day.
  • Individual Work: Students will check out The Civic Media Collaborative Design Studio website- based out of MIT/Aditi Mehra’s research. Website includes several examples of co-design projects in the Boston area + Emerson Media Design MA Thesis Project to gain an idea on the diversity in potential of contemporary codesign projects within and beyond Boston.
  • Reading Reflection: Students will choose one of the co-design examples within the website and reflect on the project's key attributes that facilitated their co-design processes and how that might inform their own group project.