Thinking about co-design embedded within a network presents additional challenges. Ideally, a design team creates many spaces to engage in co-design – both online and in-person – that allow for maximum input and creativity as well as respond to shifting levels of availability/capacity to participate. What follows is a brainstorm I did with my sister, Licia, of the list of formations (groups within a network) that enable this. Furthermore, these formations can be organized from a central group – like a design team – or self-organized as they emerge from network members.
Small group that lasts for the length of the project to advise and provide context for the design work; similar to design team but broader
One person does a one-on-one, then takes on work to do other one-on-ones, or takes information to broader group; “train-the-trainer” might fit here
Large group comes together with potential breakout groups, usually in-person
An ad hoc group that meets throughout the duration of the project (or sub-scope within it) to provide planning insight
Selected group of projects that are funded for specific outcomes
A conversation between two people
|Ongoing focus group||
A representatively diverse group of people assembled to participate in a guided discussion about a particular product before it is launched, or to provide ongoing feedback on a political campaign, television series, etc.
Spreads the word about design process and reflections to rest of network
|Pop-up focus group||
A representative group of people that meets once to provide structured feedback on a specific topic
|Seek external expert||
Someone reaches out of core network for advice or thought leadership
|Small group experiment||
An ad hoc group that meets to engage with and provide feedback on a project, product, or part of it
A one-on-one with very specific outcomes
An online lecture with potential Q+A
Small group of people who meet regularly with specific outcomes in mind; could be called a committee.