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Update— lead up to the SA local gov elections

I have no new CoCreation Reports to share because I have too many things to write about and don’t know how to choose. But with a lot going on it is worth a quick update. : )

The biggest news is CoCreate Adelaide City, a local government election forum focused on the Adelaide CBD. A residents-focused group and traders’ association (WEVA and AWEA) have jumped on board and we just locked in Saturday 18th October as the date. Announcement here.

As if that wasn’t exciting enough, CoCreate is multiplying and Becky Hirst is now planning her own local forum in McLaren Vale.

After focusing on the business for six months it feels good to be just going out and doing things because they should happen.

By the next time I write I should have a few interesting case studies from current work as well.

Read on for some choice cocreation-information…

‘The Poor and the Powerful’, Joanna Hubbard – a hard hitting look at ‘help’, charity and working with not for

‘The Social Labs Revolution’ book review by Michelle Holliday – I think ‘a new approach to solving our most complex challenges’ says it all… waiting on this book from the library right now

My last CoCreation Report (the one on the participation matrix) generated more interest than I expected and led to a few follow-ons. You might be interested in this video of my presentation (Myths of Co) at DPC’s Better Together Showcase, or my article on participation on the Collaboration For Impact blog.

Collaboration gets work done, but even more importantly, cooperation connects people by building trust@Jarche (it is also a hell of a lot easier!)

What does it look like for an organisation to be cocreative? This generative organisation post is spot on.

Cities by Citizens, a blog and global experiment co-authored by Lucinda Hartley (CoDesign Studio)

“Meet people where they’re at” was my motto for June. Sometimes this can be condescending… suggesting we need to stoop down to meet people at ‘their level’. But if we can push past that it’s an important principle. See Joanna’s article linked below, and also reflect on practices of collaboration and change (like consulting!) — to effect change we need to work with people and with the present system, and we need to meet them where they’re at, wherever that is.

​Nobody has a compelling narrative for scaling up collaborative practice and transform systems at larger-than-project scale​ – major lesson from a trip to Melbourne.​

​I also find myself moving away from ‘cocreation’ as an identifier.​ It is too easy to hang our hats off a superficial and simplistic idea of cocreation, and I am in no position to fight a trend towards watered down versions of the concept. Moreover, a lot of the genuine ‘collaboration’ crowd use that word to describe exactly what I would call cocreation (e.g. Twyfords, Collabforge). Which really makes me think, all the ‘co’ words are being slowly drained of meaning… today they might be useful, but don’t hang on too tight for tomorrow they prove a double-edged sword.

Happenings (SA)____
July was a big month for collaboration and collective impact! I am especially excited about the ripples that Together SA is now making around Collective Impact.

The next few months is all about citizenship and cocreation.

Coming up in SA:

  • Active Citizenship conference, Local Gov Managers Australia, Fri 12 Sept
  • Mainstreets Masterclass (Property Council), focused on practices of cocreation, Fri 19 Sept
  • Changemakers’ Festival 17-26th October (CoCreate Adelaide City will be part of the program)
  • also watch out for the AFL Grand Final, City to Bay and local government elections

Cocreation Report 2 — April 2014

Cocreation Report 2 — April 2014 (pdf)

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Hello cocreator

It’s been a big couple of months since starting these Cocreation Reports in the aftermath of the Ci2i Lab!

An exciting network of exploratory activity is surfacing. Ci2i is crowdsourcing a book on cocreation, and I am contributing to the engagement process and synthesis of concepts. My own understanding of cocreation is rapidly crystallising. I’m planning future reports now to share the picture that is coming into focus.

This month though, let’s set our sights on the murky relationship between cocreation and community engagement. These thoughts and insights were inspired by the recent Place Leaders Asia Pacific conference, early March in Adelaide.

Thank you to Greg Mackie and Peter Smith from Place Leaders for their role convening the conference. Thanks also to those who have fleshed this issue out in conversation – Noriko Wynn, Arkellah Hall, Amelia Loye and Amy Hubbard in particular. And a final nod to the place shapers whose ideas have contributed and in particular Lucinda Hartley whose own clarity inspired this edition.

John Baxter
Founder and Director, Realise


  • What is this cocreation thing anyway? | Fuzzy logic of engagement
  • Cocreation Foundations | Thinking clearly about engagement
  • Cocreative case studies from afar – and not so far | CoDesign Studio, Melbourne

Download: Cocreation Report 2 — April 2014 (pdf)


Links from the first Cocreation Report

  1. Ci2i Global Lab, Chiang Mai
  2. IAP2s foundations of public participation
  3. Becky Hirst, what if the community became the decision makers?
  4. Codesign Studio, floating gardens project, Cambodia

Place shapers

Other engagers and cocreators

Happenings and references

Other references of interest

Articles of interest

Download: Cocreation Report 2 — April 2014 (pdf)

Cocreation Report #1

The first Cocreation Report, emerging out of Ci2i Global in February 2014

CoCreation Report #1 – March 2014 (pdf)

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  • Introduction
  • What is this cocreation thing anyway? | Beyond collaboration
  • Cases from afar – or perhaps not so far | forums with Doing Something Good and City of Melbourne
  • Concepts | the inner cocreativity of Open Space


Links from the first Cocreation Report

  1. Ci2i Global Lab
  2. Nathalie Dupuis-Hepner
  3. Notes #1 from Ci2i Lab, collaboration vs cocreation
  4. Notes #2 from Ci2i Lab, values of cocreation
  5. Doing Something Good, What is an Unconference?
  6. CoCreate Adelaide, Why we use Open Space
  7. Open Space World wiki, What is Open Space?
  8. Doing Something Good
  9. EcoCity Food Forum
  10. CoMConnect


Ci2i Lab follow-up blog posts


Recent articles of interest