Facilitating Co-Creation – Design Patterns for Dialogue
How do we design for dialogues?
July’s DwD session invites facilitators, designers, and the DwD community to join us in exploring tools for design for dialogue events for clients, organizations, and communities. We will explore the patterns and key elements of effective group processes found in our own experience, with guidance from emerging process design tools. With your participation as co-designers, we ask:
-What patterns and modes of engagement enable committed participation and reflective inquiry?
-How might deepening our awareness of the essential elements found in our best methods foster successful group outcomes?
-How might these patterns differ between arenas, whether creative organizational workshops or in civic dialogues?
Based on a workshop taught in the OCADU Strategic Foresight and Innovation program, Peter Jones invites you to learn and share workshop design patterns that enhance facilitated group dialogues. Working with the Group Pattern Language Project as a source of structure and tools, we’ll deep dive into:
-What patterns for dialogue structuring might best enable our own, everyday group work situations?
-How do we select and adapt best-fitting practices and methods to create mindful, evocative learning communities for creative inquiry?
-How can we learn from these patterns to co-create new methods or group structuring approaches?
The workshop will have practical outcomes of interest to design and facilitation practice, with the ultimate goal of deepening competency through collaborating with peers to improve our resources and toolkits. We draw from some dialogue theory, group patterns, and your experiences to co-create an evolved understanding of process and design facilitation. Your own context of practice – whether a creative design group, a community setting, or organizational workshop – will guide the design inquiry. Participants will co-create new workshop concepts with these patterns and ideas, exercising the pattern language for meaningful social design problems. In the end we hope to build a shared model of engagement types and essential patterns that might deepen our practices and possibly lead to designing new hybrid methods.
Peter Jones and Chris Lee guide this session on group design patterns. Peter is co-founder of Design with Dialogue and associate professor at OCAD University, in the Strategic Foresight and Innovation MDes program. Peter runs the innovation research firm Redesign and has been engaging groups of all sizes and shapes since the mid-1990’s. He is author of the early handbook of facilitation process, Team Design (1998), We Tried to Warn You (2008), and the recent Rosenfeld title Design for Care: Innovating Healthcare Experience. His work can be found at designdialogues.com.
Chris Lee is a Toronto based facilitator and process designer. He runs Potluck Projects, actively using concepts and participatory methodologies from the Art of Hosting, Asset Based Community Development, and Person-Centred Planning to support groups in achieving collective outcomes that are greater than the sum of its parts. He also works with the YSI Collaborative, a network and community of practice that accelerates and amplifies the conditions for youth-led organizing and engagement in Ontario.
Design with Dialogue (DwD) is an open community of practice learning together to lead organizational & community change through participatory design, strategic dialogue and emerging facilitation methods.
We gather monthly to convene workshops as a practice in social design to engage the organizations, projects, and civic communities to which we're committed.
Join us from 6-9pm on the second Wednesday of every month at OCAD's Lambert Lounge.
DwD is coordinated by:
OCADU professor and Principal at Redesign
Chief Design Officer at The Moment
Process Facilitator at ICA Associates
Principal at Potluck Projects