This document is a guide to planning and leading co-design workshops in your community. It is a work in progress and needs your input and feedback to make it more helpful and effective! We look forward to working with you to improve this guide, or to having you take it away and make it your own in whatever way you find most useful. You may wish to follow all or part of the suggestions below, or to make modifications depending on what is most appropriate for your context and goals.

Your role in leading a co-design workshop

Your understanding of your community and familiarity with the context and culture in which your community lives and works is the expertise most needed to lead a successful co-design workshop. You don’t need to have the answers or the solutions; this will come from the participants during the co-design process.

As part of the community, you know best how to frame and communicate ideas to community members, and you are the best person to accurately interpret ideas expressed by community members. As a community leader, you are an expert in how best to motivate and engage with community members. This expertise, combined with some careful planning, will provide you with everything you need to ensure a successful co-design process.

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