Two of our favourites, both authored by Sue Muller, are ‘name the work honestly’ and ‘name the work together’. Together, the cards encourage us to “be curious about what the people involved say the work is,” being honest about how people can be and are involved, and making sure we only call it co-design when it’s co-design.
Co-design is all about designing with, not for. It’s a shift in our research and projects that lets decision-making powers lie with those affected by them. It’s about marrying up good intentions around inclusivity, safe participation and transparency with good practice, supporting people to participate in the design of services and systems that have historically caused them harm.
Another one of our favourites is ‘acknowledge your place in wider systems’, by Morgan Cataldo. It draws our attention to that bigger-picture thinking that affects us and those we’re designing with. When we’re seeking to change systems, or when we’re working within them, we need to understand them and the barriers that affect the people we may be designing with.
It was wonderful to see KA again and celebrate their work. It was also great to see, hug and speak with other good people in the room. Even more, we appreciated the opportunity to keep listening and learning. We left the launch the same way we arrived – with big smiles on our faces and excitement about the future of practicing with care.
You can read more about how the Pack was made and how to use it on the Beyond Sticky Notes website. If you’d like to see some snaps from the night, check out KA’s LinkedIn.