Co-design can be a useful tool for a lot of projects. In this case, we are designing a format for community collaboration. The format can be replicated across neighborhoods with vastly different member dynamics, problems and socio-cultural contexts.
To better understand all the elements at stake, we designed a co-design session with our client (TransformCity), an NDSM community leader and an active citizen. All participants had their base in Amsterdam, and were at the least familiar with the current online community participation tools.
The co-design session was insightful, and generated insights on the complexity of extablishing a flat structure in the design of our format. It also revealed participant’s distrust in the municipality, which can sometimes play a role in slowing initiatives.