The purpose of CO-ROLE is that the participants develop, discuss, and try out different roles to be able to see and try out new perspectives on the matter. It is a way to work with empathy, and to create more collaborative spirit and process on a systematic and safe level during the process.

When and where to use

CO-ROLE functions as the participants’ role marker. CO-ROLE must be negotiable throughout the entire process to avoid that the participants are locked in a certain role. It is important that all participants can see themselves in a specific role and that they try out the different roles. It is also important to acknowledge the others in the different roles and to gain awareness of the need for diversity in a group.


A group of young people meet to develop a music festival. Before the process begins, the group starts out by discussing the different roles and their strengths in CO-ROLE. Afterwards, the group tries out the different roles in the following dialogues and methods.

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  1. The participants discuss the template’s roles. It is important that the participants explain their own understanding of what qualities and characteristics the different roles include as well as when and where the different roles come into play. These should be noted in the template for the participants to expand and develop the different roles during the process. They may also develop further as the participants play with the different roles

  2. The participants use the template as a tool to discuss who, where, when, and how long the different roles are put into play in the process e.g., as a dialogue tool for idea qualification. It is important that the participants get to try out different roles during the process and therefore, CO-ROLE is a dynamic tool where the participants must be able to switch roles during the process


Next step

CO-ROLE is assessed, evaluated, and revised multiple times during the process

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