The co-creation triangle
The triangle is made up of three phases, which are based on a foundation of co-creation that is the baseline of all phases. All the phases are connected in such a way that one can ideally stand with an exciting idea, problem or need, which is processed, analyzed, researched and developed through the phases, so that you finally come up with a new, great and effective solution.
Here we work with trust, community, relationship building, recognition, questioning techniques, active listening and feedback. This phase is about supporting co-creation despite different positions, roles and hierarchies.
Phase 1: Investigate
Here we seek new knowledge that is analyzed and processed. This phase is about seeing, listening, feeling and understanding the world
Phase 2: Developing ideas
Here, ideas are generated, delimited and identified. This phase is about creating a great number of ideas, developing, qualifying and selecting the best ideas within a specific framework
Phase 3: Creating
Here, solutions are designed, built, produced, tested and improved. These phases are about creating effective solutions that work and create change
The phases are structured in processes that open and close the participants' mindset, so that it is possible to move dynamically in both phases and between phases. Each phase starts with an open mindset, where new knowledge is collected or ideas are created, which through the phase are slowly evaluated and processed and ended, by closing down through sorting and selection. This is done, among other things, by visualizing the knowledge, ideas or prototypes and thereby testing and getting feedback so that you always know what you stand for and what the next step in the process is.
There is not necessarily a logical or predetermined sequence of phases. It will depend on the context, the case and the resources and what phase you start with. Sometimes you will open and define a problem before seeking new knowledge. Other times, you need to gain new knowledge before you can open and refine your problem.
Co-creation is an iterative process, which means that you will often find that you naturally move between phases and methods throughout the process.