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One of the best definitions I've found comes from The Power to Persuade website, "Co-design takes a ‘ground-up’ approach to finding solutions to social problems. It respects individuals as partners in an initiative for change and looks to create a system which is truly responsive to the people it intends to serve."

When I started conceptualising Mindsettle, collaboration was key. I met with people who worked in health, education, government and business. I met with other creatives, start-ups and mental health organisations.I met with people who have the lived experience of anxiety, depression and nature deprivation. These people have enabled Mindsettle users to experience positive change by:

  • increasing choice and control of content

  • improving health care environments

  • creating calmer treatment/hospital experiences

  • offering a non-invasive + non-medical way to rest peacefully

  • providing appropriate, restorative content

  • contributing to less stressful working environments

  • eliminating language barriers through the use of images

As I learn more about co-design I see more possibilities for using the principles to generate better arts and health initiatives. It's so logical to co-design, rather than guess at what might be needed. If you're keen to learn more about co-design, take a look at Kelly Ann McMercher's website Beyond Sticky Notes.

I'm keen to hear about your experience with co-design or resources you have used.


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