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.