First steps in exploring the insights of co-creation

What is co-creation and how do co-creation processes and tools look like is what Maria Alina Radulescu, RECOMS fellow, wanted to learn about by attending the “Co-creation Navigator” workshops organised by the Waag Foundation. 

Maria Alina Radulescu, RECOMS fellow hosted by the Rijkswaterstaat (the executive agency of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management) and a PhD student at the University of Groningen, started at the beginning of 2019 a blog about her research entitled “Climate Adaptation through Socio-spatial planning” in which she explores the potential of experimental and participatory methods as part of a new, adaptive and integrated planning approach based on experimentation, flexibility, innovation and learning. Despite the high expectations that everyone places on the role of experimental settings such as the living labs and the associated co-creation practices, research on this topic in connection to spatial planning is still underdeveloped. Therefore, Maria is exploring the conditions and key principles that can help to systematically apply this new planning approach to respond to upcoming challenges in the field of mobility and water management. 

Given her research focus, at the end of 2018, Maria has attended a series of co-creation workshops organised by the Waag Foundation which took place in Amsterdam. In her first blog post, Maria presents her insights about co-creation processes as a result of her participation in two of these workshops which aimed at understanding, popularizing and exploring some of the instruments from the “Co-creation Navigator” toolkit which aims to act as a guiding tool through the different stages of co-creation, from preparation to execution. 

At this events professionals with various backgrounds and vast experience in co-creation or ambitious starters but with a keen interest in co-creation have met to share their experience and to explore various aspects such as the role of the facilitator in co-creation processes and the features of the “enabling environment”.

For more information and insights from the co-creation workshops, you can check out Maria’s blog “The PhD Lab” here