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About lockdowns and Authentic Codesign



"This online workshop series, created by Max Hardy, Anthony Boxshall and Susan Carter is an opportunity for all of us to deepen our practice of co-design. Course participants will benefit from the creativity, practice-based approaches and tools." – Liz Weaver, Tamarack Institute, Canada

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a whole year since we launched Authentic Codesign; a self-paced training course about engaging communities on highly complex challenges, to generate enduring and innovative solutions. Over these past twelve months, we’ve had such great feedback from participants across not only Australia but North America and New Zealand as well. We’ve also received suggestions for improving the material and student experience, and we have made some improvements!


This course was developed in Melbourne's first lockdown, where we took the slower pace and change in busy schedules to turn our shared interest in doing things differently into a course that could help others facing difficult problems to do the same.


We expected interest from sectors we were well acquainted with. What has been a pleasant surprise for us has been the breadth of interest from so many sectors, including urban design, climate change mitigation and adaptation, public health, infrastructure planning, transport, resources, and agriculture. Regardless of what sector they come from, the people we work with all have similar problems - they are feeling stuck, dealing with uncertainty, juggling many stakeholders with different interests, and have a sense that something needs to be done urgently.


We are constantly updating the course based on our experience and feedback, though it remains authentically home-made in production value as we work on it using what we have available during lockdowns.


Whether or not you are currently locked down, you can lock in this opportunity to become an Authentic Codesign student, by using this CODE – EOFY2021 to receive a 10% discount on the course price!


You can also join a movement of people who want to make a difference, and to go beyond self-destructive practices that lock everyone down.


Have a look here for more information about Authentic Codesign Courses. To join lots of other people curious about Authentic Codesign register your interest here.


“The Authentic Co-Design course is a valuable investment for yourself and your team in understanding the nuances of community engagement and co-design principles to get the best outcomes for the community and your project.” Liz Ellis, Melbourne Water
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