Co-design workshops with community centre in Shanghai

Three sets of co-design workshops were conducted in Shanghai, China. It aimed to achieve two aims: 1) Test the different forms of creative making within the local communities, and 2) Test a sustainable model of the creative hub through connecting different stakeholders: management team from the community centre and local government, grassroots initiative and business partners. Three workshop sessions are as follows:  1) creative hub taster: creative co-knitting, 2) Asset Mapping: brainstorming with key stakeholders, and 3): Co-designing a sustainable business model: building up programmes within the community representatives. 

 

Prior to the workshops, semi-structured interviews, quantitative questionnaires and relationship mappings were conducted with relevant people around the Neighbourhood Centres to explore the hidden assets and their collaboration possibilities. Four types of key stakeholders and positions were identified: Siping Substrict, Operation teams, volunteers, and local residents. The preliminary analysis used the PACT (People, Activity, Context, Technology) methodology to see the key problems and themes for the workshops. It was found that the connections were currently not very strong between the local residents in the community centre. However, this situation could be enhanced and reconstructed by increasing and improving the local activities. More importantly, the centre should also consider how to include the local residents, which would help to arouse their responsibilities and everyday creativity.

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Four types of stakeholders, their connection and hidden assets within the community (left) and PACT analysis (right)

 
 

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