I am a Scottish artist and designer based in Glasgow. My key area of interest is in collaborative projects that explore place, narrative and participation. My work encompasses painting and drawing, installation, print and delivery in the community. Learn more about my approach and interests in this blog section of my website. For a more frequently updated insight into my practice please follow me on twitter @josievallely
I work part time with Iriss, and at this year's Fire Starter Festival, we teamed up with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) to deliver an 'Igniting Ideas' workshop, which was focused on how co-production and systems thinking could help get ideas off the ground. It was open to anyone working in social services.
The team spent the day investigating different approaches to project planning, ways to overcome challenges, and to ensure that all voices are heard in the process.
The day kicked off with coffee and a model making task. Everyone was asked to create a mini version of their 'challenge' using play dough, Googly Eyes and Lego. The results were fantastic! Challenges identified ranged from looking at creating a theatre from a disused community building and improving advocacy for people using care homes, to tackling wider systemic issues such as Brexit and borders.
The challenges were then picked apart using systems thinking. The group discussed how to identify the different factors at play in a system and how to build the bigger picture. Conversations were opened up using creative exercises, such as the iceberg model to explore the patterns, structures, processes, values, beliefs and designs that could influence projects.
After working brains hard for a few hours, a well deserved (and delicious) lunch was served before the group dived into the world of co-production. Attendees were given a copy of the new Iriss co-production project planner to support them on developing a live co-production plan. A lot of chatting, thinking and making ensued. From creating hats (based on de Bono's Six Thinking Hats) to explore issues from different perspectives, to using the design council's Double Diamond model, lots of new approaches were tried and tested.
The day was all about using design methodology and systems thinking to support a shift in power away from professional expertise towards an asset-based understanding of everyone’s inherent knowledge and value.
Feedback was positive and people left feeling energised and enthused.
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