I found this list in a dusty digital file and decided to turn it into a (minimally edited) post.
A few holes have appeared. I will plug them when I get a moment.
Sources include Robert Jacobs, Harrison Owen, Mo Cohen, Nick Udall, Robert Fritz and Gary Hamel. My thanks to all.
In a complex adaptive system, change cannot be controlled, and the consequences of actions cannot be predicted.
Co-creation is a practice, not a collection of methods.
Actions are informed by purpose.
Regardless of their formal role, everyone is a leader, innovator and change agent.
Ownership and commitment emerge from an egalitarian approach.
Wisdom comes from an appreciation of the value requirements of the whole stakeholder system.
Pool knowledge, and harness the wisdom of the heart as well as the wisdom of the mind.
Include everyone from the start. (‘Everyone’ depends on where the system boundaries are drawn.) In other words, involve upstream all those whose contribution, co-operation and consent will be required downstream.
Invite ‘join-in’ rather than seeking ‘buy-in’ or ‘engage-in’. Foster the idea that “we are all in this together”.
Maintain acute awareness of the environment in which the system or your part of it operates.
An honest assessment of current reality is a solid foundation on which to build the future.
Make any necessary constraints explicit. Identify and eliminate phantom constraints.
Change interventions are best designed by a team whose members represent different levels of seniority and different functional affiliations (see graphic). Include a sceptic.
Enable conversations; eliminate messages. New voices produce new conversations that bring forth new perspectives and arouse new passion.
People can be trusted to do the right thing when they are fully informed.
Encourage early experimentation. Create then adjust.
Think and act in real time. Accelerate the pace of change by bringing the preferred future into the present—thinking and acting as if the future were now.
Create community. Foster an environment in which people come together as part of something larger than themselves that they create, believe in and embody.
Culture is a product of the stories people tell each other, so promote the telling of empowering stories.
As I mentioned earlier, I’ve spotted a couple of gaps. These will be filled very soon. You are welcome to propose additional items.
- Leith’s First Law of Co-creation
- Recommended co-creation resources
- How to abolish resistance to change
- V-Spec enterprise ecosystem value specification framework
- An introduction to large group intervention methods
- Towards more effective Open Space Technology and Real Time Strategic Change conferences
- Stop trying to engage people. It can’t be done
- What you want to bring into being is not your desired future. It’s your desired present.
- Culture is conversation