Co-creation is an innovation tool that brings together diverse people to discover novel ways to solve problems.

Welcome to the Co-creation guide!

Information on this website is based on studies, research and experimentation done over one academic year by a team of Aalto University’s Product Development Project course students. The commission for this project came from Airbus.

On this website, you will learn about co-creation and how it can be enabled via culture, space and services to become a powerful tool for innovation.

What is the Co-creation Guide?

The Co-creation Guide is a website compiling information about co-creation. More specifically, it contains a possible way to enable and support co-creation in a modern tech centre with a space dedicated to co-creation.

It is a working-environment design guideline for a tech centre, with the goal to design an open, dynamic and collaborative working space that enables collaboration between the tech centre’s internal and external organizational entities. Co-creation Guide includes guidelines on working culture principles, space design, community building and service design.

Why Co-creation?

The world is constantly changing as new technologies are emerging. Solving the complex challenges of this era requires constant innovating. As such, collaboration among people from diverse backgrounds of expertise, cultural and industrial entities is vital. 

From a company perspective, in order to stay relevant in the competitive market, keeping innovating is crucial for the long-term development. Therefore, innovation should play a role in the company strategy to ensure that the company keeps growing in terms of people, revenue and portfolio.

Co-creation that utilizes the diversity of people can answer the demands of innovation needs that the current world has, finding new viewpoints to solve the problems we are facing. We believe that co-creation should be in the heart of an organization’s sustainable growth strategy.

Co-creation as a disruptor.

Fundamentally, co-creation is not the usual work setting that we are used to. Therefore, it can not operate within the same rules and boundaries that we are used to having at work.

A big part of innovation, which here is being chased through co-creation, is ad-hoc situations. To enable these ad-hoc situations to happen, people can not be working with full 100% efficiency while being observed on what they do. Instead, if they feel like there might be something, a proper outcome, from this ad-hoc discussion, they should be able to jump on it and reprioritize to see where that path leads.

Operating with different rules allows the work that is done in co-creation to truly be disruptive to the ways we are used to working with. Disruption is what leading is currently aiming for, as the common ways of working can not really provide the answer to the big challenges we are facing in the world – and at work – these days. To break out of the mould and achieve something higher, disruption is necessary.

Co-creation Guide Book

This is the book which walks through our cultural principles and how to apply those in real life situations.

Would you be interested in setting up a co-creation environment?

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