Author: Noreen Blanluet

[Audio] In conversation with Mencap Cymru

In this audio recording, Noreen is in conversation with Mencap Cymru colleagues about the RCT (Rhondda Cynon Taf) Me Time project: James Prestwood, Sian Davies, Gareth Pahl, Helen Mahony and Laura Thomas. We covered a bit of background about the project (which is still under way): what were the intentions, and where have they got to with it? We discussed how co-production comes with uncertainty and how that’s not always comfortable, and how they found ways […]

Glossary of engagement terminology

A number of terms are used in the field of engagement, often interchangeably, and frequently with different meanings depending on who is using them; so it is always useful to clarify and agree what we mean when we’re at the start of a process. We thought it would be useful for us to share the definitions we use at the Co-production Network for Wales; they reflect current good practice in engagement, co-production and involvement in […]

A brief history of co-production (video)

If you’re wondering how co-production came about in the UK and especially in Wales, Dan’s presentation (12’47) covers the journey since the 1960’s with key thinkers like Sherry Arnstein, Elinor Ostrom, and Edgar Cahn; and the development work in the UK by Nesta and the New Economics Foundation. Any other key contributors to this picture that you know about? Let us know! Here’s a summary infographic below (click to open as a pdf in a […]

Guest appearance on the Community Catalysts podcast [audio]

I was invited to join the Community Catalysts “Changing it up!” podcast for one episode as a guest, and I talked with Nick Sinclair and Clenton Farquharson about co-production, inequality, systemic change and a bunch of related stuff. It was lovely to have time to reflect and exchange thoughts. It’s a half hour episode and you can find it here (also on spotify, and I think also wherever you find your podcasts!) Podcast series: ‘Changing […]

Nov20: The context for Welsh public services (focus on PSBs)

In November 2020 we (at the Co-production Network for Wales) put together a proposal to do some co-production and involvement development work with some of the Public Services Boards (PSBs). As part of the proposal we spoke to a number of people and combed through many reports and publications, to put together a sort of “state of public services” with a specific focus on PSBs. We thought it might be useful so here it is […]

Co-production, involvement & people-centred practice

On 29th June 2020 Noreen did a webinar for the HMPPS Insights2020 festival. The slides and the transcript are available here. We’re getting some really good feedback on the content for this one. Just for reference: the slides the audio recording the transcript of the audio   (Copy of the link content, for safekeeping!) On 29th June, I hosted an Insights event on co-production, involvement and people-centred practice. For those of you who could not […]

Six essential mindsets (by Kelly Ann McKercher)

Kelly Ann McKercher, who works in Australia as Beyond Sticky Notes, has collated 6 essential mindsets for co-design, which apply very much across the co-production spectrum: Elevating lived experience Curiosity Hospitality Being in the grey Learning through doing Valuing many perspectives Read the details on their website over here: https://www.beyondstickynotes.com/mindsets-for-codesign  

What is co-design and co-production (by Kelly Ann McKercher)

Kelly Ann McKercher, who works in Australia as Beyond Sticky Notes, has put together this BRILLIANT overview of what co-production and co-design are. We can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s got helpful diagrams and downloadable posters, and a lot of wisdom – it talks about power, relationships, and curiosity, as well as a scale of approaches from transactional to transformational (look below for a snippet), and plenty more. Covers all aspects. Honestly we love it […]

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