Collaboratory Podcast

Laying the foundations for co-creation

by | 4 Sep, 2022

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Laying the foundations for co-creation

In this episode of Collaboratory, we explore some of what can enable and constrain collaborative practice at organizational, project and individual levels so that we can lay good foundations for co-creation no matter what scale or sector we’re operating in. This episode features guests, Emma Blomkamp, Michelle Halse, Rebecca McNaught, and Antti Pirinen. Read the full show notes on our website


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Blomkamp, Emma. “Systemic design practice for participatory policymaking.” Policy Design and practice (2021): 1-20. – Open Access

Emma Blomkamp’s Systematic Design Practice Wheel – Open Access

Pirinen, Antti. “The barriers and enablers of co-design for services.” International Journal of Design 10, no. 3 (2016): 27-42. – Open Access

Lima, Rinaldo, Bernard Espinasse, and Fred Freitas. “Ontoilper: an ontology-and inductive logic programming-based system to extract entities and relations from text.” Knowledge and Information Systems 56, no. 1 (2018): 223-255. – Behind a paywall


Dr Emma Blomkamp is a facilitator, researcher and strategic designer, best known for her work in co-design for behaviour and systems change. A Pākehā New Zealander living on Wurundjeri land in Melbourne, Emma is passionate about co-creating compassionate systems. She has been leading participatory design and social innovation projects with public purpose organisations since 2014. As an independent Co-Design Coach, Emma now focuses on supporting public, health and community organisations to apply creative and participatory approaches in their work.

You can find Emma online at Emma Blomkamp’s website, LinkedIn, Medium, Twitter

Michelle Halse is the Director of Living Collaborations. As a global collaboration facilitator, her purpose in life is to design, build and sustain collaborations that have the potential to transform the world we live in, with a focus in the aid and development sector. She is an internationally Accredited Partnership Broker and Associate, Trainer and Mentor with the Partnership Broker Association.

You can find Michelle online at the Living Collaborations website, LinkedIn

Rebecca McNaught is a partner at Pacific Connections (Australia), a passionate local volunteer and a PhD candidate at Griffith University. Her research focusses on investigating the practice of local level collaboration for climate and disaster resilience in the Pacific Islands and Australia.

You can find Rebecca online on LinkedIn, Twitter

Antti Pirinen is University Lecturer in Spatial and Service Design at Aalto University, Department of Architecture, in Espoo, Finland. His research interests include human-centered and collaborative design in the context of interior space, the living environment and related services, as well as emerging conceptual and strategic aspects of spatial design. He has also studied the prerequisites of design in the public sector.

You can find Antti online at Aalto People website, Research Gate

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Collaboratory is written, edited and produced by Maya Haviland with production and editorial assistance from Nicole Deen. Audio engineering by Nick McCorriston. Music made, especially for us by Seprock, additional research and production support by Nicole O’Dowd.

Collaboratory is produced on the lands of the Ngunnawal, Ngunawal and Ngambri  people.We pay our respects, an ongoing gratitude to the custodian’s past present and future of the lands on which we work and of the knowledges from which we learn.

Collaboratory is a production of the Scaffolding Cultural Co-creativity Project hosted by the Center for Heritage and Museum Studies in the College of Arts and Social Sciences at the Australian National University funding is generously provided by the Australian National University Translational Fellowship Scheme.


Hosts: Maya Haviland, Nicole Deen, Audio Engineer: Nick McCorriston, Featured guests: Jenny Savigny, Stephen Corey