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Who is Involved in Codesign?

Codesign, a collaborative approach to problem-solving, places people at the heart of the process, integrating diverse perspectives to tackle complex issues. But who exactly is involved, and how do their roles contribute to the success of codesign? Here’s a detailed look at the key players and the principles that guide this innovative approach.


The Key Players in Codesign

  • Facilitation Team—The facilitation team leads the codesign initiative. They guide design workshops and synthesise the in-session outputs, ensuring all voices are heard and activities run smoothly.
  • Project Team – The project team manages the project and finalises outputs. They own the issue, manage stakeholders, and keep the project on track between sessions, ensuring that codesign activities produce tangible results.
  • Codesign Team – This diverse group of stakeholders, specialists, and provocateurs bring a wealth of experience and insight. Actively involved in workshops and activities, their unique perspectives foster creativity and innovation.
  • Stakeholder Groups – Various stakeholder groups are invited to participate in specific aspects of the codesign process. Their feedback ensures that solutions are relevant and grounded in real-world needs.
  • Governance Structure—This body provides strategic oversight. It ensures that the codesign initiative aligns with organisational goals, maintains the integrity of the process, and directs efforts towards meaningful outcomes.


Five I’s of Codesign

To successfully gather a codesign team, consider the following principles, known as the Five I’s:

  • Informed – The codesign team must have members who are deeply informed about the problem. Their knowledge and expertise are crucial for understanding the complexities and nuances of the issues.
  • Impacted –The team should include members likely to be directly impacted by the outcomes. Their vested interest in the results ensures genuine engagement and commitment to the process.
  • Interested – Participants need to be genuinely interested in the topic. Their enthusiasm and curiosity drive the energy and creativity necessary for effective codesign.
  • Invested – The team should include individuals who are personally invested in the initiative’s success. Their dedication motivates continuous participation and effort throughout the project.
  • Implementers – The team should include members likely to implement the solutions. Their involvement in the design and execution phases ensures continuity and practical application of the codesigned solutions.


Codesign is a powerful approach to addressing complex challenges by harnessing diverse stakeholders’ collective expertise and perspectives. By understanding the roles of key players and using the Five I’s to form an effective codesign team, you can lead more effective and inclusive problem-solving, driving meaningful change within organisations.

To find out more about how to upskill your leaders in facilitation, codesign or for support with your next codesign project, reach out to us via info@soji.com.au.

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