Conversation Labs

Monthly online discussions and networking are hosted by ACD members and the participative sessions will be written up, shared and published within our global community.

These sessions are usually hosted via Zoom There will be an introduction by our chair, there is a new theme or question.

Conversation Lab 6

Climate Action Urban Thinkers


This is an open space to share, learn and brainstorm how grass-roots level involvement in co-designing climate actions supports the message 'THE MORE PEOPLE ACT, THE BIGGER THE IMPACT', in preparation for 'UN Climate Change Conference COP 26' in November and the World Urban Campaign 'Urban Thinkers Campus' programme.

Samantha Suppiah was our guest speaker, who shared her experience in working between Global N / S initiatives with community engagement tensions, and the barriers she encounters, especially in creating interventions to urban spaces that will respond to climate change.

Read the summary blog post.

Chaired by Kara de los Reyes

June 2021

Conversation Lab 5

Tensions and decision making


In this lab, we will be looking at sticky issues, sharing experiences, and discussing ways to progress through the challenging points of collaborative design.

Chaired by Nataly Raab

Link to Miro board

Read the event summary

April 2021

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Conversation Lab 4

What is collaborative design?

The Association of Collaborative Design is continually experimenting with different formats for our Conversation Labs.

The upcoming Lab is an opportunity to network and collaboratively explore what co-design is to you? There are no right or wrong answers as we open our minds to our diverse understandings in an informal, friendly and safe setting.

Chaired by Dr Kate Langham

Link to Miro board

March 2021

Conversation Lab 3

How can co-design provide greater opportunities for creative community engagement?

The lab is an opportunity to connect, network and discuss.

It links to a three-year ‘Creative Makerspaces’ project with The Glass House, in collaboration with Brunel University London and Tongji University in Shanghai. One of the core approaches in this project is collaborative workshops to bring people together to explore ambitions for spaces and create bilingual co-design resources for community groups and practitioners.

Chaired by Dr Kate Langham and Dr Noha Nasser

Link to  article here 

Miro board

February 2021

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Conversation Lab 2

How can digital tools provide greater opportunities for inclusive community engagement?

In September, the ACD team is speaking at a workshop all about digital community engagement, hosted by the Design Council. We shall also be learning about the digital practices of other panel members, as well as the audience. The insights shared at the workshop will act as the springboard for this Conversation Lab; exploring how digital tools can be harnessed to support inclusive community engagement.

Chaired by Sarah Jones-Morris

Link to Jamboard

October 2020

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Conversation Lab 1

Is the global pandemic an opportunity to rethink public participation?

You will explore specific themes in small, friendly groups, with a focus on open discussion and ideas generation. 

An article by Communities by Design (June 2020) It’s Time to Build a Nation of Citizen Urbanists by Joel Mills of AIA Communities by Design will inform discussions. The paper discusses the global pandemic as an opportunity to instil a more democratic, inclusive co-design process that places people as the foundations of our cities. The article provides a starting point to facilitate conversation and sharing of ideas surrounding the future of public participation.

Chaired by Dr Noha Nasser

Link to Jamboard

September 2020

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