I use Creativity and Curiosity to Help People Collaborate Better.
I create reflective spaces where I help teams explore and learn from the tangled knots of their collaborative work.
I specialise in helping people delve into the messy process of Co-Production, using effective facilitation practices and an interactive tool called The Co-Production Oracle that I created with the University of Exeter.
The Co-Production Oracle is a deck of cards designed to help you open up new perspectives on issues, problems or areas of stuck-ness in collaborative situations.
I worked with the University of Exeter’s Global Systems Institute (GSI) to develop this deck of cards, which feature 30 co-production ‘archetypes’ based on interviews with members of the GSI - climate scientists, academics, nutritionists, artists, sociologists, and more - and informed by their diverse experiences of co-production. Each archetypal card has a corresponding prompt which provokes the reader to ask new questions about the issues they are exploring. The cards can be used by individuals, pairs and groups.
What is Co-Production?
“Co-production is an uncomfortable process. Co-production is losing control. Co-production is contamination and cross-pollination of different worldviews, seeking to break the monopoly of any one perspective to tackle the challenges we are facing as a collective. Co-production is not only putting yourself in the shoes of others, but allowing their voices, experiences and even their recalcitrant views to shape your own beloved projects, and ideas.
Since we thought that the processes of co-production in all its open-endedness was not amenable for a handbook, set of recipes, or imperatives, we decided to allow for a playful way — the Co-production Oracle — to disrupt the prescriptive thinking that characterises research projects, policy agendas and techno-fixes seeking to solve pressing problems such as the climate emergency. We provide this ‘Oracle’ with the hope it will help you make space for different voices and perspectives to shape your own practice of world making.”
- Dr Ernesto Schwartz, University of Exeter
“Working with Hannah was a delight. She facilitated a collaborative workshop on co-design with skill and care, carefully guiding the group through complex concepts and questions, ensuring that all voices were heard. After the workshop, she sifted through copious notes and produced a series of beautiful images that captured some of the foundational ideas that were raised by the group. We are still using these images to communicate the vision of the group, and to help foster our sense of shared identity and purpose.
“Working with Hannah has been a fantastic experience. She has introduced us to the Oracle cards which are a brilliant resource for challenging mixed research teams about their values and principles in a playful and engaging way. We have used the cards as a team in various different contexts and they never cease to delight us! Hannah has also facilitated a couple of workshops for us - both with researchers, artists and community members before they apply to us for funding and for teams that are funded. She explains co-production in accessible and interesting ways and has a wealth of participatory experience which she brings to workshops. Her approach is engaging, fun, thoughtful and gently provocative in ways that make participants feel challenged but carefully held - which is incredibly skilful. We have ongoing work planned with Hannah and would not hesitate in recommending her to new clients.
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