Authentic Co-design

A step-by-step community design process


Susan Carter of The Community Studio, Max Hardy of Max Hardy Consulting and Dr Anthony Boxshall of Science into Action invite you to join them in this online co-design 'how to' course. 

With over 60 years combined experience Max, Anthony and Susan are here to guide you and your organisation through the co-design process.  

Whether you've been involved in collaborative co-design projects before or are just grappling with how to tackle a difficult project in a different way this collection of co-design resources will help guide you.    

You'll find that co-design is a process that works even if the situation is complex and seems impossible, even when the stakeholders are angry at you and each other!

We'll guide you through: 

  • Exactly what co-design is, and when you should and shouldn't use it. 
  • The Five Principles of Authentic Co-design. 
  • The common challenges you'll face, and how to mitigate them. 
  • The six steps of an Authentic Co-design process. 


These are tools we've successfully used to create processes and ultimately build great relationships with stakeholders many times over.

When you invest in the course, you'll receive: 

  • The 90-page Authentic Co-design Manual.
  • Over 3 hours of video content.  
  • Checklists for each step of the Authentic Co-design process. 
  • The combined expertise of Max, Anthony and Susan. 
  • Two essential planning tools:
    • Readiness to collaborate planning tool and,
    • Community planning tool.


The best thing is the process and tools are repeatable and scalable, so you can use them again and again – just like we do.

Bonus offer! Book a team of up to 10 to receive an online team workshop. 

Contact us at susan@thecommunitystudio.com to discuss further. 

Otherwise, click the 'buy this resource now' button below to start. 

Get in contact if you need an invoice too - susan@thecommunitystudio.com


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Course Curriculum

Common Challenges
Step 4 - Co-designing what we agreed (community panels and other engagement methods)

What's included?

12 Videos
1 Survey
3 Texts
14 PDFs

What are others saying about Authentic Co-design? 

Liz Weaver, Co-CEO, Tamarack Institute, Waterloo, Canada. 

Tamarack Institute has had a long and collaborative relationship with Max Hardy.  In 2019, we invited him to Canada to share his expertise about deliberative democracy and co-design processes.  This online workshop series, created by Max Hardy, Anth Boxshall and Susan Carter is an opportunity for all of us to deepen our practice of co-design.  Course participants will benefit from the creativity, practice-based approaches and tools.  

Jennifer Chaplyn, Director, Same Page Consulting

As a facilitator working with co-design for social change, I am thrilled at how this course addresses the kinds of challenges that really do come up, and addresses them with strategies and resources that are practical and realistic.  It is a must do for anyone wanting to understand what co-design is supposed to look and feel like and wants to use it in the real world.

Liz Ellis, Senior Engagement Adviser, Melbourne Water

The Authentic Co-Design course is a valuable investment for yourself and your team in understanding the nuances of community engagement and co-design principles to get the best outcomes for the community and your project. 

The course booklet is an invaluable resource and the video tutorials provide you with tactics and insights that will enhance your engagement process and mitigate emerging issues or risks.

Co-design is evergreen. It’s a methodology that will be relevant in 5,10 even 15 years’ time. The critical and integrated thinking that has gone into the development of this course will be of enormous benefit to your organisations’ engagement training portfolio. 


Dr Mark Elliot, Managing Director, Founder Collabforge

Author, Collaboration Design - a step by step guide to successful collaboration.

The Authentic Codesign course is a great resource from three leaders in the field and represents excellent value for money. I'd recommend it to anyone looking to deepen their skills and understandings of codesign."

Over 60 years of combined co-design experience from Max Hardy, Dr Anthony Boxshall and Susan Carter... 

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Susan Carter
Susan Carter
Community and Stakeholder Engagement Specialist

About the instructor

Like many community and stakeholder engagement specialists, I started my working life somewhere completely different! I'm a scientist and started my working life in environmental science roles. I especially loved connecting people with science and the environment and so my career started to change. First, it was with roles in science communication, then I took to behaviour change programs and then to community and stakeholder engagement. 

In these roles, I've worked in science, environment, regulation, and infrastructure-focused organisations. I have developed strategy that has calmed angry people down, built relationships and, when engagement strategy is early and, there is time dedicated to planning, I have achieved time, cost and stress savings for projects and organisations together with great outcomes for the community. 

Now, I'm passionate about helping others improve their leadership and engagement skills. 

I know if you're able to build skills to identify stakeholders and plan to implement better engagement programs your projects will also run efficiently, great outcomes will be achieved.

About Max Hardy 

Max works with leaders and organisations to achieve results through collaboration. His focus is on their toughest and most complex projects whilst also building ongoing capacity to collaborate and engage, across their organisation, with other organisations/stakeholders, and with their communities of interest.

Working as a coach, facilitator, process designer, trainer and strategic advisor, Max's approach is to work with people where they're at, understand their unique, and not so unique, challenges, and to co-create new ways of responding to those challenges

About Dr Anthony Boxshall

Anthony is the Principal and Founder of Science into Action. He is an experienced Executive and Board level scientific leader with expertise in environmental, conservation and climate adaptation science and the practical application of science for decision-making. He has a science PhD, is a qualified Board Director (Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors) and a member of the Institute of Learning Professionals. He is a Melbourne Enterprise Fellow at the University of Melbourne one day/week. 

Anthony works in the strategic decision-making space, often assisting decision-makers to align the delivery and content of strategies so they can be implemented and used… so they make impact. He coaches leaders and helps others see signal in the noise to cut through for delivery. He is a strong, clear, and accountable facilitator whose primary aim is to leave his clients with both the content and the strategy for their next steps. He has made a career of demystifying science for communities and all non-scientists. He is adept at co-design processes to enable clear decision-making that brings along all stakeholders. 

susan@thecommunitystudio.com

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