About Christina Jordan

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Carolina shared her candle in Buenos Aires for those of us in Thailand, France, San Francisco, Bangalore and Melbourne to see during this month’s Ci2i Global core team call.

I’m currently taking an excellent online Advance Practice course in the Art of Hosting. When I came across this gem of an article about stages in emergence and team development in the course readings, it really resonated with dynamics we’ve been sensing in the Ci2i Global core team. There’s been a growing feeling among us that now was a good time for all of us to look inward, to check in on and reflect on our core group’s passion and purpose as we think about pathways forward, both individually and together.

To move into this reflective process we’ve called a series of virtual “circles” for our next few monthly group calls. For our first circle call last week, an in person circle format was adapted thru each of us lighting candles in our own locations (on 5 continents) to serve as our central connection, sharing photos of our group together, and imagining/speaking about a talking stick.

Our guiding questions for this month’s circle conversation were:

  • How is co-creativity currently manifesting in your personal professional practice?
  • Which part of working co-creatively do you feel you’ve gotten better at recently?
  • Which part of working co-creatively do you feel you need to get better at?

One person took full notes of the skype conversation for our archive, complimented by others whenever they felt the urge to write. One person listened out specifically for nuggets of wisdom, and another for rich areas we might consider discussing further at some point.

The following bits of our harvest felt especially worth sharing:

Some wisdom we’ve learned:
  • take time out for yourself to recover a sense of peace and presence.
  • when working with those who are not co-creative, witness those things you do not want to do; these people are teachers.
  • “Play is better than intellectual”
  • “Each time I honour the process, something better comes…”
  • be respectful of others processes as well – treat others like they want/need to be treated
  • a measure of strength of relationship lies in how long you can hold silences together
  • Time can be a great ally

Areas where we’re still learning:

  • not to control and not to distrust…
  • to accept time as an ally and not something we have to master and control.
  • to nurture co-creativity through mindful communication, especially framing things in terms of questions.
  • responding to our own frustration when egos get in the way
Calls for deeper sharing
  • Working with challenging people who are not co-creative but who we need to work with for one reason or another.
  • Strategies for giving up (at least some) control within a co-creative group effort
  • My story, my impact

Cross-posted from LifeInAfrica.com

Esther Akello is the vice chairman of New Life in Africa in Kireka-Kampala, who appears in the video on the community’s current crowdfunding campaign for a Family Transition Center that will help them to move back home to Northern Uganda – see http://startsomegood.com/lifeinafrica.

She speaks Luo instead of English in the video, which makes it hard for most viewers to hear the deep passion behind Esther’s words. As someone who has known Esther and witnessed her impact in her community over the past 8 years, it’s passionately important to me to share what an incredible role model Esther has been for me.  She is one of the wisest, most energetic and genuinely caring women I’ve ever known, and is one of the people on this planet who’s taught me the most about co-creative leadership and the value of  co-creative approaches to community development.

akello esther 14Leading from courage and bravery

In one of several interviews with Esther during research I’ve been doing for a book, she told me she married late by her culture’s standards, to a man she is still crazy about. When she was 30 and had just had her first child, she was working on a dream to become a tailor. She was living at her new husband’s family compound, the vegetables she grew on her fields were fetching a good price, and she’d enrolled in a tailoring course with some of her savings. The obvious glitch was that Kitgum was becoming a dangerous place to live.  The news of Lord’s Resistance Army attacks on villages all over the district was alarming, and the number of children kidnapped to be soldiers was increasing.  Rumor had it they were on a ruthless killing spree because Joseph Kony was angry with his own people (for some still unknown reason), so was punishing them. Esther’s husband left to the capital – following one of his brothers who was already there – to arrange a safer place for the family to stay.

While he was away, Esther went for a short visit to her own family, which was when the worst happened. She watched one of her sisters, three brothers and most of her nieces and nephews get slaughtered before she managed to gather herself and her baby and run. The soldiers stabbed her badly in the leg when they caught up with her, but decided not to kill her right away. Instead, they forced her to eat some poisonous caterpillars, scorpions and spiders to swear her oath of loyalty to the Lord’s Resistance Army.  When she found an opening to run again, they didn’t chase her. Miraculously, with her injured leg and a stomach full of poisonous insects, Esther made it on foot with her baby all the way to safety in Kitgum town, 20+ km away.

Joining her husband in the capital was the obvious plan, but how would she get the bus money?  Even with her leg not yet healed, she identified an opportunity and began fetching water for people to earn money. This meant walking very far every day, with the baby on her back and 20 liters of water in a container on her head. After hundreds of journeys delivering water at 50 shillings per trip (about 2 US cents in those days), she finally earned the $12 bus fare to join her husband in Kampala, 400 kilometers away.

The Acholi Quarter todayShe says settling in at the Acholi Quarter was really hard at first. Unlike at home where they were surrounded by fresh air and rich farmland, here on Kireka hill were hundreds of uprooted, traumatized families living almost on top of each other. Money was suddenly required for everything. Esther continued carrying water to begin with, this time up and down the hill, which made the work even harder. Her husband also found work as a porter at the nearby stone quarry, which enabled them to rent the small house where they’ve lived for the past 20 years (except when it collapsed those two times and they had to stay somewhere else for a while). It’s in this humble home and complex community context that she’s become a loved and respected mentor and role model to many.

Esther never makes a big deal of the courage and bravery she was forced to find within herself to survive what she went through 20 years ago, but she leads from an inner place of knowing what it is. She loves the people around her very actively and genuinely by helping them to find and remember the courage they all know they have inside them to face up to life’s struggles, and the hard work they all know they are capable of.

Building community around enterprising energy

Esther moved on from carrying water to several years of hot and back-breaking work in the stone quarry. Always enterprising, she and her children also sold pancakes, she made local brew, and sometimes she even made bricks. Her husband Odong already had three children when she married him. Now they have five more, plus three beautiful grandchildren. Then there’s the orphan they adopted, and the others they opened their home to when some of their relatives fell on hard times. All together there are 12 people living at Esther’s house these days. They are generally happy, and Esther tells me she always does what she can to make their family life as fun as possible. Her home is a place where friends and neighbors often drop in for Esther’s warm, no-nonsense advice on their marriage problems, small business ideas or family decisions.

akello esther 15In addition to the community of friends she’s developed, one of the things Esther has loved the most about living in Kampala is the opportunity for her children to be educated, as she thinks it will make their lives much easier than hers has been. The thing she is most proud of in her life so far is that she’s been able to see her oldest child finish university. Her second born  started last year, she told me with a big smile last time I visited. There is nothing that brings her more joy than their happiness and success.

She also remembers, however, that when her children had all reached school age, paying the school fees for all of them became an agonizing and ongoing challenge for many difficult years. There was a devastating period when she became very ill for a while. The school fees burden became completely impossible alongside medical bills, and some of the kids had to sit out a few terms at home. A  turning point came eight years ago when she joined Life in Africa.

The money Esther earned at LiA for the first 2 years, selling beads and working on a group contract to make bracelets, enabled her to start a range of small income generating projects at home that she says still make it possible to keep all the kids in school.  In those days there were about 150 member families at Life in Africa, and Esther’s natural leadership skills soon began to emerge.  She became the quality control team leader for the community’s paper bead Esther teaching LiA members how to cut the paper for their beads (2006)production.  When I left Uganda and Life in Africa Foundation transformed into a Community Based Organization run by and for it’s members, Esther was elected Vice-Chairperson of the new LiA, responsible for engaging the community in planning and implementing their joint development ideas.

Esther’s enterprising energy is magnetic, and she doesn’t limit sharing it with only the LiA group. Over the years she’s liaised with and mobilized local engagement with several international NGOs working in the Acholi Quarter, and looks forward to a life in service to her community when she moves back home to the north. In fact, she’s already started talking to recently resettled women back home in her husband’s village about how to save, and small projects they might imagine starting together. They call her regularly to know when she’s planning to return.

Lessons in co-creative community leadership 

Wise and sassy EstherEsther shares the leadership responsibilities at New LiA, but when I returned for the first time to visit after 3 years away, it was she who got up to share the story with me of everything they’d done together since I left.  What this funny and sassy, yet humble and caring grandmother shared on behalf of the 30+ women with her that day has forever altered my perception of what community leadership should mean, and what the right kind of  leadership can mean for impoverished communities in planning for change.  As I’ve gone on to study and practice co-creative leadership (at Ci2i Global and in other contexts),  I am regularly reminded of the important lessons that amazing Esther and the New LiA ladies have taught me.

Lesson 1: A group’s glue lies in shared purpose

When the New LiA first formed there were over 100 members – many had  joined under the previous structure solely because of the income earning opportunities available. As a community based organization, the New LiA would have to build new opportunities, which required more commitment from its members.  Uncertainty led to some attrition, there were disappointments and disagreements over changed expectations, the group threatened to completely fall apart. The elected officers discussed the challenges at length and realized that what they and their closest friends in the group really wanted was not just to earn money, but something bigger – to start preparing themselves for moving back home to the north. They envisioned a group working together with that intention, and in doing so found a powerful glue for reforming the LiA community. To keep things manageable, Esther told me, they invited only the hardest working women members to be a part of forming this new bond, and have remained a strong and remarkably stable community ever since.  They still earn extra income together on various smaller group projects, but once a week they all gather to save for the future and to discuss their evolving plans for preparing themselves to go home.

Meeting with Esther (standing) and the LiA ladies again after 3 years awayLesson 2: Nurture a caring community culture

The hardest part of living in Kampala for Esther and many others in the group has been that their children are not being raised in their real Acholi culture.  It’s not just the urban location, but the daily need for money in the city which adds tension to community life and often causes division.  The old Acholi way is to love and support one another; to work together and help each other so that everyone gets ahead. The New LiA ladies have looked to their roots to re-establish that special way of being together as they plan for their future back home. With the women all nodding in unison around her, Esther shared that at the New LiA each and every member’s progress and success is supported, they respect and love each other’s strengths, and they all pitch in to help “with an undivided heart” where they are needed or when one of them has a problem. Living these community values together has resulted in the kind of unity that they remember from home, and led to some wonderful results for the whole group.

mushroomsLesson 3: Dare to let thrivability trump sustainability

One of the most moving stories Esther shared that day was how the mushrooms they’d started growing turned into a tailoring course for young mothers. I had known about the mushroom growing project, which they’d raised funds for online and got started, according to subsequent photos I’d seen. Esther apologized for how they’d stopped communicating about that, for fear that people who’d contributed might view what later happened as a failure on their part, in terms of all the typical expectations around “sustainability.” What I saw instead, as she explained what happened, was that their caring community culture had enabled them to see and pursue a path toward greater thrivability in their community.

A core group of 10-15 members indeed did grow mushrooms successfully together for more than a year, and really loved what they learned from the project. There came a point, however, when it had served their shared purpose – they now knew how to grow mushrooms, and could very easily imagine themselves growing them back at home. They would have continued to make money had they continued the project, but they didn’t feel they had much more to learn from it. Meanwhile LiA had received a donation from Think Humanity of 12 sewing machines that nobody knew how to use. Together the mushroom growers decided that after the next harvest they would pull out the capital and use it to hire a sewing teacher, so that some of the youngest mothers in the LiA group could learn that work-at-home trade. They then raised funds for a small daycare facility so that the mamas could focus on their learning, and six months later they had 12 trained tailors.

LIA TAILORING PROGRAMEach of those women had already earned enough with their new skill to buy their own sewing machine – which of course, they will be taking home with them to the north.

As a group they now produce bags that are sold all over the world, and last year had an order for 600 sets of pajamas. Turning their mushrooms into sewing machines proved to be an excellent decision, which was only possible because they dared to look beyond financial sustainability to stay aligned with their greater shared community purpose. (Btw – in spite of an apologetic start, Esther, who had wanted to become a tailor when she herself was young, was beaming with love and pride by the end of sharing that story.)

Lesson 4: Inspire people to believe in themselves

When I asked the ladies that day what part of their Life in Africa experience from the old days stood out for them most – when I was still there and trying out all sorts of development ideas – I was surprised when Esther replied that it was mostly that I just believed in them. She remembered and laughed about the time I sat her down in front of a computer for the first time and told her to type the numbers from her quality control count into something called a spreadsheet that was open on the screen.  The most impressive part of that story for Esther is that she actually did it!  She recalled feeling so sophisticated and proud of herself, for who could have ever imagined that she would ever work on a computer!  The moral she imparted is that when you believe that someone believes in you, you can do anything.   One of the many valuable qualities Esther brings to her leadership style is that she believes in people, and in doing so inspires those around her to believe that they, too, can do anything.

Building a new Life in Africa – again!

At the end of that first time back in Uganda – 2 years ago now – I left the New LiA ladies with a request to think about what they would do if the organization ever received some money specifically for helping them to move back home. That’s when they started talking about the Family Transition Center. One of the things I love most about their plan is that they’ve co-created it together, not based on what any foreigner thinks they should do but based on what they know they can and want to do – not only to help themselves and each other, but to contribute positively to the new post-war communities they’ll become part of in the North.

Even more than when I was still there to believe in them, the New LiA community embodies everything good about co-creative community impact and innovation in action. My dear sister/friend Esther is one of several wise leaders in the group who has helped to make that happen.

Now that you know more about her,  watch that video again – and please help out with $10 or more if you can. The world needs more groups like LiA, and they really deserve a world of support. See http://startsomegood.com/lifeinafrica.


Christina Jordan founded Life in Africa Foundation in Uganda in 1999. In 2001 she was awarded the first Ashoka Fellowship in East Africa for her work using the internet to impact local community development. In 2009 she left Uganda and has gone on to found Evolutionize It, a non-profit that nurtures community collaboration for change. She is also a partner at Ci2i Global.

Artistic visualization of our co-creative journeys at the Feb 2014 Learn/Share Lab in Thailand.

Do you see it?

For some years now, I’ve found it useful to believe that the tipping point (as Malcolm Gladwell wrote about the concept) has already been reached when it comes to the kind of social transformation that’s needed at a global level, in order to put our planet back on track. My growing sense is that in spite of all the troubling news we see around us, there are also many important levels at which we are actually on a firm path toward positive global transformation. We just don’t (know how) to see it yet.

The most valuable gift that orchestrating our recent Learn/Share Lab has left me with, is a heartfelt imperative to encourage all those using and reading about co-creation and co-creativity to be mindful of the potential transformation upon us, and step up to help nurture the the best possible global impact.

“Cocreation” is indeed the latest in better-world memes that is spreading like a virus, in a way that’s transecting all of our global systems. You hear about it from the business sector, universities are teaching it, organizations like Ashoka are investing in it, and all of them are using the word co-creation to talk about seemingly different things. At #cocreate14 we learned and shared about cases where cocreative approaches and processes were generating social impact – thru corporate employment policy, social product development, health administration, waste management, human rights policy, local resilience initiatives, online & offline community development, and more.

The wikipedia entry on co-creation is simply outdated, in my view. I wonder if C.K. Prahalad and Venkat Ramaswamy (credited with popularizing the term in 2000), realized then that the term would also align with the direction in which the social space has long been moving. I saw the other day that a leadership coach has trademarked “co-creative leadership,” which feels a little ironic to me, but there it is. In the end, the path through which we’ve all arrived to this confused space of knowing that lots of people are talking about co-creation is not really important. What is important – especially for those claiming the term – is that we embrace this organic emergence as a moment to recognize the strong commonality in what all of us are talking about at the core, when we speak of co-creation.

“increased We-ness”

I think I see that everyone who is using the co-creation meme is talking – in one way or another – about including more voices of the people who are connected through stuff that affects them, in developing stuff and getting stuff done. Wonderful! An across the board increase in the we-ness of how governments, organizations and businesses operate couldn’t be a bad thing, could it?

It could be, actually, if we don’t really see it. By seeing it, I don’t mean noticing and championing co-creativity everywhere. but developing tools for continents of people to see the we-ness in co-creative stuff with a discerning eye. WE-washing or cocreation-washing in some corporate and government media strategies could prove a nightmare of Orwellian proportions if co-creation becomes a hot meme that is exaggerated in ways which can’t be easily verified, even ranked. Could it ever be possible to imagine verifying such a thing? Especially since, as John Baxter reminds us, Our world is already inherently cocreated— we just don’t do it very well. (Discussion).

Doing co-creation well is not really about how many voices are included, or whether a group is closed or open, or working toward determined or emergent goals, as we plotted them for cross-silo analysis at the Lab. As Jean Russell writes, through the social impact lens it can often be about phasing co-creative processes into building something that is more centrally owned and managed. In fact, at #cocreate14 a common value we unearthed is that the process in co-creative approaches can be just as socially impactful for the participants as the actual outcomes achieved by any group of voices working together, large or small. I would posit that even in co-creative corporate branding and product development strategies, the process used will impact the participants personally in describable ways.

How co-creative is your co-creation?

I find myself wondering if a useful co-creativity index or scoring system could be developed, that’s built around the self reported impact of the process on the people involved in any process/initiative that claims to be co-creative. If I were to allow myself to imagine, I’d see:

  • A trip-advisor-like online interface for folks co-creating in the connected world. Co-creation listings with user scores (Thank you Nic Meredith for that inspired marketplace discussion at the Lab)
  • A simple survey that generates a co-creativity score or a composite index, based on how participants feel about a range of co-creative process elements.
  • Online scouts who find stuff that claims to be co-creative and add it to the platform for rating
  • Armies of volunteer travelers recruited to survey under-connected participants in local/international development initiatives.

With that picture come so many interesting questions:

  • Could a simplified common survey be designed for participants/stakeholders co-creating in business, international development, education and community building, that enables them to meaningfully rate the impact of a co-creative process on them?
  • What would that inquiry look like, and what other things would folks need to see, in order to discern a truth in the use of the co-creation/ cocreation/ cocreative/ memes?
  • A co-creation index? A WE index? A Ci2i index? What name would help “memify” the highest genuine level of meaningful increased WE-ness into the history of “co-creation” that’s emerging at this point?

If not an index or scoring system, surely some other kind of tool could be developed to help us recognize and evaluate the co-creation increasingly around us more clearly – not just for what it is but for what it isn’t.

When WE-ness goes viral

An amazing amount of good – empowerment, confidence, sense of connection – could happen in people’s lives all over the world if the increased we-ness inherent in the co-creation meme actually became something “real” that people could learn to look for and demand in making our consumer decisions, investment decisions, career decisions….

But really, any significant increase in the number of people on the planet who are learning to see and want more genuine WE in our lives, inevitably results in deep ripples of transformation at multiple levels – potentially impacting not only the design and operation of products and projects, but socially impacting the individual people that comprise their eco-systems. It’s a gentle but powerful shift that appears to be taking root within, among and outside of our existing systems.  My hunch is that increased levels of WE-ness are already re-working and remaking the systems that guide and nurture our lives on this planet all around us right now, both within and well beyond those who will be meming about co-creation in times to come.

In that lies Gladwell’s tipping point, toward transformation everywhere.

This is a call, however, to all of us who talk about co-creation in our work these days, to think carefully about what we expect of ourselves and each other in walking our co-creative talk. We should all be thinking about how to proactively protect the integrity of “increased we-ness” that’s implied in the co-creation memes, and start imagining tools for resisting the potential perils in the worldwide wave of co-creation that’s upon us.

Share your lens?

I am so curious to have more views on this perspective. Your comments are very welcome in the space below. If there’s interest from among co-creative practitioners in working on an index or some other kind of lens developing tool for discerning truth in co-creation, maybe we can start some deeper thinking and planning in the Ci2i Global group at Edgeryders.

In the aftermath of #cocreate14, we’re left with a wonderful richness of case studies and learnings to sort through, study, analyze and share.

One of the ways we’re doing that is by finalizing with the presenters of the cases we’ve collected, on how/what to publish. As that process continues in the context of all our busy schedules, we’ll be uploading the cases that are ready to share here.  Another way we’re planning to share on our collective learnings is to invite the #cocreate14 folks and other practitioners we know to co-create of a book about co-creative impact.

The model we’re pursuing to make that initiative happen is inspired by the case study presented by Jean Russell at #cocreate14.

Co-created book: Thrivability – a sketch

The case study offers insights into how Jean orchestrated the “flash collaboration” which resulted in a book compiled by 65+ contributors in just 90 days. Thrivability – A Sketch has had almost 30,000 views on slideshare since Jean published it in 2010.

As a contributor to Thrivability – A Sketch back in 2010, I was personally impressed with and inspired by the co-creative leadership skills that Jean employed in making the book happen. Here are a couple of things that stood out for me as particularly aspirational:

  • The purpose behind the book was acknowledgement that the term “thrivability” is something that no one person can own. Instead of defining it herself (leading from the front), Jean asked people who she knew were using the term to help define it. The result of that approach for me personally was a greater sense of alignment with the term and an increase in my active usage of it.
  • She engaged contributors by making us feel shiny. The way Jean spoke of her admiration for all of the contributors made it feel like an opportunity to be a part of it.
  • She created a clear, time-bound invitation to collaborate in a very specific and easily manageable way, while at the same time offering a blank canvas for independent thought.  My contribution to the book was requested with respect and honor for whatever I might say around the sub-topic I was asked to write about (stakeholder engagement).

We’ll aim to be mindful of these and other aspects of the case study as we at Ci2i Global set out to replicate the model for co-defining co-creative impact. Learn more about our upcoming book here.


liacocreatingIn October 2013, Ci2i Global issued a call among our peers around the world for case studies in co-creative impact and innovation, to be presented at our upcoming Learn/Share Lab in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

We issued this call knowing full well that “co-creative impact” is not a term that’s currently very well defined. In fact, one of our reasons for inviting case studies is to learn more about what people mean when they use the term co-creative in a social change related context.

After examining 21 case studies, we’re liking the term more and more for it’s cross-cutting ability to capture a description of how more inclusive change is happening lately in all kinds of contexts. Communities, non-profits, companies, cities, universities, and entrepreneurs are experiencing, practicing and inviting co-creation in varying degrees to achieve social objectives.

We noticed that the case studies we received were spread almost evenly across a matrix that plotted two spectra:

1) Social objectives that are determined in advance, versus completely emergent.
2) Participant groups that are highly curated, versus offering a completely open invitation to the general public.

The case studies submitted were of an extremely high caliber. We were unable to limit ourselves to the initial 7 we thought to invite. In selecting 10 cases to study in Chiang Mai alongside our 5 partner cases, we’ve chosen a cross-section from across the matrix, that also represents a global spread. We’re thrilled to have excellent examples of co-creative social impact in action from business, academia, the non-profit world and social entrepreneurs.

One of our key co-creative activities at the Learn/Share Lab will be to hack and dissect these cases to determine the co-creative attributes they have in common, and how those can be taught, replicated and nurtured in the pursuit of social change in even more contexts. With a clearer picture that lab participants and case study presenters alike can begin to see around the nature of co-creation and how it works, we’d like to start refining our global discourse about social change, and begin to actively nurture more know how and a broader awareness of co-creativity as a critical factor in building new systems that thrive.

Case Studies Co-creativity Matrix (1)The cases we’re honoring with an invitation to help us define co-creative impact and innovation by presenting at the Learn/Share Lab for Co-creative Impact and Innovation in Chiang Mai include: 


    • Letsrecycle, India - Paul Biplab is an Ashoka Fellow emancipating roadside waste pickers from exploitative informal waste buyers. When the company experienced a recent fire, the waste pickers contributed their ideas for rebuilding in a better way, that now enables them to collect even more.
    • Witness, D.R. Congo – Gillian Caldwell served as the Executive Director of Witness when they played a major role in equipping, training and supporting local human rights advocates in the DRC to engage in participatory video production about the human rights abuses surrounding the recruitment and abduction of child soldiers.
    • McDonalds/DISCAR, Latin America - Carolina Tocalli served as executive director of DISCAR Argentina, a social entreprise currently partnered with McDonalds to involve the managers, co-workers and families of mentally disabled workers in co-creating a supported employment model at McDonalds across Latin America.
    • Thrivable, global - Jean Russell curates co-created books around the topic of thrivability, lifting up an idea by lifting the visibility of the contributors.


    • Sistema SER, Argentina - Simon Gronda carries on the work of his father – an Ashoka Fellow and doctor who co-created a new health care system with poor women in the Jujuy region, which has since partnered with the State and served more than 67,000 people.
    • The Barefoot Guides, Global - Doug Reeler is part of the core team behind a global and local community of social change leaders and practitioners, from many countries, who co-create resources to deepen and develop approaches and initiatives that contribute to a changing world
    • GetLocal coop, Ireland - Eimhin Shortt is creating cooperative businesses with a focus on local resource resilience by carbon neutral means in a way that is non-coercive and is democratically owned and run by member/customers.

Curated Co-creation for Emergent Objectives

    • NESIS, Chile - Gianncarlo Durán Díaz nurtures Higher Education Hubs for Social Innovation in Chile: Fostering cross-sector collaborations from the Academic Sector.
    • YES! Meshwork, Global – based in the Netherlands, Anne Marie Voorhoeve led 55 youth leaders from 30 countries in a facilitated meshwork process where stakeholders bring together their strengths and resources to achieve a common purpose.
    • Evolutionize It, Uganda / Thailand - Christina Jordan guides displaced communities in developing local community project plans and finding resources from global supporters through co-creative online campaigns.
    • Ci2i Global – Bonnie Koenig leads on organizational development as a Ci2i Global partner.

Open co-creation for emergent objectives

    • The Women’s School and Interfaith Movement, IndonesiaLian Gogali is an Ashoka Fellow who has created a method for trauma healing and cultivating empathy by which women and children transform themselves from victims of war, into survivors, and peacemakers.
    • Co-create Adelaide, Australia - John Baxter has developed a methodology called Freespace to expand the principles of Open Space Technologies to a festival and a collaboration.
    • Edgeryders, Europe - Nadia EL-Imam was the creative director for a research project that should result in recommendations on youth employment to the Council of Europe. In response, the Edgeryders Open Consultancy was designed for participants to help one another bridge the growing gap between the need to make a living and the need to do meaningful work that at least doesn’t harm the ecosocial systems we live in.
    • Omidyar.net, GlobalJean Russell and Christina Jordan met 8 years ago through a co-creative online community space hosted by the Omidyar Network. This case will examine some of the global collaborations that emerged through the network, and invite conversation around developing practical working spaces for co-creative practitioners.

Congratulations to all the cases selected and to the presenters invited to join us in Chiang Mai. Next, we’ll be working hard to help raise the funds to get them all there!

Do you sense the potential impact of learning from these case studies like we do? Co-create this opportunity with us at Startsomegood.com/LearnShareLab.

UPDATE 19 December 2013: 
The Learn/share Lab has been fully funded, and registration is now open!
Won’t you join us? 
Click here for booking details.

Dear Visitor,

Please excuse our dust! We are co-creating the ci2iglobal website, and you’ve managed to find us before the process is finished. Follow us on Twitter to find out when we’re better prepared for you.


Jean (USA), Carolina (Argentina), Christelle (France), Bonnie (USA), Nathalie (France) and Christina (Thailand).