Co-pro Innovations from Australia – open seminar

Just wanted to tell you about a not-to-be-missed free seminar with Chris Vanstone, Director of Co-design, Australian Centre for Social Innovation

Wednesday 24th July 3.00-5.00, Baltic House, Cardiff Bay.

Bookings via Eventbrite (limited places available)

The Plan

Chris Vanstone will share insights from his work at the Australian Centre for Social Innovation where he leads a team developing new peer-to-peer solutions and new approaches to social problem solving with families, older people and indigenous Australians.

He’ll be talking about the development of solutions for carers and about Family by Family, an award winning solution developed with and for families which keeps kids from care and saves $7 dollars for every $1 invested. They also have the best co-designed web-site in the universe!

Chris will also talk about co-design – the hybrid methodology behind these solutions a blend of design, realist programme theory and business model innovation.

About Chris

Chris has spent the last 12 years co-designing co-produced services in the UK and Australia. He is currently Director of Co-design at The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI). Their remit is to work locally to lead large-scale social change across Australia.

His work there has been recognised by a NAPCANN award for innovation in child protection and an Australian International Design award. His projects have been exhibited at MoMA and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York, the Design Museum and V&A in London.

A graduate of Central Saint Martins, Chris started his career as a product designer, designing biscuits, cameras and razors before working with RED at the Design Council, Participle and co-founding InWithFor.

PS many thanks to Lisa and Amy from Cardiff Council for supplying the venue.


About Ruth

UK National Teaching Fellow and Honorary Research Fellow at Cardiff University. Founder of Co-production Wales (All in this Together), co-pro trainer and consultant, working to make co-production 'the way we do things' in Wales. And having a ball!

2 thoughts on “Co-pro Innovations from Australia – open seminar

  1. I really enjoyed this event. KeyRing has been taking a co-production approach with its Living Support Networks since 1990. Chris’s talk reminded me, a) how important and valuable such an approach is and, b) how importance it is o keep questioning if you are living up to its ideals. It is very easy to get into a relatively fixed way of working and not periodically check that it had not suffered from ‘principle drift’. It gave me renewed energy to look at innovation for he future. Thank you all and I look forward to getting the slides.


  2. Hi Mike
    So glad you enjoyed it…it had a similar effect on me (as you might have noticed!). Slides are now up in the Events section.
    Delighted to discover that KeyRing is now operating in Wales. Fab organisation and really effective co-pro approach. Maybe we could do a spotlight on your work in a future newsletter (if you haven’t signed up for this, please do)?
    Do stay in touch, and do join the Wales Co-Pro Network if you have chance…


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