Administrative Questions

  • 30 participants
  • Series of 2 workshops
  • When:
    • Workshop 1 - Oct 11 to 13
    • Workshop 2 - Oct 18 to 20
    • Give choice of day to attend workshop, or just have set days?



  • Decide on dates
  • Finalize registration form
  • Come up with invitation list
    • IDRC list - 57 people
    • WIC - help reach out to network
  • Send out call for interest


  • September 6 - Send out invitations includes link to registration form (contingent on REB approval)
  • September 19 - select participants


  • Workshop 1 - Oct 11 to 13
  • Workshop 2 - Oct 18 to 20

Overview of Workshops

The goal of the workshops is to gather and understand the needs of those seeking jobs in the arts and culture sector, and to create possible solutions to help meet these needs.

Workshop 1 will focus on needs gathering.

Workshop 2 will focus on creating

Selected Participant Introduction Package

  • Introduce the team
  • Introduce the co-design process
  • Share the goals of the process
  • Give an overview of Workshop 1 and 2 activities
    • Prepare participants to think big and creatively about the job-seeking experience
    • Possibly ask participants to come prepared with something to Workshop 1
      • this may include bringing creative tools of their choice (pencils, markers, paper, tablets, Pinterest board etc)
  • Answer any questions via email

Co-design Workshop 1


  • Needs and preferences gathering for online job-seeking experience
  • Outcomes of Workshop 1 will feed into Workshop 2


Small group or paired activity to share "pie in the sky" vision for an online job-seeking tool

What is your dream vision of an online job seeking experience?

  • Encourage participants to think "outside the box" of any job-seeking tools they've used in the past (either online or offline)
  • Make a creative representation of your vision.
    • This could be a sketch, a mind map, a montage of photos, etc.
      • Ask participants to come with the tools they use for creative expression?
      • We could also provide templates or prompts to get started
    • Participants would then share their vision(s) back with the larger group (or small group)
      • If they prefer not to show their creation, they can describe it, or share related text or writing
  • In small groups, using your dream visions as inspiration, create a collaborative "needs map" for an online job seeking experience.
    • (perhaps the visioning is an individual activity, then participants come together in small groups to share their visions and build a needs map for their small group)
    • Small groups would then share their needs maps back with the larger group (if time permits)
  • This session could possibly be carried out as a community-led approach - send out packages and gather them
    • have same (or smaller number of representative?) participants come together in Session 2

Question: we might want to consider how to get feedback on any synthesis we do from the group(s) between Sessions 1 and 2 (rather than during Session 2).

Co-design Workshop 2


  • Create ideas for solutions that meet particular needs and preferences for job searching


Working in small groups, choose 2 or 3 needs maps and create something that meets those needs.

3 possibilities? I'm seeing these as 3 levels of increasing synthesis on our part between Sessions 1 and 2

  1. IDRC synthesizes small group needs maps into one map. Ask participants to come up with features (prompt with a list?) that would meet those needs
    1. Outcome: list of desired features without much structure/design
    2. Advantage: participants coming up with features themselves based on their own experiences/ideas may lead to more creative solutions
  2. IDRC prepares feature building blocks loosely based on the needs from Session 2. Ask participants to map their needs to features / choose the features they want and begin to put those into a design
    1. Outcome: similar to 1 but with more structure/design
  3. IDRC does a more complete needs to features mapping and brings this to Session 2. Ask participants for feedback on the synthesis, and to put the features into a more complete design
    1. Outcome: rough designs based on features building blocks
    2. Advantage: we get closer to a rough design by the end of the session

  • a version of #1 - needs constellations, or focus on a single prioritised need (or list of needs one at a time) to consider how that need could be met
  • they could pick a need off the map and create something to meet that need (individually), in small groups they could blend these together and then consider what other needs might be met by their collaborative creation


Based on the needs maps from Session 1, come up with initial features (and possibly rough design) for an online job-seeking tool.


  • Share our synthesis with the group
    • Explain our synthesis process, and check with the group for any feedback - does it accurately represent their visions from Session 1?
  • Work in small groups to develop features and/or design (see possible approaches above)
  • Return to large group to share


Once rough mockups are created, hold a crit session to get feedback.

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