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There’s a field out there where beliefs do not divide
There’s a field out there where we can view all sides
There’s a field out there where love’s our only guide
Come o come, meet me there.

- Adapted from Rumi by RBS


The simplest most and most direct definition of Cocreation, from the World Cafe:

"Team members create new points of view through dialogue and discussion. They pool their information and examine it from various angles. Eventually, they integrate their diverse individual perspectives into a new collective perspective."

~ Nanoka, The Knowledge Creating Company (book on Japanese business practices, 1995, https://goo.gl/Zwe45q )


Thanks to the Co-creation Initiative for these following excellent presentations and definitions.

The CCI is a remarkable resource for this work. https://www.cocreation.world/

Resonant Co-creation

Resonant co-creation is process that can drive strategic innovation by integrating best practices from the disciplines of human-centered design and organizational transformation.

In resonant co-creation, the transformation of worldview—the combination of beliefs, attitudes, and values that structure experience—generates new conceptual and interrelational space among participants conducive to strategic innovation.

The quality of results produced by any system depends on the quality of awareness from which people in the system operate. The formula for a successful change process is not "form follows function," but "form follows consciousness" -The Presencing Institute


The choice of the term "resonant" stems from Marilyn Schlitz et al.'s model of the five developmental levels of social consciousness (2010). Resonant consciousness is an expanded awareness that leads to prosocial experiences and behaviors, "in which people report a sense of essential interrelatedness with others – a field of shared experience and emergence that is felt and expressed in social groups" (Schlitz et al., 2010, p. 23). Resonant consciousness requires shared attention, good feelings (such as trust and empathy), and synchrony (Tickle-Degnan & Rosenthal, 1990), all of which are essential skills integral to the co-creative mindset.

Resonant co-creation rests on a particular perspective on human consciousness. It accepts first that human consciousness is not an accurate perception of reality, but rather is a filter conditioned by biology and human experience. "Most of us think that what we perceive is the whole story, ‘reality’ unmitigated. It screens, deciding which perceptions are significant and which are useful to the task at hand. It’s only when we realize this and intentionally open ourselves to the wider picture that we begin to actively focus our attention." (Mandl 2013, p. 10). That wider picture is an intersubjective, interintentional space. David Bohm, from whom many schools of dialogue derive, said:

Genuine judgments should come out of an act of perception rather than out of a reflex. But this will not be possible unless the reflexes of thought and feeling are suspended. Because the reflexes are so habitual, however, it is very hard to be aware that they are acting. Such awareness requires serious attention.
Bohm summarizes a core principle of resonant co-creation – the suspension of reflexive, conditioned thought and being present, or mindful, to the dynamics of the entire space. This requires setting aside the personal ego and its motivations temporarily and developing an awareness that can be described as an expansion of consciousness. Thus, although it builds upon the received notion of co-creation, and in fact it can occur in the very same activities, resonant co-creation requires that the people involved have keen observation skills, empathy, and mindfulness.

A master concept

Cocreation can be understood as a "master concept" containing and illuminating many other concepts.

This principle itself becomes a "spiritual revolution" because it is 100% integrative, and can be confirmed by scholars to be intimately consistent with the fundamental principles of most or all major world religions and spiritual teachings.

When cocreation is based on trust and mutual respect, we could say it becomes sacred. It emerges because of the honor and virtue of the people entering in to the creative process.

Synthesize and unify a body of shared principles -- linked and worded in ways which are acceptable by any participating facilitator or co-creator

The law of cocreation

The sense is -- this idea or notion or concept is the essence of "the law". This is "the right way to do things". Proceed under caution, "proceed under cocreation"

In some way we need to clarify -- this is the essential concept of the law -- of relationships -- of "all my relations"

This is absolute respect for everything under the alignment -- all at once. It is absolute respect for the whole....