Passion-based Co-creation

Tua Björklund (Editor), Miko Laakso (Editor), Senni Kirjavainen (Editor), Kalevi Ekman (Editor)

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As our world is getting evermore interconnected and entwined across professional, organizational and national boundaries, challenges rarely fall neatly into the realm of single functions, departments or disciplines any more. While it is uncertain what the world will look like in a few decades, and many of the needed skills and approaches are unknown, we do know we need a way of creating the future together. Counting on a few heroic innovation champions will not suffice in transforming our organizations.

Passion-based co-creation describes the approach to tackling these issues that has led to the creation of Aalto Design Factory and the Global Design Factory Network of 20 co-creation platforms around the globe. Our approach, in a nutshell, is a way of creating something new together, sprinkled with a hefty dose of intrinsic motivation. Sound too hype-y? Worry not, we aren’t preaching the adoption of yet another ‘’perfect’ tool, licensed process, or turnkey solution. Rather, we want to share some principles we have found effective, offer a look into the scientific backbone of our approach, and provide tangible examples on how to bring the mindset and ways of working into your organization. Mix, match, and adapt these elements to create your own personalized stack of building blocks for passion-based co-creation in your unique context.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHelsinki
PublisherAalto University
Number of pages251
ISBN (Electronic)978-952-60-3741-7
ISBN (Print)978-952-60-3740-0
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeD6 Edited professional books


  • co-creation
  • collaboration
  • development
  • design
  • experimentation
  • prototyping
  • practices


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