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What do we mean by Co-creative space?

Why is it useful?

Co-creative space is especially valuable when people are seriously challenged. It brings people into relationship when they have an urgent need to make something new together. This might be a new team sorting out its vision, the executive developing a new sense of purpose, a project team tackling innovation, a team seeking High Performance and so on. Co-creation demands a higher level of thinking than the day job. Just more of the same will not get different outcomes. Because of this co-creation requires special conditions.

Different kinds of space

Co-creative space is a conflation of different kinds of space. Firstly there is the physical space – ideally away from everything that supports normality. You need somewhere close to nature yet comfortably equipped and well serviced. Given appropriate circumstances you can develop the emotional space that safely contains apprehensions and enables people to “play” together as equals. That in turn will enable them to discover the cognitive space where their diverse experiences and perspectives can interact. Those three kinds of space; physical, emotional and cognitive, conflate to form space for co-creativity where novelty emerges. Of course you need skilled facilitation – someone who understands the psychology of creativity to guide you towards extraordinary outcomes. For them to help you achieve outstanding results they need authentic space for co-creation.

Where can it be found?

You will struggle to find anywhere as good as High Trenhouse, whose special ambience has evolved for over forty years. Generalist hotels and conference venues are unlikely to meet needs that so few people understand. The special quality of co-creative space is well worth the journey and sacrifice and yet it costs little more than your average hotel. Clients enjoy having a place to themselves; comfort without pomp, good food, wonderful seclusion and discreet service. Facilitators rejoice in high levels of support and service responsive to the needs of their programme. It works! Co-creation is more likely and more productive when given ideal conditions.

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