What do we mean by Space for Co-creation?
Co-creative space is where people can come into relationship to make something new together. This is especially valuable when you are seriously challenged – 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 and therefore requires special conditions.
Firstly there is the physical space – ideally away from everything that supports normality – somewhere close to nature but well equipped and well serviced. In such physical space you can then develop the emotional container to enable people to drop their defences and “play” together as equals. Once you feel secure and safe you can discover the cognitive space where diverse experience and perspectives can interact. The three kinds of space conflate as Space for co-creativity where novelty emerges. Of course you need skilled facilitation – someone who understands the psychology of creativity and can guide you towards extraordinary outcomes. For them to work in authentic space for co-creation enables them to achieve outstanding results.
This is the ambience that high Trenhouse has evolved over forty years and which you will struggle to find anywhere else. Hotels and conference venues cannot provide it because it is a specific market niche that few people understand. It makes it worth the journey and the sacrifice and yet it costs little more than your average hotel. Clients enjoy having a place to themselves; comfort without pomp, good food and wonderful seclusion. 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.
Why does ‘exclusive use’ matter?
It may cost a little more but it is certainly worth it.
- You can spread yourselves out, making use of what might otherwise be public space. People can be relaxed about leaving handbags and laptops around or even shedding their shoes.
- You have privacy and security and don’t have to worry who might be listening in or taking a look.
- Your participants are not distracted or tempted by other things going on around you
- You can leave stuff in rooms and expect them to be just where you left them when you need them again.
- You can use spaces according to your requirements and even adapt them to your needs
- Any space can be a working space so work is not confined to specified meeting rooms
- You can flex schedules and mealtimes to suit your programme
- You enjoy private dining at every meal so conversations take place that you otherwise would never have. Meals become part of the process.
- Participants can relax and relate in new ways free from the pressures and risks of working in public space
- They can unwind and reflect deeply in refreshing and creative natural surroundings
- Effectively you have a place of your own that will dance to your tune, enabling your participants to achieve much more than would otherwise be possible
All these factors contribute to your process and its outcomes. You will achieve more than would otherwise be possible – perhaps producing results you hardly dare dream of and could get no other way. Enhanced outcomes and closer relationships while enjoying outstanding hospitality must make it worthwhile to have a place of your own.
At High Trenhouse exclusive use is standard and we believe we have mastered the art of serving clients in such circumstances. Come and see for yourself.