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Participatory Design and Facilitation (Online Short Course)

Participatory Design and Facilitation (Online Short Course)

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Lara Salinas


A course based on design sprints to learn how to plan co-design workshops and facilitate design thinking sessions for mixed audiences. When developing a new product-service, initiating a new research project or engaging a community in decision making, a rich contribution of all the stakeholders is crucially valuable. This course is a guide to the complex mix of skills necessary to make participatory experiences enjoyable and productive.

Course level - Beginner / Intermediate

Who is the course aimed at?
Design consultants, project managers, facilitators, civic servants, service designers, design researcher

What will I take away from the course?
The necessary elements to implement a co-design workshop, from its inception to its execution as well the necessary stages to document and synthesise outcomes. An open and adaptable process to generate highly empathic learning flows in participatory process.

What are the key topics the course will cover?

  • How individual and collective creativity works
  • How to activate a creative and collaborative mindset in workshop participants
  • How to set the space for workshops
  • What graphic facilitation is and how to use it
  • How to communicate, document and report a workshop

What will the students learn/ achieve?

  • You will learn how to independently plan all the aspects of a design thinking workshop
  • Acquire the necessary skills to facilitate a workshop
  • Coordinate a series of workshops that fit within a complex participatory design

This course will include:

  • Design thinking workshops
  • Design sprints
  • Project work

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Please note that Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Tutor Description

Dr. Lara Salinas is a Lecturer in the Design School at London College of Communication, teaching on the MA Service Experience Design and Innovation course, and a Senior Research Fellow in Knowledge Exchange at University of the Arts London.

Lara is a practitioner and researcher with an interdisciplinary background in digital culture. In her PhD she examined the production of physical-digital hybrid spaces through the design of new products, experiences and services, in collaborative action research projects with pioneering companies, local authorities and academic thinkers.

Lara’s research interests include designing for services, design thinking and doing, and participatory design. Her expertise extends to facilitating participatory design and knowledge exchange with academia; creative industries and public sector organisations; to prototype innovative human-centered service solutions.


There is no specific materials list for this course.

Recommended Reading

  • From the Front of the Room, Notes on Facilitation for Experienced Practitioners by Dan Newman
  • The Art of Facilitation: The Essentials for Leading Great Meetings and Creating Group Synergy by Dale Hunter

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