Master class in action


We run classes to build capability in Social Design. Some classes we have run in the past have been about co-design delivered by Liz Sanders, introduction to design research, introduction to theory of change and systems thinking.

Get in touch if you would like to request a Masterclass for your organisation, you would like to teach a class with us or if you are hanging to learn more about a topic related to design and social outcomes!


Strength Based Co-Design

In this workshop we will look at two complementary participatory practices, Asset Based Community Development and Co-design.

Often, we tend to base ideas for improvement on what is not working, but an Asset-Based approach allows us to identify individual, community, organisational and stakeholder strengths and assets so that we can create strong, sustainable communities by building on what works already. Co-design as a human-centred approach, helps us to understand people’s life context, and with its focus on prototyping can help us collectively come up with solutions that work for everyone involved. These practices support people to participate in the design process, so that solutions create value for most, even those hard to hear voices.

You will hear about some case-studies about how these practices have been applied in community projects, as well as learn a few tools you can use for gaining a better understanding of existing community strengths and opportunities for change.



We were extremely privileged to have Liz Sanders hold some Masterclasses for us. Here is a video of Liz’s presentation for the Introduction to Co-design class. A 2 day advanced class was also held.


About Liz

Liz Sanders is a professor, author and the founder of MakeTools, a company that explores new spaces in the emerging design  landscapes. She is a visionary in pre-design research, having introduced many of the tools, techniques and  methods being used today to drive and/or inspire design from a human-centered perspective. Liz has practiced co-designing across all the design disciplines. Her current focus is on bringing participatory, human-centered  design thinking and co-creation practices to the challenges we face for the future. Liz speaks about and offers learning experiences in human-centered design research and innovation for clients, colleagues and students around the world.