We had to bring the patterns in. Attaching posters, etc., to the walls and windows was not an option, so I thought about other senses and provided sound patterns. I made a Spotify playlist called "Pattern Hunting" and played it during the event. I also recommended to participants that they seek out patterns during the week before and take pictures to have with them. This advice had the effect of a warm-up before the event. A few participants mentioned that they enjoyed being prompted to pay more attention to visual patterns in their surrounding environment. They noticed more than they usually do.
English co-creation emphasizes a desire to communicate, respect for others, and awareness of our interdependence. For this to happen, everyone involved has to feel relaxed and safe. Pattern Hunting encourages awareness of where we put attention and bravery in sharing a small story about how we decided to make the marks that we did. There is a "way of being" that allows for best work to emerge, and part of getting better at English co-creation is learning how best to create and support psychologically safe environments and cultures.
What kinds of spaces and interaction styles help you to do your best work?