Co-Creation using the game Our Move

Building co-creation in the process – A board game method that visualizes issues, creates dialogue and insights.


   MDH Living Lab consist of a collaboration between the university, external organizations and society. Through interdisciplinary work we conduct research that involves users (primarily within organizations) in various stages of design and innovation processes. Together we define problems, realize and evaluate, in iterative loops. Co-creation is a skill that has to be learned and developed, therefor we use the board game Our Move, developed by artist Andrea Hvistendahl, that is designed for dialogue, reflection and problem solving. It was originally commissioned for a series of participatory exhibitions in Sweden. “The key idea of this art-piece [Our Move] is to stimulate the players to reflect on [–] group association in different situations or scenarios. A change of scenarios alters the game.” 

   Florin U. et al. (2016), Collaboration for the Improvement of Tolerance: Artistic Practice in a Societal Context, Intern. Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in The Arts.


   The aim of this workshop is to elucidate and problematize the process of co-creation. At MDH Our Move is used in educational settings. When building a co-creation project, rolls can be unclear, which can hinder the full potential of co-creation. This concerns in particular undergraduate student projects. MDH Living Lab has therefor initiated a strategy that all students should have theoretical and practical knowledge in co-creation. 

Our Move is used to: 

• explore different roles that could occur in co-creation

 • make issues more concrete by showing the different steps in the process

 • visually map out complex systems and structures 

• build prerequisites to solve problems 

• involve and create understanding for different users and stakeholders 

• create dialogue and trust


   The participants will gain insights in the potential of co-creation as well as insights on a chosen topic. The process visualises the role of different stakeholder and their competences. 

   In the game the participants are able to visualize different steps in a process, facilitating the possibilities to identify, examine, and understand the benefit of different experiences and how they relate to each other. Our move also displays the participants’ shared knowledge and offers space for different types of knowledge, experience and emotions to come in play co-creation projects. 

  The workshop will invite the participant to challenge their understanding and to reflect on possibilities and obstacles of co-creation on individual and collective levels.


   Together the participants decide on co-creation project and the relevant stakeholders. They then “hands-on” place / build and map out the situation with a number of different symbolic pawns/pieces across the game board. The participants need to agree on how each piece is to be placed. Our Move encourages in this way the different participants to explain how they individually interpret the meaning and combination of the different symbolic pawns which results in creative dialogues and breaks down the bigger issue into many small steps to examine. 

   The process visualises the different resources, shortcomings and relationships of the different chosen stakeholders and displays the participants’ shared knowledge. The design has an openness that is less definite than words, (there is no definite right or wrong) but at the same time it can be more accurate and provide space for multiple layers and truths, as in reality. Additionally, each completed board game is a unique piece of art of a sort.

Workshop Facilitators

Yvonne Eriksson


Ulrika Florin

Senior Lecturer

Andrea Hvistendahl

Visual Artist