Co-Creating is when we consciously interweave our skills and contributions with others for mutual benefit and shared expression.

  • Co-creating means we’re not carrying the sole responsibility.
  • Instead of a single leader getting most of the credit and acclaim, the outcome is honored as the result of the shared intentions and efforts.
  • Co-creating reflects the natural ecosystem where symbiotic relationships lead to better health and lower stress.
  • We-spaces become more sustainable, enjoyable, and thriving when co-creating is conscious and intentional.

From Hierarchy to Ecosystem

Whether it is the CEO or “star of the show,” the model of creativity has often been to highlight and give the award and acclaim to the person “at the top.” Sure, the other contributors might be acknowledged, but the “feel” is everyone else supports the leader (the one who matters “most”).

Co-Creating brings forth a different mindset. Yes, there are roles and responsibilities. The intention is set as people bringing their real skills, energy, insight, and engagement to the endeavor – together.

Biologically rich ecosystems have this. Water, sun, nutrients, bacteria, fungi, insects, plants, animals, and more both contribute and benefit.

From this perspective, families and businesses also have many different co-creative resources they tap into to survive and thrive. Indeed, co-creating is actually what is happening everywhere! We believe making it conscious and intentional brings more inclusion and empowerment to every being involved.

Co-Creating at Its Finest

For someone to teach, there must be students. The doctor needs patients. The author needs readers. The farmer needs hungry folks.

We are absolutely in this together. Even the most fiercely “independent” people are delusional if they think they are doing it “on their own.” Our interdependence is not a weakness; it’s a gift.

Co-Creating at its finest recognizes each person’s contributions. Our essential human needs include a need to contribute to others, support and be supported, love and be loved… to accept and be accepted.

For our thriving, we can pierce the notion that having needs is “a sign of weakness” and meeting needs is a “burden.” Our gifts and gaps are meant to interweave, activate us, and bring forth possibilities from growth and delight that we can pursue together.

Useful Questions

  • Who is co-creating with me?
  • What needs are we meeting for each other?
  • How might this we-space be restructured to be more inclusive and empowering for everyone touched by it?
  • How might I be resisting being a conscious co-creator? Do I feel I’d lose power? Authority? Status?


Related Concepts

We-Space, Interdependence, Right Distance Right Depth, Better Boundaries

Contributors: @Rick

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