WHAT WE STAND FOR
Incubated inside an NHS provider trust in 2013, We Coproduce is a unique social consultancy trading as a social enterprise.
We create genuine partnerships between health care systems and local people.
For We Coproduce, coproduction is about developing effective, accountable and transparent institutions and ensuring responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision making at all levels (United Nations, 2018).
We hope to create emancipatory and transformative relationships between people, communities and health care systems using coproduction principles, innovation and the arts.
We see things a little differently
Our network is built of people who have lived experience of health and social care systems, either personally, as carers or frontline NHS workforce. Our collaborators may have spent time in hospitals, prisons, forensic units, care homes and women's refuges as well as work as peers, academics, activists, poets, economists and visionaries. What unites us is our belief that together we can and must change the world.
We Coproduce uses our profit to deliver opportunities for communities to learn and grow together, keeping people connected, nurturing resilience.
We believe we can dream our way out of stuck.
We are inspired by people, by stories, by music, art and philosophy - as well as academic data. To feed our dreams, we debate the work of thinkers like Walter Benjamin, Guy Debord and Bertolt Brecht, (we attempt to disseminate Foucault's work on power relations and Bloch’s work on hope).
We are curious about the potential of art to change society, we ponder the power of Situationists and read up on Joseph Beuys. We are also inspired by great singer-song writers, from The Sex Pistols, The Clash to TuPac, Bob Marley, Nina Simone, Bob Dylan - and start our day with a blast of music.
Why? Because it’s difficult to think outside the problem if you only reference material produced inside of it.
We are curious about 'problems.
We ask why... and why not. We ask who is in the room and who is not. When presented with a 'problem' by professionals or academics we start by reframing it locally until we are sure it's right. Problems are not always what they appear and agendas are often played out through the types of problems that society creates.
Because Edison didn't invent the lightbulb by tinkering with a candle. Because if you keep doing what you do you get the same results. That’s what got us here.
We have learnt to thrive in uncertainty, embracing it as an opportunity to create the world we want.