Martin took some time to think about co-creation before talking about it. You can check it out in full depth by downloading his PhD thesis here.
His research aims at enhancing co-creative Requirements Engineering (RE) processes, and studying whether their application leads to building more sustainable systems - or not. To achieve this goal, we develop a new combined understanding of creativity and sustainability in RE, and then propose and evaluate techniques inspired by the Improvisational Theatre world for better co-creation in RE. Despite a clear focus on RE, we will suggest that many of the observations, analysis and conclusions included in this work may have a broader application than solely for RE.
The thesis is structured in three main parts. In the first part, we explore the objects under study, assessing the current state of the art in creativity and sustainability in RE. We propose an original way for distinguishing different kinds of creativity on RE projects. In the second part, we try to find how to have an impact. The understanding gained during the exploration phase led us to think that creativity in RE was particularly collaborative, and that this collaboration and the active participation of all stakeholders in the design process was a potential strong link between creativity and sustainability. Finally, the last part will describe the work done to apply improv to RE and collaboration in general, as a support for building more sustainable systems. It will also discuss the place of co-creation and improvisation in the collaborative age unfolding right now (the co-revolution mentioned above), and argue this is a unique opportunity to create a more sustainable world.