About the tool

With the Co-Creation and Keystone Activity Scan, you can identify areas where co-creation is needed or beneficial. This final step of phase 2, is the transition between designing the new value chain, and thinking about how to make the change. With the Co-Creation Scan key areas for co-creation are identified and prioritised. The result of the activity is identification of areas that could benefit from co-creating solutions together with stakeholders and alternative scenarios for keystone activities.

How to apply the tool?

Step 1: Identify areas that could benefit from co-creation
Identify areas where a close collaboration with other stakeholders allows for:

  • Collaborating further – there exists co-dependence for shared value creation, including capturing new types of value
  • Generation of shared savings – increased efficiencies by doing things smarter, increasing profitability/ viability.

Step 2: Identify where these areas take place in relation to the product life cycle

Step 3: Identify whether different ways of working together are possible
These are areas where different scenarios for performing a certain activity are conceivable. How maintenance and repair is performed, for example, may differ depending on the type of maintenance or repair that is needed. Add the main variations to the Co-Creation Scan sheet.

Step 4: Identify areas that are critical for the whole value chain to function
Select – for example through a vote using stickies – the actions that form the basis or foundation of the new value chain. This is an activity without which the rest of the chain would not function, or that needs to be in place for other circular strategies to be added.

Step 5: Discuss the selection
Is it important to detail the different scenarios taking place at one specific point of the product life-cycle? Or are there two or more closely related activities that are vital for the functioning of the circular value chain?

When to apply the tool?

The Co-Creation and Keystone Activity Scan should be used in the second phase of the process to help in defining what the new ecosystem will look like.

The Co-Creation and Keystone Activity Scan is one of the tools presented in the CIRCit project to support various circular value chain configurations, seeking innovation through stakeholder collaboration (WB6).

Read more about the results of this focus area, explore other tools which can help in Collaborating and Networking for a Circular Economy and download the inspiring workbook here.