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Howspace design principles

Howspace was developed according to five design principles, and these principles continue to govern all platform developments.

The principles that power our platform

Designed by facilitators for facilitators

Howspace was founded by consultants who wanted to support and scale their own facilitation work as well as help other facilitators, consultants, trainers, and leaders to do the same. While the Howspace platform has evolved over the years, the core idea has stayed the same: as a Howspace user, you can design your own way of facilitating collaboration.

Grounded in the systemic approach

The design principles are not just about the platform—they also exist in the context of the systemic approach. The systemic approach is a holistic way of thinking and viewing the world focusing on relationships and recognizing that individuals are always embedded in their social context. It aims to approach complex systems as a whole without taking them apart to details.

Applicable in your own work

All Howpace users—whether you’re a participant, a collaboration designer, or a leader—benefit from the Howspace design principles in different ways. By keeping these principles top of mind in all your processes, you’ll be better able to design collaboration that makes an impact.

What are the Howspace design principles?

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Simple

Build intuitive virtual environments that participants can jump into right away—no training required.

Easily drag and drop the building blocks of your workspace—Howspace is easier to use than PowerPoint. Participants can jump in immediately without any log-in process, installation, or navigation. It’s simple for everyone to feel heard, get feedback on their ideas, listen to others, and access information.

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Noiseless

Cut out the noise and hide anything that’s not relevant for participants at the moment so they can trust that they’re in the right place, focusing only on what's most important.

Howspace is designed in a way that you don’t see anything that’s not necessary in the moment. When you have one topic to address in one workspace, and only the right people are invited, everyone gains clarity and focus. Hide anything that’s not relevant right now, and show and schedule pages and sections only when it makes sense. 

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Contextual

Context creates meaning. Build the context for collaboration and empower everyone to work together. 

Working together is impossible if we don’t have a coordinated understanding of the context of our collaboration. In Howspace, one workspace is one context, whether it’s a change process, event, course, community, or anything else. When the context is clear, everyone is aware of the goals, who’s joining the journey, and the ways of working.

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Workflow-based

Ensure the tools you use are flexible enough to adapt to your ways of working. Build your own processes and use tools to move change forward. 

You know best how to facilitate the collaboration process so that things move ahead smoothly and generate a feeling of togetherness, and we don’t want to get in your way. We simply want to give you the platform to make it happen. Design your processes according to your own ways of working, and what kind of groups you want to invite to certain phases of a project.

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Facilitator-led

Design collaboration and guide participants along a shared journey. Take a not-knowing position and create a safe environment for participation.

Get the analytics, reminders, scheduling possibilities, and transparency you need to effectively design and lead collaboration. Invite participants to take part in discussions to ensure they know when their input is needed and that everyone’s voice is heard.