Over the last few years, public and social innovation labs have emerged around the world to provide effective approaches for tackling social challenges. While there are many different varieties of labs, they typically adopt experimental approaches to address particular social and public challenges. They also typically emphasise engaging with diverse stakeholders to bring about systemic change.
Key Questions we are Asking
- Why labs?
- What are they useful for?
- What are labs and how do they work?
- What are the methods and approaches they use?
- What are the challenges and opportunities?
From the beginning of the rise of social labs, SIX has supported and followed the work of social innovation and public sector labs around the world. We brought together like-minded lab practitioners to share learnings and experiences. In xxx we hosted the first global conversation on labs with x,x,x via TelePresence. We then contributed in the first lab gathering in Europe, hosted by Kennislad.
In 2014, the topic of labs became popular again this time, with a growing movement in Asia. We worked closely with our collaborators Mad to host the first Asia lab gathering.
Labs for System Change
The Labs for System Change report is our humble attempt to capture the overwhelming richness of the conversations that took place both within the conference and online via Twitter (we captured over 2,000 tweets over the few days of the event). We hope that the report will also surface some of the most pertinent questions and challenges ... Labs for System Change
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From the beginning of the rise of social labs, SIX has supported and followed the work of social innovation and public sector labs around the world.
The Lab Exchange Series
Lab. A word from the science field, that refers to the controlled conditions in which scientific or technological research, experiments, and measurement may be performed. The idea has since been applied in the social and public sector. There has been a lab movement in Europe and the US for the last ten years, both inside ... The Lab Exchange Series
Insights on the lab movement in Asia
Insights from the Social Lab Symposium 2019 in Hong Kong In this article, we summarise we provide some highlights from the Social Lab Symposium 2019, an event that explored the social labs movement in Asia and what it means to change a system. The social challenges we are facing nowadays are complex. They can no ... Insights on the lab movement in Asia
Labs for Social Innovation
SIX worked with the ESADE Institute for Social Innovation to co-facilitate a Lab on Labs for Social Innovation in Barcelona in June 2017. This workshop was part of a project carried out by the Institute and was supported by the Robert Bosch Foundation and BBVA, and aimed to provide meaningful insights into how to best address the complex societal ... Labs for Social Innovation
Innovation Labs: 10 Defining Features
A closer look at what characterizes an innovation lab can help practitioners, funders, and scholars better understand what labs’ potential and limits might be, as well as better assess the social impact that comes out of the them. Innovation labs, with their aspirations to foster systemic change, have become a mainstay of the social innovation ... Innovation Labs: 10 Defining Features
The Innovation Lab Insight Centre
The innovation Lab Insight Centre is a joint project between The Brisdgespan Group and the Rockefeller Foundation Focussing on Labs for Systems Change, the project brought together a blog and webinar series which shares research, expert insights, and perspectives on how these labs have helped funders and nonprofit organizations create environments conducive to innovation and ... The Innovation Lab Insight Centre
A Lab of Labs
A report from Lab2, and why learning to reflect on our assumptions about how change happens has value, whether or not “lab” is in your title. Just add water. That was chemistry professor Justus von Liebig’s big idea. Mix hot water and powder, and voilà, you have the nutritional equivalent of beef stew. The year ... A Lab of Labs
Labs: Designing the future
Participatory, user-centric approaches to solving problems are gaining momentum as alternatives to traditional organizations. Among these approaches is the innovation Lab, a creative, multi-disciplinary environment that employs a proven and repeatable protocol to seek disruptive, potentially systems-tipping solutions. Labs: Designing the Future, published in 2012, examines the Lab’s roots in complexity, networked collaboration and design ... Labs: Designing the future