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Lab Notes - November 2015 Edition

Published Date: 3 November 2015

This month’s key lab picks: 

#1. Read about the people-powered fight for affordable housing for São Paulo’s poorest in this CityLab interview with Alfonso Silva of Brazil’s Homeless Workers’ Movement.

#2. Save the dates: more upcoming international LabWorks events in March and November, 2016. Find out more here.

#3. A car wash enterprise self-managed by youths is being used to tackle chronic youth unemployment in Hawassa, Ethiopia. Find out about the Projects for Peace initiative here.

#4. In this Lab Notes special, we hear from Lene Nygaard of the Municipality of Odense on her work with MindLab co-designing time-saving strategies for teachers.

#5. Innovation is key to widening access to renewable energy. This article in The Guardian considers nine ideas to spark innovation in the energy sector.

#6. The World Bank Group and SVRI launched a challenge prize for innovations that prevent gender-based violence, which affects more than one in three women worldwide. More here.

#7. Effective urban innovation teams have the right amount of executive buy-in, but this piece in The Governing asks what happens when political leadership changes?

#8. Labs research: With insights from her year-long fellowship at the Policy Lab,  Lucy Kimbell’s report is out. Ben Williamson has also published a working paper on #psilabs.

#9. Managing participatory budgeting processes can be challenging. This new Evaluation Toolkit by Public Agenda aims to make the process easier.

#10. From leveraging funds for community projects in Plymouth, to assisting thehumanitarian crisis in Syria, these short articles demonstrate the wide-ranging applications of crowdfunding for government at all levels.

#11. Cities like Barcelona and Long Beach are taking an open, challenge-based approach to procurement to spur innovation. Learn more in this GCN feature.

#12. ‘Reverse Engineering in Public Sector Innovation’ event hosted by Service Lab and the UNDP in Tbilisi, Georgia, December 3-4, 2015. Sessions will focus on high-priority public sector policy issues in Georgia. For more information please email