Around the world, societies face complex social and environmental challenges that require systems change. We need to work together to develop new, multi-disciplinary approaches and solutions to these challenges. We must build capacity for change, unleash innovative policies and strengthen the changemakers that help drive systems change. New solutions must be co-developed with society, not just for society.
The MaRS Solutions Lab helps make that happen.
Better lives. Stronger society.
The MaRS Solutions Lab develops new solutions to improve the lives of people and strengthen the resilience of society. As a change lab, we bring together governments, corporations, non-governmental organizations, foundations, academia and the greater community to help unravel complex problems from a citizen’s perspective. We collaborate with partners to develop, prototype and scale new solutions, and create learning opportunities for people and organizations to thrive in the 21st century.
We learn by doing it differently, but with the support of many.
The MaRS Solutions Lab was created in the spring of 2013 through a generous gift honouring the remarkable contributions of Dr. John Evans, Chair Emeritus and co-founder of MaRS Discovery District. The Lab is part of a global movement; several other countries are using change or design labs to tackle society’s most intractable problems. For more on change labs, read the MaRS report, Labs: Designing the Future.
We work in partnership with several organizations and individuals, including the Government of Ontario, J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience, among others.
The following core principles guide our work:
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