Social Innovation Generation (SiG) has an ongoing effort to collect and share resources to help support lab practitioners—such as MaRS Solutions Lab—that are working to create innovative solutions to big complex societal issues.
As we head into 2015, here are just five useful resources for lab practitioners and the lab-curious that crossed the desks of SiG.
This is a video of Christian Bason’s talk (formerly head of MindLab, now leading the Danish Design Center) from a Parsons DESIS Lab event—(New) Public Goods: Labs, Practices, and Publics—in New York in May. The event brought together lab practitioners from around the world, designers, social scientists, researchers and public servants to explore in-depth how lab approaches play out in reality, critically reflect on practice, and discuss next steps. Christian talks about some of MindLab’s projects and about what is at the ‘edge of thinking’ for this emerging field. Also see this post by Sarah Schulman about her reflections from the event.
This is a great blog featuring an overview of a three-day innovation jam workshop in Jakarta that spawned nine new innovation lab projects focused on areas of women’s empowerment. The workshop was led by Aditya Dev Sood and used a compressed version of the Bihar Innovation Lab model. Each of the nine pre-selected groups (out of 81 applicants) were also awarded grants and teamed up with a design student. The post is an inspiring account of the specifics of running innovation workshops that empower and enable non-specialists to create and innovate. The result of this workshop was the start of a lab network in Indonesia!
How Social Innovation Labs Contribute to Transformative Change is part of a blog series on the Rockefeller Foundation’s innovation labs program. This post reflects on a gathering in September with 20 leading lab practitioners from around the world (including Toronto’s own Joeri van den Steenhoven of the MaRS Solutions Lab). While the group was diverse, three themes emerged as being common lab features, which are described further in the post:
Two slide decks you have to check out: (1) Andrea Siodmok of UK’s Policy Lab shares an introduction to their lab; and (2) Philip Colligan of Nesta’s Innovation Lab shares his presentation from the Social iCon global lab gathering that took place in October in Singapore.
Interested in reading more? Head over to the SiG blog to read our full reading list.