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Social Lab Training: Catalyst Lab Module 3.1

  • Zürich Zürich Switzerland (map)

Module III.I

Guiding Question:

“How do we develop powerful and innovative strategic responses to complex challenges by connecting and activating the wisdom of unlikely allies?”

What will happen:
This 1-day training is an introduction to the key contents and aspects of a Social Lab process (originally coined by Zaid Hassan), in particular by:

  • Learning what a Social Labs offers as an inclusive, creative and innovative approaches to complex issues

  • Understanding the basics around when and how to get a Social Lab off the ground and applying it to real-world challenges

  • Based on the theory and real-life examples of the Social Labs run by collaboratio helvetica, make a first draft of a Lab process for your context or topic of interest

  • Identify the most common obstacles and pitfalls in setting up a Social Lab and develop your possible next steps

This training will be held with max. 40 participants in a location that is well accessible with public transport in Zurich. Exact location to be confirmed. On the same evening the cohort and additional module visitors will transfer together to Wirkstatt Auboden for the remaining two days of this retreat.

Course fee for the 1- training (incl. tea break and snacks - excl. accommodation and food) :
CHF 600.- for organisations
CHF 400.- for individuals
CHF 300.- for explorers

Our approach:
We us an experience-based and interactive retreat format with program parts both inside and outside and sessions that take part in the big group, in small groups and in solo format. Find our toolbox here.
The core methods used are:

  • Theory U from Otto Scharmer, Presencing Institute & MIT;

  • Art of Hosting;

  • the Social Lab approach by Zaid Hassan as well as ;

  • topic- and/or group relevant innovation and change methods.

For whom:
People who feel called to or are working towards a meaningful contribution to societal transformation in business, civil society, public administration, academia or any other field. People of all ages, gender, backgrounds and origins are welcome. People who dare to stretch their comfort zones, reflect on their assumptions and beliefs and are ready to work both on a personal as well as on a systemic level.

For more information on the Catalyst Lab, please visit here.