We understand Social Labs as a process inspired by Zaid Hassans understanding of Social Laboratories that follows the U-journey after MIT’s Theory U and integrates diverse methods, tools, practices along the way (check out our toolbox). It’s a format designed to address complex problems like those addressed in the Sustainable Development Goals. Solutions coming out of this process are meant to tackle the root causes of a challenge and have systemic impact, rather than fight symptoms.
Social Labs are platforms for addressing social challenges that are:
Social: bringing together stakeholders from all sectors to represent a diversity of perspectives is key
Experimental: working with prototyping and sustained efforts with the right to fail and try again distinguishes them from a project-based approach
Systemic: the solutions that come out of it are meant to tackle the root causes of the challenge and have systemic impact, rather than fight the symptoms.
Our Social Labs so far