Looking to learn more about how to run social labs? You’re in the right place! Check out the social labs courses that we currently have scheduled.
Course: How To Solve Complex Challanges
How is it structured?
Over three days participants will deepen their understanding of both the strategic and the tactical aspects of setting up social labs. This will include framing the business case for labs, setting the challenge, the relationship of scale to the overall strategy of the lab, practical details on the design of social labs, what a “minimal viable social lab” looks like, and more.
At the end of three days, participants will leave with a clear idea of what it takes to design a social lab and how to go about this task. The course consists of a combination of small group and plenary work, with many opportunities for peer learning. Participants will work in small groups to apply learning to their own challenges.
Who is this for?
You are responsible for coming up with a strategic response to a challenge as complex as sustainability, youth unemployment or any problem requiring a creative, innovative response. This course is particularly suited to teams who are seeking a strategy for addressing a real-world problem that they are either currently working on, or beginning to work on.
Social Labs Courses
We are currently establishing the next batch of Workshop dates around the world.
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We’re also aiming to host courses in the following locations in 2017, contact us for more info:
- Jordan – TBC
- Mexico – TBC
- Kenya – TBC
- Sweden – TBC
If you’re interested in making a workshop happen in your location, please get in touch via this form, and we’ll be in touch soon!
What people are saying about the course:
“Completely rewired how I think about change ”
– Cheryl Hughes, Senior Director Of Strategic Initiatives, Chicago Community Trust
“I highly recommend others take the course to learn more about the “nuts and bolts” of a lab. en, take those nuts and bolts and go build with them a lab that is aligned with who you are as a person and your passion. Make sure to invite others to play with you. It makes the process more fun.”
— Andres Marquez-Lara, Founder of Promethean Community
“There is a third option: Do better!
Over and over, I have been struck by how much my non-profit clients invest in strategic planning, but rarely utilize plans to transform the problems they are tackling. I was on the hunt to grow my toolkit to provide clients with a more meaningful and actionable approach to the big challenges they deal with – youth homelessness, quality education, community violence, financial security, gender equity. The Social Labs Masterclass delivered!
This Masterclass raises the bar on the work we undertake in the social sector. We can mobilize the passion of social sector leaders with an approach to quit status quo efforts and start doing better. I have been able to implement the social labs methods immediately, and I see clients excited about this approach. Even calling out the fact that we live in the complex environment itself – obvious but often obscured in traditional planning efforts – has helped my clients act more intentionally in their work.
The creative and strategic thinking, open discussion, and jargon-free 3 days were the best I’ve had in a long time! One last note – as an independent consultant, I am mindful about how I invest my time and dollars into professional development. This was worth every dollar and minute away from my clients – without a doubt.”
– Bina M Patel, President and Founder of Saathi Impact
“As a doctoral student interested in “making the world a better place,” I’m often overwhelmed by the complexity and magnitude of social problems at any scale, local, regional, or global. There are too many moving parts and so many different players that are both part of the problem and the solution.
In just three days, this Masterclass gave me hope that even the most complex problems can be addressed with a straightforward, step-by-step approach. It is by no means easy, but then again it’s impossible to address complex challenges with minimal effort. The process of social labs is a completely different way to view social challenges. It allows a more thorough understanding of the problem, a closer alignment of the people required to address the challenge, and greater creativity in coming up with solutions, which are three crucial elements that are missed or quickly glossed over in traditional efforts.
What I valued the most was the practicality of the approach and of the workshop. Very down-to-earth and hands-on, and yet its impact went beyond the realm of social challenges and impacted the way I view and live my life. I would recommend this workshop to anyone who is even remotely worried about the current and future state of our world. We are all part of our world’s problems and can most definitely be part of the solutions.”
– Ximena Vidal De Col, Workshop Participant