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innovation lab

Innovation Lab builds resilient networks that unite various actors and encourage a plurality of methods, perspectives, and skills, allowing for agile, engaged, inclusive, and responsible research and development.

Today, the industrial economic system negatively affects humanity’s safe space (in terms of climate, air, water, and soil). Therefore, only the design of new socio-economic systems can truly transition towards sustainable, thriving communities and ecosystems.

Global challenges manifest themselves in various ways in local communities. Hence, solutions should also be developed at a local level while remaining connected to the global agenda – as embodied, for instance, in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

A global challenge that manifests at the local level is qualified as “GLOCAL”

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SYSTEM INNOVATION
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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
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GOOD GOVERNANCE
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PARTICIPATORY DESIGN
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open collaboration

a distributed development model in which partners collaborate on single solution applications or develop mini-projects that are assembled for a final solution buildout

competence cells

Innovation Lab aims at fostering a transition towards regenerative systems. Or, more specifically, towards responsible co-production. Indeed, the Lab has a unique vision of co-creation; an evolutionary process capable of bringing together all system actors to reinvent new ways of doing R&D. To foster this transition, we set up competence cells. A competence cell is an organizational unit, either new or part of an existing organization, whose ultimate mission is to foster transition to sustainability. Ideally, they are at the junction of science, policy, the business sector, and civil society and together form a fungible network. 

TRANSITION

Offering spaces for nontraditional knowledge and innovation actors to engage with science, technology, and innovation

INCEPTION

Launching new models to describe cell's architecture and its networks of partners, enabling them to deliver activities in an economically viable way to fulfill the cell's mission

ACCELERATION

Launching new models to describe cell's architecture and its networks of partners, enabling them to deliver activities in an economically viable way to fulfill the cell's mission

INNOVATION

Designing new practices, technologies, business models, methodologies, or policy instruments needed for transition

COOPERATION

Delivering results to satisfy the needs of cell's collaborators and partners for autonomy, competence, and a sense of positive impact

EVALUATION

Collaborating with other societal, commons-oriented actors, cell's evaluation will allow for iterative experimentation, feedback, and adaptation. It will monitor whether R&D projects foster sustainable development and generative co-evolution

Workshops

A five-course action results in one (or several) projects addressing a glocal challenge, directly or indirectly related to the Goals. This process is based upon a framework called MISC (Mapping Innovations on the Sustainability Curve), and each course corresponds to one of the five steps of the method. Innovation Lab provides guidelines and a toolbox and sets up workshops with actors from social mapping in a given context.

Integration Workshop 1
Innovation Workshop 1
Genesis Workshop System Innovation 1
System Workshop
System Workshop

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Public Sector

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perspective

Innovation Lab serves as an interdisciplinary hub to test new ideas with governments, institutions, and communities worldwide.

We identify, examine, and accelerate the development of new tools with evidence of social impact, sustainable financing, and open access. We also increase the adoption of high-impact ideas and solutions through the effective use of open innovation methods. Innovation lab brings together an unusual bunch of participants, cutting across industries, professions, and cultures, fuel collaborative innovation, and accomplish its goals.

The most effective technologies are tools for human collaboration. The personal computer, mobile devices, the Internet – all are connective technologies that actively engage us and facilitate our coordination. They gave us the modern computer revolution.

Some forget this and now think the future for technology is inevitably in automated systems built to manipulate or replace humans. Nevertheless, this is a confused and dystopian view of technology's role in society.

For our digital systems to succeed, they must work for people. The focus needs to be on the human experience.

Technology is never successful or "right" in some abstract sense, but it can support many different people. The benefits are justified and made understandable to people on their terms.

Bottom-up pathways for discussion and resolution between those in charge of systems and those who bear the risks of living under them are critical for bridging the divide between technology and society.

The greatest uses of technology empower us to create whatever we choose to imagine. To reuse technology in unpredictable ways to the designer but adaptive to their contexts, much like, say, programming languages. In turn, designers can refine their underlying parameters and assumptions to address broader considerations.

Reusability lets people determine for themselves whether and how to use technology, protecting human agency over the forces that shape our lives and livelihoods.

The modern world is multidisciplinary. There are many complementary ways of thinking and beliefs about what is essential. We need technical expertise, be it in policy or engineering. We need attention to how people live, which is the focus of community organizers and human-centered designers. We need the project managers and politicians who lead broad public discourse as neutral coordinators, orchestrators, and synthesizers of the other disciplines. Every discipline may have rigorous internal standards, but ultimately they must also work with and be accountable to other fields' standards.
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