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”
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.
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.
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.