Social innovation labs are the latest vehicles for systemic change – for disrupting the way our cities, our schools, our welfare programs, even our economic systems run. But how do they really work? It is time to get beyond the hype and properly probe into the practices and underlying theories of social innovation laboratories. To make our assumptions explicit about how labs prompt systemic change. To critique its logic. To ultimately learn how labs could lead to better functioning systems. Which enable people to live ‘better’ lives, both now and in the future.
To make a first step in this learning curve, Kennisland and Hivos (with the support of the SIX network) hosted Lab2: a two-day lab on social innovation labs from the Americas, Europe, Africa, Oceania and Asia. This presentation shares the outcomes and ideas on how to move forward.