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#Labso Leaflet English v1.2

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Leaflet presenting the #Labso (Laboratory of Social Technologies) for identifying, amplifying and refracting participants' strengths by leveraging their social network.

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#Labso Leaflet English v1.2

  1. 1. Laboratory of Social Technologies “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead For more information, please contact Nicolas STAMPF or Alexis NICOLAS Nicolas.Stampf@labso.org alexis8nicolas@yahoo.com Creative Commons License The Laboratory of Social Technologies by Alexis Nicolas and Nicolas Stampf, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Images © GapingVoid.com QUAD v1.1 EN
  2. 2. Presentation A Laboratory of Social Technology (#Labso) is a place of individual transformation. We come with our own resources, strengths, questions and experience to benefit from the power of social technologies and use collective intelligence to co-create solutions. In a Labso, everybody’s a student and teacher at the same time; a facilitator is present to allow the collective to express all its potential. Instead of transferring knowledge, a Labso allows to : Connect the diversity of individual experiences; Select the most relevant ones with respect to the issue under consideration; Co-Create solutions adapted to each participants; Reflect on our own strengths, alone or in group. Fablab of social technologies The name of the Labso is inspired by the fablab movement that provides places to collectively create technology-based products. Openness is what characterizes fablabs. Labsos promote this openness by releasing all its sources and social networking based facilitation techniques (under a “Free Culture” type of license). Leveraging Legacy The Labso is based on strength-based approaches to change such as Appreciative Inquiry and Solution Focus aimed at identifying the best in participants to co- construct a more attractive vision of the future and, from that vision, find what’s already happening to do more of it. Its organization is derived from Positive Deviance as far as discovery and co-creation is concerned.
  3. 3. A generative approach This table compares classical education and training with that of the Labso. The added value of a Labso resides in: Peer-based co-construction Peer-based prediction of success Social networking Collective challenge Mutual support Experiential learning Typical operations A typical Labso session goes through four main steps 1. Connect: connect participants between each other and reveal all their ideas and experiences on the chosen theme for the Labso. 2. Select: inquire into participants’ stories and their successes and personal strengths with respect to the theme. Select which ones are to be further investigated and transformed in pair work. Experiment in the protected space of the laboratory. 3. Effect: experiment one’s own ideas in the real life, outside the lab, in small groups. These groups are made of people who share a relation and common goal. Each member’s action allow the group to encourage itself, learn together and co- construct innovative solutions to face today’s complexity of the world. 4. Reflect together, share and anchor learnings out of experiences. Classical Labso Focused on pre- existing knowledge Focused on co- creation Knowledge is objective Knwoledge is subjective Structured analysis and controlled framework Generative approach Planned solutions Emerging solutions Directed Facilitated/coordin ated Negative feelings, logic Positive energy, relations
  4. 4. Use cases A Labso can be adapted to four typical usages: 1. Internal Topical sessions 2. Shared Topical sessions 3. Internal Open sessions 4. Shared Open sessions Internal topical sessions Faced with a specific problem, you want to leverage your employees’ potential through a Labso. In this configuration, a Labso is organized inside your premises. Participants, all from the same organization, will co-construct their own solutions to the issue they bring in the lab, and experiment in its protected space before replicating for real inside your organization. Examples: “training” on how to use social networks, management of complexity. Length: 2 to 3 sessions of 2 to 4 hours, depending on topics. Shared Topical sessions Once your leaders have been identified, you want to appreciate and develop their talents in a lab external to your organization to benefit from the richness of exchanges with other cultures. The topic is defined in advance and the Labso facilitators will prepare the sessions to ensure each participant will benefit from the rich diversity of others to construct his/her own answer to the issue specific to her own context. Examples: develop a “2.0 management culture”, delegate to well informed employees, delegate using social and network tools. Internal Open sessions In this mode the Labso, facilitated in your own premises, is a regular meeting place where the participants’ strengths are put in common in service of collective intelligence in order to create a safe environment to liberate your organization potential for innovation. Recommended periodicity: ½ day / month. Shared Open session In this mode, you offer your collaborators an unlimited access to a shared laboratory where they’ll enrich themselves out of the exchanges with other participants from other cultures and domains. Recommended periodicity: ½ day / month.

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