Craft Your Lab – An Introduction to Social Innovation Labs

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Do you work with multi-stakeholder networks or face complex societal challenges? Are you frustrated with conventional approaches, and looking for new practices to achieve breakthrough results?

By participating in this immersive learning experience you gain practical knowledge in developing and facilitating social innovation labs. More specifically you will:

  • Learn about different social lab strategies, approaches and models
  • Explore challenges of working with diverse stakeholders, power and stuck systems
  • Explore different open innovation approaches to work with complex systems such as:  the art of hosting generative conversations, the u-process, human-centered design and others;
  • Map your own social innovation eco-system, co-design and prototype a social innovation lab strategy or program
  • Receive a free copy of our co-created book Labcrafthow social labs cultivate change through innovation and experimentation

Join us if you are:

  • A change leader, facilitator or program manager, or an organizational development practitioner or leader interested in using a social innovation lab approach in your context

Organized by: Natural Innovation and the Impact Hub Oakland, sponsored by St. Mary’s College

When: April 4th, 2015
Where: Impact Hub Oakland
Price: $200, Early Bird Discount $150 before March 15th (includes a copy of Labcraft)

More information and registration here

 The Future of Social Innovation Labs for Social Change @ Kennisland in Amsterdam
Friday 27 February, 5-7pm,
Kennisland office, Keizersgracht 174-4,
Amsterdam Netherlands.
Contact person: Marlieke Kieboom
How do social innovation lab methodologies (not?) help to move forward in current societal challenges? How can we better learn from each others practices? Dutch think-tank Kennisland (one of the co-authors of Lab Craft) invites you to critically reflect on and engage with their current work. The evening includes speakers who present findings and challenges from labs about education, elderly care and youth (un)employment in the Netherlands, while in the backdrop knowledge and insights from three Kennisland publications will feauture: ‘Lab Matters’, ‘Lab Craft’ and the new ‘Better Aging in Amsteldorp: How social labs work for a sustainable future of elderly care’. Free cocktails included!
Curious to Kennisland’s work on/with/for labs? Check the following link.

San Francisco Bay-Area Book Launch @ The Impact Hub Oakland

2014-10-14 08.39.30

When: 3 December 7.00-9.30pm – doors open at 6.30pm
Where: Impact Hub Oakland
Fee: $20 online registration, $25 at the door (including a free paperback copy of Labcraft)
Registration: Please register online in advance here
Organized by: Labcraft, Impact Hub Oakland and Natural Innovation

Want to participate in evolving the practice of social innovation labs? Want to join a cutting edge community of local and global social innovation practitioners? Please join us for a highly interactive introduction to the world of social innovation labs, and the launch of Labcraft – a compilation of best practices created through a Book Sprint with global social lab leaders. The evening will feature storytelling, lessons learned and results from SF Bay Area social labs, including:

The evening will be introduced by Hendrik Tiesinga editor and co-author of Labcraft and facilitated by Simone Poutnik, co-founder of Natural Innovation.

Mini Labcraft Book Launch in Paris @ La 27e Région Superpublic Opening 

Meet our Labcraft co-authors Magali Marlin and Anna Lochard from La 27e Région at the opening of Superpublic, and get your own signed copy of the book! Superpublic is a new place dedicated to public sector innovation. Superpublic it’s 300 m2 in the heart of Paris for civil servants, politicians, public leaders, makers, innovators and citizens to come together, work, connect, and talk about transforming the public sector. Official opening is on November 12th with Marylise Lebranchu, Minister for Decentralization and the Civil Service. Come meet the community!

November 12th 2pm start, cocktail at 6pm
– 4 rue la Vacquerie 75 011 Paris
Open event, by-invitation only.
Contact: Magali Marlin –


Stay tuned for more upcoming Labcraft Launch events in Europe!

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