What are Solutions Labs?
A “Lab” in this context is an end-to-end process of exploring a challenge, proposing solutions, and experimenting with those ideas to see what works.
In our sphere of work, a lab is a process of researching and conducting experiments on social challenges:
- How can we end human trafficking?
- How do we transition our supply sustainable society?
- How do we ensure all Canadians have access to affordable housing?
- What do we need to do across the supply chain to be fit for the future?
Our Lab Philosophy
We bring a Lab Philosophy of whole-system representation, user-centred design, and solutions ownership to our lab designs.
Whole-System Representation: to find solutions that work in a system, that entire system needs to be somehow represented in the room. We map the system you are working in to see who needs to be engaged.
User-Centred Design: Solutions must centre around the experience of the person who is going to be using it / impacted by it.
Solutions Ownership: When we come up with solutions, the people or organizations that would play a key role in making it happen – must be in the room. Without their buy-in early on, the actual implementation doesn’t generally happen.
Sample Lab Process:
Housing Through an Autism Lens
Family Homeless Lab