Introduction to Labs

Recently, there has been an explosion of interest in a variety of processes, referred to as “labs.” Put very simply, labs are intense meetings of diverse groups of people who are searching for break-through solutions to serious problems. Some labs run over days and others have ongoing gatherings and activities that last for years. Almost all lab processes strive to make space for new, creative collaborations and to stimulate new ideas for change.

If you’re interested in social change, you’ve probably been involved in a process called a lab, or you will be sometime soon. These processes hold a lot of potential and we encourage you to learn more about them to make the most of the opportunities they offer.  We’ve collected some resources that can help you to explore the theory behind lab processes, the intellectual history of labs, some current examples in Canada and elsewhere, and an exciting SiG led project to design a new lab process that can better support social innovation.