"The Social Innovation Lab at BC has given The Home For Little Wanderers a process to guide our team in its efforts to develop innovations we think will transform the lives of the young people we serve through our Young Adult Resource Network."
—Joan Wallace-Benjamin, president and CEO of the Home for Little Wanderers
Our Social Innovation Lab helps social service organizations apply design thinking to solving social problems. Central to the Lab is a series of fast-paced interactions that result in the development and refinement of a solution prototype.
The Social Innovation Lab is a guided, nine-month learning experience designed to help participating agencies develop innovative solutions to social problems. By the end of the Lab process, the agencies have pilot tested core elements of their social innovation prototype.
Each year, the Center for Social Innovation partners with Social Innovation Teams from social service agencies. The Lab helps the agencies strengthen their capacity for social innovation so that they can continue to engage in social innovation after the Lab experience has been completed.
Participating organizations will:
In 2014, the Center for Social Innovation concluded its international Social Innovation Lab in partnership with Ruta N Medellín, which guided local leaders in addressing pressing social issues in Medellín, Colombia.
Together with Ruta N Medellín and local consulting partners, more than 65 lab participants, representing over 30 organizations, were recruited for participation in the Lab. Counting on team engagement from nonprofits, for- profits, universities, and governmental organizations, the four Lab teams designed solutions to issues related to Housing, Transportation, Overcoming the urban conflict, and Entrepreneurship.
The following is a list of the innovations, which resulted from the Lab: