WHAT is a social innovation lab?

A Social Innovation Lab is a physical and intellectual space designed to encourage and facilitate cooperation and the co-creation of meaningful and innovative solutions to complex problems. It is a semi-autonomous organization that engages diverse participants—on a long-term basis—in open collaboration for the purpose of creating, elaborating, and prototyping radical solutions to pre-identified systemic challenges. 


What happens when we focus less on our endpoint and more on our direction?

What happens when a community embraces failure as a valuable learning tool?

How can we use our size and resources to model new systems and ways of living?


CREATE INNOVATION LABS

breakfast club

Breakfast Club is an open weekly meeting of community change agents, who enjoy a casual outlet to engage in conversation about the future of Central Wisconsin and its position in the larger global economy. Bring either some vision or some breakfast to share.

FRIDAY MORNINGS @ 7:00AM

i2i: identity and inclusivity discussions

i2i explores topics of identity and diversity to find, to build, and to grow in community through shared learning experiences. i2i promotes positive dialogue in hopes of making Portage County a safer and more inclusive community where all people can live out their best identities.

FOURTH TUESDAYS @ 6:00 PM

housing design charrette

HDC is an opportunity to imagine new models of housing in Portage County that will offer smart growth solutions and foster design benefits that support other community goals. HDC is about generating new ideas and adapting best practices to fit the needs of our community. It is about having more tools in the toolbox.

COMING THIS FALL!

 

COMMUNITY EXPERIMENTS

Have a topic in mind? See an opportunity for dialogue and innovation to move our community forward? Email us to get your own social innovation lab started.