The Explore & Experiment module is designed to help organizations use experimental approaches, such as implementing an innovation lab, to explore new ways of tackling their challenges. The module’s workshop series will help leadership teams of organizations get clarity on key approaches, such as:
- Exploring complex problems using systems and design research
- Convening & co-creation by engaging stakeholders
- Developing and using prototypes
- Scaling from prototypes & measuring impact
- Building your lab or innovation unit (business model, fundraising)
The informational webinar above on the Explore and Experiment workshop series includes important information on the key concepts which are used during the workshop series. All participants are required to be familiar with this material prior to attending the workshops.
The series comprises of 10 workshops specially designed for organizations or groups who are considering starting a lab or other innovation unit (e.g. within their organization) in the next 12 months or have already established one but want to learn more about the discipline of social innovation labs.
All workshops are online from 12:00 to 2:30 pm (ET). Each workshop will include information on the topic and an opportunity for teams attending the workshop to complete exercises designed to advance their work.
- January 25: Introduction to Labs & Innovation units
- February 8: Understanding the Challenge: Systems Research
- February 22: Understanding the Challenge: Design Research
- March 8: Convening: Engaging Key People
- March 29: Convening: Co-creation
- April 12: Prototyping I
- April 26: Prototyping II
- May 10: Scaling
- May 24: Monitoring, measuring and communicating impact
- June 7: Building Your Lab, Innovation unit, or systems change project
The program has limited space. Teams can choose which team members are participating in each workshop, with a maximum of 5 people per team. Priority will be given to organizations or groups in Canada who would like to take part in the whole series. If there is room left, Innoweave will consider applications from organizations outside Canada or those interested in only the approaches and topics in certain subparts of the series. In exceptional cases, Innoweave will also consider applications from individuals where there is a strong opportunity and desire to get to implementation.
Subpart A: Understanding the Challenge (Workshops 2 and 3)
Organizations which would like to only take part in these workshops are those who are still working to identify a challenge worth exploring through an experimental approach (e.g. a lab). They will attend these workshops as teams and learn about tools that would help them make productive research leading to a challenge description.
Subpart A only applications were accepted until December 15, 2016.
Subpart B: Convening (Workshops 4 and 5)
Organizations which would like to only take part in these workshops are those that have explored their system and defined a challenge that requires the participation of multiple stakeholders (within or outside of the organization). They will attend these workshops as teams and learn about who they should be engaging with and how to facilitate a convening process.
Subpart B only applications were accepted until January 9, 2017.
Subpart C: Prototyping (Workshops 6 and 7)
Organizations which would like to only take part in these workshops are those which have clearly defined a challenge and the key stakeholders that should be engaged. They will attend these workshops as teams and learn about applying prototyping, iteration processes and the culture of innovation.
Apply here to take part in Subpart C only (Due Feb. 13, 2017)
Subpart D: Scaling & Measuring Impact (Workshops 8 and 9)
Organizations which would like to take part in these workshops are already clear on their challenge, key stakeholders and means of testing solutions. They now want to measure the impact of their solutions or scale up successful approaches.
Apply here to take part in Subpart D only (Due Mar. 13, 2017)
Explore and Experiment - Subpart D - Scaling and Measuring Impact - online,