You are somewhere. As much as a university can feel like a bubble – your corner of it even more so – you are part of a bigger world. You are also in a place where the most cutting edge ideas in that world are being developed, though it often feels like those ideas rarely move outside Ring Road. However, that bigger world is a place that needs your ideas and needs different perspectives to help solve its most intractable problems.
In my talk we’ll be spending a bit of time looking at one set of tools we’ve been developing at the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR) called the “Social Innovation Lab”. We are still experimenting with it internationally, nationally and locally, but overall the idea is to bring together researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds, stakeholders from different organizations and sectors, and the people who are impacted by complex social-ecological challenges to identify leverage points for system change and develop interventions.
These Social Innovation Labs are a way of bringing many different types of knowledge together around a “Wicked Problem” rather than abstract principles and there seem to be some real strengths in doing so.
For more information on this talk please follow the link below
Friday, November 18, 2016
2:30 - 4pm
Environment 3 (EV3), room 1408