Connect. Collaborate. Create community change.

About the Social Innovation Lab

The Social Innovation Labs started in 2012 in partnership with the Bush Foundation. In the past three years, more than 2,000 community change makers have participated in 11 lab events. Each lab has had a different theme, but all of them focused on the following overall goal and strategies:

Our vision:
All Minnesotans thrive in a socially just, ecologically sound, and economically sustainable ecosystem of social innovation.

More about our vision: The fruits of the ecosystem and the cultural soil that makes it possible:
visioniconStrategies to move toward this vision:
1. Learn new tools and ways of seeing things
2. Advance innovative projects
3. Connect with other change makers

Simple rules for the Lab:
1. Bring an open heart, mind, and will
2. Listen to the part, whole, and greater whole
3. Attend to difference, privilege and disparity
4. Tango with different perspectives to seek unexpected sparks
5. Invite a balance of creativity and structure
6. Honor commitments

Profiles of the Lab Leadership Team

Highlights from the Labs that have been held so far

In 2014, the Social Innovation Lab helped launch Impact Hub Minneapolis St. Paul. Join us on Nov. 17 for the annual Impact Hub event that celebrates social impact in Minnesota. more
Release of the RFP for Maternal Wellbeing Lab Pilots
The Maternal Wellbeing Innovation Lab is now at the stage of testing out ideas generated by the community innovation process. See the announcement below for the request for proposals. The more