Connect. Collaborate. Create community change.
Video, photos, and links to resources from the May 22, 2012 Social Innovation Lab.
An introduction to Human Systems Dynamics from Glenda Eoyang
One minute introductions to the 12 projects we worked with at the lab:
Report backs from the project hosts: One innovative idea for action that came out of their project groups:
Photos from the May Innovation Lab:
1. The next Social Innovation Lab will be on Wednesday, September 12 from 8:00 am to noon, here in this same ballroom.There will be open registration until there are 125 people signed up. We expect this registration to fill well before September. After that point, a waiting list will start. Because we seek a diverse combination of backgrounds, ages, areas of work, and cultural identities, priority will be given on the waiting list to maximize this diversity at the lab. When you register, you’ll have the option of proposing a project you are working on that you’d like to receive input on in the lab.
Register at: http://septemberinnovation.eventbrite.com/
2. Continue the conversations and build collaborations:
- Online: At www.incommons.org/lab, we’ll post the map of what each of us at the lab said we cared about, videos, photos, and other harvest from today. There are online discussions you can join there. If you are using Twitter to talk about the lab, we invite you to include the InCommons handle in your Tweet, @InCommonsTalk.
- Social Innovation Days at CoCo. CoCo Minneapolis will be hosting days for co-working and networking focused on social innovation. Check out their handout at the lab for more information. Register for an introductory lunch and co-working time that will be on June 7 from noon to 5:00 pm.
- Connect with the lab co-sponsors, at the info tables today and following up with them. The co-sponsors offer a rich mixture of resources, training, and initiatives for social innovation. You can find links to all of their websites at www.incommons.org/lab.
- Initiate what will make this network most meaningful for you. Invite people you’ve connected with today to lunch today, convene your own meetings, and/or invite people into your work. We invite you to take initiative to contribute to this emerging network and make it as valuable as possible for you and your work.
Projects we worked with at the May 22 Innovation Lab:
- Removing barriers to money transfer from Minnesota to Somalia, with Hashi Safi, Amina Saleh, and Abdi Ali
- Moving from sick care to strengthening wellbeing, with Lori Knutson and others
- Putting social innovation ideas into action on a large scale in Minnesota, with Jim Rettew, Jim Delaney, Spectra Myers, Patricia Neal, and others
- Scaling a youth-led peace+prosperity model in the region with Ferome Brown
- Ending the prostitution/trafficking of girls in Minnesota, with Kim Borton and Jeff Bauer
- Ensuring that all new affordable housing built in Minnesota is green, with Janne Flisrand, Kurt Schultz, and Jeanette Blankenship
- Exploring community-controlled finance and wealth building with Trai Thomas, Mary Anderson, and Sam Grant
- Strengthening tourism entrepreneurship through social innovation with Deborah McLaren and Kent Gustafson
- Using tax time and social services to move people to economic security with Tracy Fischma, Andriana Abariotes, and Nichol L. Beckstrand
- Building accessibility and infrastructure for a Twin Cities’ local foods system with Maggie McKenna, Paula Westmoreland, and Rob Czernik
- Matching social entrepreneurs with mentors to accelerate learning, innovation, and impact with with Beth Parkhill, Mary T’Kach, and John Schuerman
- Measuring the strengths, assets, and capacities of immigrant communities in the St. Cloud area with Mayuli Bales
- Cultivating Wellbeing in the Classrooms: Integrating Mind, Body and Heart to Maximize Human Potential with Marc Anderson and Kathy Flaminio