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May 2012 Lab: Influencing Complex Systems

Video, photos, and links to resources from the May 22, 2012 Social Innovation Lab.


LearningAn introduction to Human Systems Dynamics from Glenda Eoyang

Watch stories of influencing patterns in complex systems from Sam Grant and Alejandra Tobar Alatriz

ProjectsOne 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:

A Mind Map of Social Issues and Ideas that Lab Participants Care About:

What’s Next?

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:

2. Continue the conversations and build collaborations:

  • Online: At, 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
  • 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:

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