Labs for Libraries: Social Innovation for Designing Our Future


The City of Vancouver’s public sector innovation lab, called the Solutions Lab, began in January 2017 as a way to grow collaborative leadership through the City’s Healthy City Strategy. The lab is focused on experimentation and learning to develop, test, and scale social innovations that contribute to a healthy and green city by:
• Shifting organizational culture
• Building innovation infrastructure
• Unlocking the potential of people
• Growing authentic partnerships
• Telling stories of change
Sponsored by the Public Libraries Interest Group, this session will delve into the landscape of social innovation labs by telling the story of the Solutions Lab, exploring social innovation practices and methodologies, and brainstorming how they might be applied to a library context.


Heidi Schiller

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