The Change Lab is a systemic, participative, creative approach to making progress on complex social challenges that matter. In a Lab, a team of leaders from across a given social system come together to talk, act, and learn, with the goal of effecting change in their system. The participants in a Lab work from a whole-system rather than a siloed perspective; they work together with rather than apart from other stakeholders; and they make their way forward by trying out change strategies in practice rather than only on paper.
In a Lab Lab, each team works on the design of its own Lab at its own studio table. But the presence of the other teams at neighbouring tables provides easy opportunities for mutual support, feedback, and inspiration. The Lab Lab therefore offers us a glimpse not only of a highly effective way to build Change Lab capacity in action, but also to build a community of practice in this promising new approach to effecting social change.