Category: Personal stories

A Social Lab is no place for perfectionism
April 1, 2019April 1, 2019
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A Social Lab is no place for perfectionism

Prototyping while participating in a format that is a prototype itself When I was asked to join the Beyond Waste | Circular Resources Lab in spring 2018 I felt two emotions: Excitement and doubt. Excitement about the opportunity to finally have the chance to be part of a practical experience of what I had learned...

Circular Resources Lab: a co-creator’s view
February 20, 2019March 26, 2019
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Circular Resources Lab: a co-creator’s view

After three months, six full days of workshops, several half-day team meetings and countless Skype calls, interviews, Slack posts, reading and reflecting — nothing like a cold, rainy Sunday to take a step back and think about the whole Beyond Waste | Circular Resources Lab experience. Two important insights come to my mind first: how...

From Ego-to-Eco: my lived experience
February 20, 2019March 26, 2019
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From Ego-to-Eco: my lived experience

The U-Process facilitates the transition from an individual viewpoint (ego-system awareness), to a collective one (ecosystem awareness). For one who has never experienced this shift, it may sound like a vague claim full of social innovation jargon like “collective intelligence”, “transformative learning” and “ecosystem co-creation”. You can appreciate the concept at an intellectual level, but...

Trusting the Process
February 20, 2019February 27, 2019
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Trusting the Process

What do you get when you take someone who is obsessed with traditional processes and idea-making and thrust them into an innovative social lab experience? As it turns out, letting yourself go and trusting others to lead you through a new experience can allow you to connect to the issue – and yourself – in...

Raising the bar: what we owe to ourselves
February 20, 2019March 26, 2019
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Raising the bar: what we owe to ourselves

Have we succeeded as citizens, as humans? Are we satisfied with the state of our country, of our world? Have we reached the end of our “development”?  These are the questions we must ask, not to rank each other, but to shake ourselves from the lethargy we are in. This is not the peak of...

Erica’s personal journey
June 3, 2018February 27, 2019
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Erica’s personal journey

This blog is about the personal journey involved in the design, implementation and hosting of Sustainable Living Lab, a social lab whose purpose is to catalyse cross-sectoral collaboration for sustainability innovation. I know it sounds like a mouthful, but we can break it down. What is a social lab? A social lab is an approach...