All over the world – including Amsterdam – cities are growing rapidly. Understandably, cities are popular hubs for finding jobs, creativity and opportunities. But this growth also can also cause problems, for instance with regards to climate change, safety, affordable housing and health. That’s why the key question at WeMakeThe.City is: What kind of city do we want to live in, now and in the future? KL’s Nora van der Linden and Tessa de Geus will facilitate a workshop on – “Social Labs and Targeted System Change” during the subconference Co-creating the City.
Kennisland has been implementing social labs for over five years in the Netherlands, Europe and Hong Kong. Social labs are hyper local innovation processes in which social issues, such as loneliness or youth unemployment, as well as possible solutions are researched and tested by stakeholders themselves. The social lab methodology is an instrument that allows citizens and civil servants to research exactly what kind of city they want to live in, now and in the future, and consequently, to act on that.
While many interesting lessons have been learned and results have been achieved, it has proven hard to affect sustainable change in the systems targeted by social labs.While many interesting lessons have been learned and results have been achieved, it has proven hard to affect sustainable change in the systems targeted by social labs. ++Forget about impact: Let’s be hones about systems changeRead this article by Tessa to read about the background to these terms: Forget about impact: Let’s be honest about systems change. In this workshop, Nora and Tessa mobilise the experience and knowledge of the participants to gain insights about possible new directions.
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