"Having all the brains from the my fellow participants and the coaches on my lab, real-time, as it was developing was invaluable. The course has been far more helpful and energizing than I anticipated” - Cohort 1 Participant
Dates: 5th - 21st Feb 2018
ABOUT THE COURSE
As the revolution heats up, more and more people are launching social labs. How best can we support those of you launching labs?
Limited to 10 places on a first come first serve basis we will be supporting this small cohort to get their labs off the ground or back on track.
The course will consist of 2x weekly sessions for 3 weeks, with additional one-on-one coaching and a trouble shooting session each week for the duration of the course.
Participants will be provided with materials, structured coaching and one-on-one troubleshooting. The course will be intensive, in that participants will have reading and assignments they will need to complete and we will be doing work real-time with our whole team available to support practical outcomes for your Lab.
Participants will also receive version 1.0 of "Lab-In-A-Box", a codification of the current Roller Strategies social labs practice.
WEEK 1 / INTRODUCTION AND PRECONDITIONS
In the ﬁrst week, we’ll go over the structure of the course, learn a bit about who’s participating, and begin to dive into an overview of Social Labs and their Preconditions.
The Preconditions for a Social Lab refers to everything that needs to be in place before the Lab itself is launched. This could include reﬁning your Lab Challenge, conducting dialogue interviews, designing a governance structure, convening participants and partners, preparing a communications and storytelling strategy, developing brand identity, working to understand the systemic context of the challenge, and more. We’ll cover as much as possible, based on the need and interest of course participants.
WEEK 2 / DELIVERY AND THE INNER GAME
In week 2 we’ll dive into the delivery of Social Labs and as well as understanding and addressing complex challenges with teams. This may include team formation, workshop design and facilitation, prototyping, validation and evaluation, dialogue and collaboration, creativity, and ways to coach and support teams doing iterative social change work. We’ll cover as much as possible, based on the need and interest of course participants.
WEEK 3 / SUSTAINABILITY, STORYTELLING & POLITICS
In the 3rd week of the course we’ll look at some important and less-obvious aspects of Social Labs work. We’ll get into how to increase the chances that your lab can sustain itself over time (in terms of energy, inertia and resources), the risk of stopping and starting your lab, how impact ripples through social systems, the importance of storytelling and communications work, and we’ll also look at some of the sensitive and subtle cultural and political dynamics that can make or break a Social Lab.
SEMINAR / WEEKLY CALLS
Seminars will present core ideas and principles of running Social Labs, with a focus on the tactical, day-to-day realities of what it takes to successfully launch and sustain Social Labs on the ground.
Monday 5th Feb
Monday 12th Feb
Monday 19th Feb
All seminar calls will be held at
8am Pacific; 11am Eastern (4pm GMT)
LEARNING GROUP / WEEKLY CALLS
Participants will have an opportunity to connect and share learnings, practices, tools and insights with other Social Labs practitioners from around the world.
Learning Group Calls
Wednesday 7th Feb
Wednesday 14th Feb
Wednesday 21st Feb
You can choose either:
7am Pacific; 10am Eastern (3pm GMT)
9am Pacific; 12pm Eastern (5pm GMT)
1-ON-1 COACHING / WEEKLY CALLS
Weekly 1-on-1 coaching sessions will help participants work on their own projects. Social Labs can have very different needs based on the details of the Lab. Customized coaching will focus on the participants’ most immediate and pressing needs. We will schedule these directly with you.
Please register here, or email Cari Caldwell, Director of Practice at Roller Strategies to find out more on cari [at] roller [dot] sg