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Rewire how you think about change

 

A course for leaders and influencers

Complexity is on the rise, and business as usual strategies no longer cut the mustard. Our approach enables organisations to address big challenges such as poverty, ethnic conflict, and climate change in a more fluid, adaptive and effective way. Through our work we generate real-world on-the-ground impact, and not just more glossy reports. 

In this course we'll teach you our ways, and you'll learn how to develop powerful and innovative strategic responses to complex challenges through social labs.

Social Labs?

Social labs can be thought of as strategies. In the same way a science lab will bring together teams of scientists to work on a technical problem, social labs bring together diverse groups of stakeholders to develop prototype solutions to social challenges. These solutions are tested in the real world, refined, and tested again. Social labs represent a powerful, innovative and strategic response to complex social challenges. They are a proven effective response to generate real-world results and achieve impact beyond your funders' wildest dreams. 

 
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How


How


 

Ok, tell me more about the course...

Over three days you will deepen your understanding of both the strategic and the tactical aspects of setting up social labs. This will include framing the business case for labs, setting the challenge, the relationship of scale to the overall strategy of the lab, practical details on the design of social labs, what a “Minimal Viable Social Lab” looks like, and more.

At the end of three days, you will leave with a clear idea of what it takes to design a social lab and how to go about this task. The course will consist of a combination of small group and plenary work, with many opportunities for peer learning. You will work in small groups to apply learning to your own challenges.

The course consists of six half-day modules. Four of these modules are focused on the team-challenge, resulting in participants learning how to design a social lab around their challenge. The goals of the course are:

  • Participants acquire practical skills and knowledge required to design social labs
  • Participants gain experience of the application of the labs approach to a real-world challenge
  • Participants leave with an understanding of how to make the business case for social labs

This is a foundational course. The approach is to support participants to internalize a number of core concepts that provide a foundation for using various techniques in the context of complex social challenges.

 
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Who


Who


 

Who are you?

We're Roller Strategies - a professional services firm focused on next-gen solutions to the world's most complex challenges. We believe that people want to solve their own problems. Our purpose is to support this drive to its highest potential.

The course is taught by our CEO, Zaid Hassan along with Angela Pugh and Manish Jain:

Zaid is a strategist, author of the bestselling book, The Social Labs Revolution (Berret-Koehler, 2014), and facilitator with over fifteen years of experience in developing strategic responses to complex social challenges His clients have included the World Bank, The UN Foundation, Oxfam, WWF, various governments, and many more. Zaid grew up in Bombay, New Delhi, Abu Dhabi and London. He regularly teaches courses on how to address complex challenges. He is a Visiting Professor at the California College of Arts (CCA) where he helps teach a social lab on a graduate level Masters programme. He has guest lectured at The University of Oxford, The University of Bergen, Norway, The New School in New York and many more institutions. Over 2009-10 he was an Associate Fellow of The Institute of Science, Innovation and Society, at the Said Business School. He is currently a Social Innovation Fellow at Babson College. Zaid is the CEO & Co-founder of Roller Strategies.

Angie is an experienced programme manager, with 10 years of experience working within social enterprises in the UK. She led Creative Economies, a Nesta programme to support and encourage growth within the creative economy, and co-founded at{mine}, an online community for design lovers. Angie is skilled in business strategy, leadership development, programme management, and facilitation. Angie is the Deputy CEO of Roller Strategies.

Manish is the Coordinator of Shikshantar, The People’s Institute for Rethinking Education and Development. He is also the founder of Swaraj University and the Ecoversities Network. Before co-founding Shikshantar, Manish was a principal architect of the UNESCO Learning Without Frontiers transnational initiative. Prior to that, he worked as a consultant in several countries in the areas of educational planning, policy analysis, research, program design, and media/technology with UNICEF, UNDP, the World Bank, USAID, the Academy for Educational Development, Education Development Center, and the Harvard Institute for International Development.

 

What are others saying?


“The best part of the course for me was to be able to listen to a very experienced practitioner and theorist of the social lab field and understand a bit be er the day-by-day activities, the patterns and challenges of the work itself. The fact that we had to practice the learning in a real project was truly amazing as well. I put my idea in the centre and it was very rich to see people from around the world collaborating into creating something valuable that could be actually implemented. The course gave me tools to not leave any important issue out when designing and running participatory processes for impactful innovation.”
— Ana Carol Rodrigues