Launched August 2013, the Microtainer series was created and curated by Satsuko VanAntwerp of Social Innovation Generation. The MaRS Solutions Lab is excited to take on this legacy to spread information that will be interesting, insightful and useful to lab practitioners and the lab-curious. To access the whole archive of microtainers, please visit SiG’s Microtainer page.
Interesting resources that came across our desks in the month of June 2015 (in no particular order):
News: Tomorrow, July 9th, is the global labs gathering in London with LabWorks! Follow #LabWorks for this exciting conference and the latest learnings from 50 labs globally.
1. WISIR’s Social Innovation Lab Guide is out!
This long-awaited lab guide presents a step-by-step process in designing and implementing your social innovation lab, with tips and advice on how to iterate and adjust in design based on the context. We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with WISIR’s team including Frances Westley and Sam Laban, and to share our learnings within the Prologue with Joeri’s “Testing a Lab Model”.
2. Kennisland’s Publication: “Lab Practice: creating spaces for social change“
How to organise and run a social lab? Lab Practice aims to share experiences from doing a social lab with elderly people in Amsteldorp by sharing methodologies and stories from both changemakers and social lab facilitators.
3. Participate in RSD4 Symposium on Systemic Design in Banff, September 1-3.
The RSD series has advanced an agenda for a strong integration between systems thinking and design to take on the most important challenges facing our planet today. The theme of this year’s symposium is At the Frontiers of Systemic Design.
Confirmed 5 extraordinary keynote speakers over the three day event:
- Mugendi M’Rithaa, Cape Peninsula University of Technology. South Africa
- Don Norman, University of California, San Diego, US
- Lia Patrício, University of Porto, Portugal
- Ann Pendleton-Jullian, The Ohio State University and Georgetown University, US
- Ursula Tischner, Agency for Sustainable Design, Cologne, Germany
4. Service Design Berlin’s “Prototyping Public Services” slidedeck:
A great slidedeck on the difference between prototyping and piloting, and the 3 approaches in prototyping in the public sector.
5. Thoughtwork’s blog on Pixar’s 22 rules of storytelling adapted for UX:
As relevant it is for UX as for public + social innovation labs. Inspirational and interesting.
6. Fast Co.Design’s “How Google Finally Got Design“
A quick history to how design proliferated the DNA of Google. “Google has come so far, despite years of self-defeating battles over what constitutes good design. “When we brought up design at Google, people used to scoff,” says John Wiley, a designer who, in nine years at Google, has seen the company transform. “It made it hard for us to hire great design talent because it didn’t seem like we had the full measure of respect for design.” Here’s how an organization that once crowed about testing 42 shades of blue and called that design created a user-savvy organization that even Apple could learn from.”
7. Video: “Why Design Matters“
A quick 3:42 minute video on why design matters, taking a historical approach on design through exploring politics and religion. Interesting!
8. Business Insider’s “Art schools have minted more mega-unicorn startups than MIT”
“The most surprising finding in this list is that MIT has produced fewer mega-unicorns than two tiny art schools — the Rhode Island School of Design and The Art Center School of Design. […] Two of Xiaomi’s founders were design majors. RISD, an art school that isn’t even included in the U.S. News & World Reports rankings, educated two of Airbnb’s founders.”
…”Google CEO Larry Page says will focus on improving city living for everyone by developing new technologies to deal with urban issues like cost of living, transportation, and energy usage. The new company, based in New York, will be headed by headed by Dan Doctoroff, formerly New York Deputy Mayor of Economic Development and Bloomberg CEO.”
10. Recap of last week’s Civic Design Camp via Storify
We hosted Canada’s first Civic Design Camp on June 26, with an audience of 120+ designers, programmers, and civil servants to design 5 real-life challenges submitted by the Canadian government and research organizations alike.