Insights are the fundamental element of social innovation.
Insights are generated most reliably when people think together – ideally with smart and experienced people they don’t know and in places they don’t normally think. We call that ideal environment a Lab: our version of a particle accelerator, where highly-charged ideas collide and reveal new frameworks.
These intense collaborations have produced some extraordinary results for important causes, laying the foundation for new models in healthcare, public education and civil rights.
25 people, 48 hours, 1 intractable challenge
In our most ambitious initiative yet, Insight Labs is inviting 25 thinkers from a variety of fields to participate in what we’re calling an ÜberLab – ultimately to tackle an intractable, international policy challenge.
This first-ever, two-day event will be held in Palm Springs, California on December 12-13, 2013. The initiative will include:
- advance coursework on the elements of design-thinking;
- a master class with Dr. Frank Barrett, Professor of Management, Organizational Change and Global Policy at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and author of “Yes to the Mess,” published by Harvard Business Review Press;
- a workshop on design and strategic imagination; and
- an Insight Lab in partnership with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and participation by the U.S. Department of State. The Lab will develop the idea of “venture democracy,” adapting the risk-and-reward models of Silicon Valley as a way of guiding American efforts to encourage democracy worldwide.
The event is limited to 25 participants, at $5,000 per person. The fee covers advance coursework, the master class, the workshop, food and entertainment. Registration and payment details can be found at theinsightlabs.org/register-for-uberlab2013.
Insight Labs is a non-profit foundation that designs and disseminates new models for social innovation. Each year, the Labs tackles 10-12 challenges related to the greater good, in partnership with organizations dedicated to solving those challenges. Having leveraged more than 650 thinkers from a wide variety of fields since 2010, we are most colorfully described as the “love child of a think tank and a flash mob for good.”
Virtually all of our work – approximately 90% to date – has been pro bono, with the Labs underwriting all costs and expenses of our work with NASA, Harvard Medical School, the TED Conferences, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Ashoka, The Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education and more than 30 other institutions, non-profits and government agencies.
In addition, all Labs research and findings are published and shared under a Creative Commons license and promoted in an audacious effort to strengthen the entire social sector.
Proceeds from the ÜberLab will support our pro bono work. For more information, visit theinsightlabs.org.
Dr. Frank Barrett
Frank Barrett, Ph.D., is Professor of Management in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. His areas of interest include organizational change, organizational design, qualitative research methods, and leadership and complexity.
An accomplished jazz pianist who played with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Dr. Barrett is author of “Yes to the Mess: Surprising Leadership Lessons from Jazz,” published in 2012 by Harvard Business Review Press. For more information, visit hbr.org.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is the oldest international affairs think tank in the United States. Founded in 1910, it is widely recognized for excellence in scholarship, responsiveness to changing global circumstances and commitment to concrete improvements in public policy. For more information, visit carnegieendowment.org.