An Experiment with Living Labs

What is a Living Lab?

For about three months we in the enkel collective, a group of Western Australian changemakers, have explored the potential to set up three so-called ‘living labs’.

On Collaboration

Balance

Collaboration that works is probably to find the right balance between different things:

Individual Labs

After starting with eight different labs, we narrowed down to three:

  1. The enkel Food Lab is exploring the idea of introducing scale-able, automated, local food production to WA. We are currently looking to hack current hydroponics systems in order to build a small, modular, automated hydroponics system for suburban homes.
  2. The enkel-powered Education Lab aims to improve student learning through developing better tutoring methods. This will be approached by tutoring disadvantaged students at no cost; creating a user-provider open research relationship.
  3. Community Lab is a group of people interested in developing a concept for using under-utilised assets in the community for the benefit of connecting and growing neighbourhoods. These assets can be after-hours use of schools, community halls, libraries etc.

Hope

My lecturer in Strategic Foresight at Swinburne University, Dr Peter Hayward, often spoke about Snyder’s theory of hope, and how that is key in his teaching of the future. From Wikipedia:

Living Labs Continued…

The projects we did were technically not Living Labs, as per the formal definition. We were not doing “real” government-business-academia partnerships. We had people from all these sectors, but not in an official capacity. They came as curious individuals and many of them stayed — but not representing their organisation.

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Collective in Perth, Western Australia with the mission to create a new generation of changemakers.