Social Innovation Camps and Labs: Lessons from Internews’ Experience

Cover: SOCIAL INNOVATION CAMPS AND LABS: LESSONS FROM INTERNEWS’ EXPERIENCE
Author(s):
Tara Susman-Peña, Senior Research Officer at Internews

The Internews Center for Innovation and Learning has been conducting social innovation camps (or labs) since its first one in 2011 in Bosnia.

A new report, Social Innovation Camps and Labs: Lessons from Internews’ Experience, takes a broad look at the Innovation Camps and Labs convened by Internews during 2011 and 2012. It identifies what they can achieve, how best to run the events, and pitfalls to avoid.

The study focuses on these key questions:

  • The organization and process of the Innovation Camps/Labs: what were the main events and activities? Which were most useful? Why?
  • How can organizers recruit appropriate participants? What combinations of people work well together?
  • In the structure and process, what worked, what didn’t work, and why?
  • What types of goals best suit the structure of an Innovation Lab?
  • What were the main outcomes of Innovation Camps/Labs?
  • How can organizers promote the sustainability of the work produced in Innovation Camps/Labs?

See also a visual cookbook outlining the basics of how to run a camp - How to Run a Social Innovation Lab: a Recipe for Success.

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