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Dr Svenja Tams and Megha Wadhawan host a workshop on 'Innovation Labs' at OxfordJam 2012

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Dr Svenja TamsSocial entrepreneurs and professionals from organizations in the emerging fields of social innovation and social investing participated in a workshop on Innovation Labs hosted by the School of Management's Dr Svenja Tams and Megha Wadhawan at the OxfordJam 2012 on 28 March 2012 in Oxford.

The annual OxfordJam has established itself as the the Official Fringe of the Skoll World Forum for Social Enterprise. This three-day fringe event creates a space for the nurturing of social economy and social finance projects all over the world. OxfordJam flips the traditional conference format on its head and offers an innovative, inclusive and participatory environment.

The participants of the workshop explored the potential of innovation lab methodologies for tackling societal challenges. Innovation labs are built on the premise that complex problems for sustainable living cannot be resolved by any single player or solution – be it technology, policy or practice. Seeking answers to such interconnected problems, organisations such as Forum for the Future, NESTA, Reos Partners, and WWF UK have started developing ‘Innovation Labs’. These are collaborative spaces where the aim is to achieve more joined up thinking and experiment with practical innovations by engaging people from various disciplines, like business, NGOs, communities, finance, policy making, research and design.

The participants of the workshop discussed pioneering innovation lab case studies and exchanged their own experiences of collaborative innovation.

An EPSRC Delivery Grant supports the research that informed this OxfordJam workshop. The project is part of a wider research agenda on leadership, learning and careers related to social change and innovation by Svenja Tams.

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