Citizen innovation

An Ibero American civic innovation minga

SERIES: towards #LABICCO n.4 In the Pre-Columbian era, many peoples of Ibero American origin participated in a social practice known as mink’a (in the Quechua language) that consisted of a solidarity-based meeting of friends and/or neighbours to carry out cooperative work that was useful for the community and then share a copious meal to celebrate. More than 500 [...]

Civic Innovation Laboratory: Journey of the hero and his key allies

SERIES: towards #LABICCO nº3 The human collective unconscious is constructed of shared narratives; a set of universal stories based on predefined social scripts that act as individual behavior inducers. For instance, throughout history and in every civilization, the myth of the hero (or heroine) has driven each generation of youth towards a physical, emotional or theoretical [...]

Prototyping: Creativity and experimentation in the lab

SERIES: Towards #LABICCO nº2 Why are civic innovation laboratories referred to as “laboratories”? Primarily because a laboratory is a space for experimentation. Experimentation, as we understand it at LABIC (Spanish acronym for Civic Innovation Lab), is about “learning-by-doing”, trial and error, getting feedback, backtracking, redesigning, and learning from the creative process. Unlike mass production, creation is never [...]

Civic innovation laboratories: What are they and what purpose do they serve?

SERIES: Towards #LABICCO nº1 Many existing institutions will operate differently in 20 years. Indeed, many of them do not exist yet. The days are numbered for institutions with closed processes, designs that are not human centered and protocols without place for experimentation. There are already new institutional models that are more interactive and innovative. Civic innovation laboratories [...]