The Social Labs Revolution

The Social Labs Revolution

A New Approach to Solving Our Most Complex Challenges

Book - 2014
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Current responses to our most pressing societal challenges-from poverty to ethnic conflict to climate change-are not working. These problems are incredibly dynamic and complex, involving an ever-shifting array of factors, actors, and circumstances. They demand a highly fluid and adaptive approach, yet we address them by devising fixed, long-term plans. Social labs, says Zaid Hassan, are a dramatically more effective response.

Social labs bring together a diverse a group of stakeholders-not to create yet another five-year plan but to develop a portfolio of prototype solutions, test those solutions in the real world, use the data to further refine them, and test them again. Hassan builds on a decade of experience-as well as drawing from cutting-edge research in complexity science, networking theory, and sociology-to explain the core principles and daily functioning of social labs, using examples of pioneering labs from around the world. He offers a new generation of problem solvers an effective, practical, and exciting new vision and guide.
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781626560734
Branch Call Number: 361.1 H2759S 2014
Characteristics: xvi, 185 pages ; 22 cm


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