CIVICLAB teaches collaborative community teams how to better approach complex social problems by redesigning the way they work together. Since our founding in 2012, we have partnered with and served more than 300 communities across the country and have trained more than 14,000 leaders and community stakeholders.
It’s important to know that we do not consider ourselves to be experts or consultants. Like you, we are practitioners, having formed and led many cross-sector collaboratives and initiatives focused on social challenges at the community, regional, and state levels.
The approach we take to our work is both unique and proven. We believe in one guiding idea: When it comes to community collaboration, the process is the product.
Is your team or organization looking to strengthen and build your collaborative capacity in 2023? CivicLab is hosting a series of labs to equip collaborative teams with the principles, tools, and frameworks needed to advance systems-level work.
Mastering the principles and practices of community collaboration
The Stakeholder Engagement Process Lab teaches a relationship-based, systems- building approach to address complex social problems.
When it comes to community collaboration, the process is the product. The outcomes we experience are only as good as the underlying process itself. That’s because the most significant leverage point in any change effort is the quality of the engagement process the stakeholders use to redesign the way they relate to one another and work together.
This lab presents the fundamental principles, practices, tools, and frameworks for engaging cross-sector stakeholders in the process of collaboration to improve the human condition.
How to design, build and lead social systems that better serve all people
The Systems-Building Design Lab teaches collaborative community teams how to dissolve social problems by redesigning the underlying system and shaping the conditions that caused the problem in the first place.
A community issue is not any one thing, but a tangled knot of different kinds of interacting problems. What's required is not a single solution, but an ecosystem of interrelated approaches for managing, solving, and dissolving the various types of problems that exist. It's a systems thing, not a single thing.
This lab helps a diverse group of stakeholders see that they are part of something bigger than themselves. And it presents how they can redesign their collective work together to make it act more like a system, ultimately achieving a state of "systemness."