Public sector innovation practitioners need to think much more about what to cultivate within ourselves, and what to nurture around us, in order to create stronger leadership and enabling conditions for transformative and emergent innovation.

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This article follows a powerful research question about the transformative potential of Public Sector Innovation Labs (PSI labs), which comes from my Ph.D. research as well as my work with the City of Vancouver Solutions Lab (SLab). This research question is a mouthful: How might we systemically intervene in complex public sector challenges to create stronger leadership and enabling conditions for transformative and emergent innovation?


Stories from the City of Vancouver Solutions Lab

Reflections from Moura Quayle, Lily Raphael and Lindsay Cole

The 2019 SLab Community of Practice Facilitation team (from L to R): Moura Quayle, Lindsay Cole, Sanmini Koffi and Lily Raphael

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This blog is part of a series that tells stories from the second iteration of the City of Vancouver Solutions Lab (SLab) 2.0, which ran from July 2018 — February 2020. This piece describes the design, delivery, outcomes, and learning from the first SLab Community of Practice (CoP), collaboratively created and delivered with the University of BC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs from February — December, 2019. This SLab 2.0 …


Stories from the City of Vancouver Solutions Lab

Time for some shoegaze. Image courtesy of Amanda Mitchell.

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This blog is the first in a series that tells stories from the second iteration of the City of Vancouver Solutions Lab (SLab), which ran from July 2018 — February 2020. This post is written from my points of view as a practitioner and an academic, and it’s infused by my current Ph.D. research into the transformative potential of Public Sector Innovation Labs. This first post advocates for stronger theorization of public sector innovation (a.k.a. different ways of thinking about how change happens) using the experiences from Vancouver’s SLab as a case.


And, five re-frames and five successes as we move into iteration 2.0

Image credit: Amanda Mitchell

For more context about the first iteration of Vancouver’s Solutions Lab please check out our report: Navigating Complexity.

Vancouver’s SLab is inspired by the generations of xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ / sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), Indigenous leaders who continue to care for the land, water, people and animals that call these territories home, as they have done for generations.

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This is a story of what I have learned by building the first iteration of the City of Vancouver’s public sector innovation lab, called the Solutions Lab (SLab). Vancouver’s…

Lindsay Cole (she/her)

Lindsay Cole is the founder and manager of the City of Vancouver’s Solutions Lab, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia.

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