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CONVERGE: Canadian Lab Practitioners Exchange

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It Is Time To CONVERGE: Canadian Lab Practitioners Exchange


Converge is a national gathering of 80-100 active social innovation lab practitioners and key ecosystem enablers, hosted by RADIUS SFU, with support from The McConnell Foundation, Simon Fraser University and others. Over 2 days we will gather, on unceded Coast Salish territory, to connect as a practitioner community, surface and explore patterns and models in the field, and collaborate generously.


Social innovation labs have been increasing in popularity in recent years, with a proliferation of labs being established at universities, within governments, and in communities across Canada. However, most labs operate independently of each other, and as a result, there is a high degree of improvisation and a lack of coordination for greater systems change. In this fragmented state, Labs may be unintentionally recreating past work or struggling to ramp up and learn from others. It’s time to converge. We believe that in order to get the best results from these projects and to support a growing ecosystem of systemic designers and leaders, practice building is needed. Modeling the very foundational values of labs, our approach in designing this exchange is rooted in abundance, transparency, convening labs across sectors and issues, and a commitment to growing impact in the field.


CONVERGE aims to:

  • Deepen relationships and trust amongst lab practitioners, laying the foundation for an active pan-Canadian community of practice;

  • Create a space for lab practitioners to add value to each other’s work;

  • Make visible the diversity and impact of social innovation labs in Canada;

  • Build a shared set of tools, practices, language, knowledge, and expertise across the lifecycle of a lab; and

  • Identify key problem/opportunity areas where Canadian labs can better align for increased coordination and impact.


CONVERGE invites those who are:

  1. Lab practitioners with deep experience in the field (2+ years)

  2. Early stage practitioners who need training, input and support

  3. Funders of social innovation labs/ecosystem enablers

  4. Key systems change facilitators, evaluators, social R&D practitioners, communication strategists, and other professionals working at the ‘edges’ of labs

This event is by invitation, intended for people who are actioning social innovation labs in Canada so that we can CONVERGE those already working in the space. Are you currently running a Lab? If so, please email Sara at converge@radiussfu.com and tell us a bit about yourself if you want to participate.

Are you curious about Labs but not actively practicing? We have something for you too. Email us at converge@radiussfu.com with the subject line LAB CURIOUS and get in touch for more information.



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