- To build local capacity for innovation and adaptive change in the arts and social sector
- To create the space and conditions for our partners to take on complex challenges
- To deeply integrate artists and artistic practices into change efforts
We design workshops, coaching, and intensive labs that are deeply influenced by artistic processes, which we believe opens up new ways of thinking and seeing.
Since 2005, we’ve helped 2,500 leaders, 250 organizations, and dozens of communities transform their practices, navigate uncertainty, and create new value. Learn more
Our team has helped leading nonprofits, foundations, city agencies, and cultural leaders realize their dreams for the future. Read more.
What We're Reading
- Donella Meadows: Leverage Points - Places to Intervene in a System
- Clara Miller: Hidden in Plain Sight - Understanding Non-Profit Capital Structure
- Ronald Heifetz: The Work of Leadership
- David Snowden and Mary E. Boone: A Leadership Framework for Decision Making
- Frances Westley, Brenda Zimmerman and Michael Patton: Getting to Maybe: How the World is Changed
- Zaid Hassan: The Social Labs Revolution
- Adam Kahane: Power and Love
- Valdis Krebs and June Holley: Building Smart Communities through Network Weaving
What to Read Next…
GIA Reader Article: Introducing Community Innovation Labs
Authored by Richard Evans and Karina Mangu-Ward, this article in the GIAReader, Vol 26, Fall 2015 provides provides a comprehensive overview of the research, practice and frameworks of Community Innovation Labs.
Three Case Studies: Innovating at the Intersections of Arts and Social Justice
Featuring Alternate ROOTS, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, and The Theater Offensive, this report examines the contours, possibilities and limitations of adaptive change for arts and social justice organizations in our Labs.