Sustainability Transition Labs are usually parts of a whole process, based on the latest research and practice in creative collaboration drawing on approaches like Design Thinking and The Natural Step’s Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development, FSSD. Such a process is designed to foster deep learning and bold action, unconventional partnerships and collaboration.
Sustainability Transition Labs differ considerably depending on the challenge, scope, scale, priorities and sector or industry your organisation operates in. However, there are certain generic elements and four core phases.
Getting perfectly prepared
We identify and scope the challenge, secure potential partners and resources, and design the phases and tasks.
A committed core team with a defined challenge.
Shared Value of Collaboration
We conduct in-depth interviews, map the existing initiatives and build a shared language within the core team.
Clarified key goals based on shared values.
Building Shared Priorities
We conduct experimental learning journeys, map the system, identify leverage points and backcast from a shared vision of success.
Identified and prioritised collaborative initiatives
We implement a portfolio of aligned activities, formalise partnerships, and develop shared measuring systems and prototype projects.
Breakthrough results which shift the system.
Based on the general structure explained above, The Natural Step’s project leaders and the core team specify a design to the particular organisations and conditions involved. The phased approach honours the need for the participating organisations to continuously assess the value of their participation. The group needs to make considered decisions on where they want to go together and what they want to define as success.
Concept, process design, execution of the labs, including moderation, framework organisation, work materials etc. Of course all services are guided by The Natural Step’s “Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development”, FSSD.
Municipalities, communities, cities, regions, public and private organisations, non-profit organisations and businesses.