We foster a safe experimental space
This work is complex and often messy. In the Edmonton Shift Lab we choose to create a fun, open, and inclusive environment where we strive to be aware of our biases and bold with our ideas. We believe the opportunity to come together in a space that values making mistakes along the way builds trust and infuses learning, laughter, friendship and community building into the process.
We create solutions with community
Working in complexity is tricky. We believe the wisdom generated from the coming together of a diverse collective helps us get to more thoughtful solutions. Together, we build opportunities to learn from others, co-design with community, and test our solutions with people to ensure that they actually work.
We embrace new ways of thinking and acting
To get to better solutions we need new patterns of thinking and acting. Through Human-Centered Design Thinking and Processes to explore root causes of a complex issue we are opening up new ways of collaborative solution finding. Our exploration integrates creative problem solving practices with rigorous methodologies to help us carve new ways forward while navigating complexity.
We focus on impact
Getting to solutions that work for the people we serve is at the core of the Shift Lab. By working with people, using a creative process, and testing what we come up with, we believe we can discover some potential solutions to the messy, complex, and tricky problem of racism and its intersection with poverty.