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Understanding social and public labs

I’ve written a paper looking at the various social and public labs I’ve come across around the world.

It suggests a typology for understanding them and describes some of the challenges they face – in particular, the radical’s dilemma of having to work both inside and outside established systems.

Download The radical’s dilemma: an overview of the practice and prospects of Social and Public Labs.

Comments and additions welcome.


Geoff Mulgan

Geoff Mulgan

Geoff Mulgan

Chief Executive Officer

Geoff Mulgan has been Chief Executive of Nesta since 2011. Nesta is the UK's innovation foundation and runs a wide range of activities in investment, practical innovation and research.

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