Designing and testing ways to grow the civic economy.
Civic Systems Lab is a laboratory that designs and tests methods, strategies and systems to grow the civic economy at regional, city and local level.
This economy, which is built on the ideas and models of innovative citizen-led initiatives, is creating new systems in areas ranging from energy to food and housing to play. It’s changing the appearance and economies of places across the UK and around the world.
Founded in 2013, Civic Systems Lab is part of Project Zero Zero, a collaborative design studio which worked with Nesta and CABE to create A Compendium for the Civic Economy - a publication which profiled the projects leading the civic economy and explored how local leaders could help create the right conditions for it to flourish, and produced the crowdsourced research project, Community Lover’s Guide.
Building on this foundation, Civic Systems Lab has a set of prototypes in progress that are testing the conditions, tactics, tools and wider platforms needed for supporting civic change.
The Civic Systems Lab team is: Joost Beunderman, Laura Billings, Tessy Britton, Matthew Green, Indy Johar and Immy Kaur.