Systemic Innovation Labs: A Lab for Wicked Problems

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Presented as part of Australian Public Sector (APS) Innovation Month

2-31 July - Working Together

Learn how to address wicked problems through Systemic Innovation Labs

Presented by Dr Sharon Zivkovic and Emily Humphreys

In this 1 hr webinar you'll learn about a new Lab type, a Systemic Innovation Lab, which combines the features of existing Labs that are suited to addressing wicked problems. This webinar will discuss the findings of a recently published article in the Social Enterprise Journal by Dr Sharon Zivkovic titled Systemic Innovation Labs: a Lab for Wicked Problems.


When addressing wicked problems, Labs need to take a systemic design and not a service design approach. They also need to: focus on addressing complex problems, take a place-based and transition approach, enable coherent action by diverse actors, involve users as co-creators, support a networked governance approach and recognise government as an enabler of change.

Join us in this 1hr webinar as we introduce and discuss:

  • Characteristics of labs that are considered appropriate for addressing wicked problems

  • Existing Lab types that contain any of these characteristics, including: Social Innovation Labs, Living Labs, Urban Living Labs, Urban Transition Labs and Public Sector Innovation Labs.

  • How Systemic Innovation Labs combine the features of existing Labs that are suited to addressing wicked problems.

  • A case study that illustrates how the new Lab works in practice

We will also be demonstrating Wicked Lab's online Tool for Systemic Change and discussing the expression of interest process for our new Systemic Innovation Lab program

Want to stream to a team? Talk to us about our multiple participant discount.

For those unable to attend the date / time of this event - this session will be recorded and a link to the recording will be sent to all paricipants who register.

This online event will be delivered via Zoom.

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