NouLAB Academy 2016-17 Application

We are pleased that you are interested in developing your capacity to innovate through teamwork, research and experimentation.  Applications are for teams from 4-6 members and each team member should submit an application.

*Note: Team members can use the same responses for the problem-related questions.

We would like to know more about you, your team, the challenge you are addressing, and the project you wish to undertake through the NouLAB Academy.

By submitting this application, you and your team are committing to: a) Attend 10 full day workshops between October and April 2017 (dates provided below); b) Attend periodic coaching sessions with leading experts in social innovation; c) Present your project at the GovMaker Conference in Fredericton (November 21-22) and during Innovation Week in May 2017.

Workshop schedule: October 17-18, November 14-15, January 19-20, February 16-17, and March 16-17.

By the end of the NouLAB Academy you will have:

  • An improved understanding of the problem you are facing, and new ideas for addressing specific issues that are part of the problem.

  • A pitch/presentation to communicate the importance of your challenge and to ask for further support for development of prototypes or other initiatives that were uncovered throughout the process.

  • Plans for new field research and increased capacity to ask questions and collect information about the problem

  • A new framework based on systems thinking, user centered design and multi-stakeholder approach to tackling problems.

NouLAB's commitment to bilingualism. All written materials will be offered in both English and French and the local facilitation team is bilingual.  Workshops will be bilingual as much as possible, however there will be guest facilitators operating only in English.  The interactive nature of the program is not suited for simultaneous translation however your group work can be in your language of choice and local facilitators will be on site to offer support.

Your Name *
Your Name
Your Phone Number *
Your Phone Number
Your Address
Your Address
What is your hope for participating in the lab process? What is your definition of success?
Is your employer supportive of this work? How would they support you?
How much of your paid work is (or can be) spent working on this challenge (in days/wk)?
My willingness and ability to collaborate successfully with others is a recognized skill of mine. *
My willingness and ability to collaborate successfully with others is a recognized skill of mine.
My peers consider me as an innovator. *
My peers consider me as an innovator.
My ability to influence change in the domains relevant to this problem is high. *
My ability to influence change in the domains relevant to this problem is high.
My openness to new ideas and taking on risk is high. *
My openness to new ideas and taking on risk is high.
I successfully execute/implement new ideas. *
I successfully execute/implement new ideas.
Travel will be required, the workshop locations will be determined based on the location of participants. Will travel to workshops be a barrier for you?
Who is your team lead?
What is your team or project name?
please list the names of your team members separated by commas. Each member should complete a separate application.
What do you believe are your team’s greatest strengths?
What do you believe are your team’s greatest weaknesses?
How would you describe the problem? Why is the problem important? What are the known and suspected causes of the problem? What makes this a complex problem?
What relevant initiatives, research, or experiments have you conducted? What have you learned from them?
Where do you believe the opportunities for exploration and experimentation exist?
Choose one of the options below