HOW MIGHT WE BECOME LEADERS AT ATTRACTING, WELCOMING AND RETAINING NEWCOMERS TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE NB ECONOMY?
Inspired by MaRS Solutions Lab and GovLab methodologies, NouLAB first convenes the knowledge of diverse stakeholders who understand our greatest challenges; then facilitates a process of problem framing, systems mapping, research, experimentation, and scaling successes; and, finally, connects innovators with influencers. These activities make the change process quicker, smarter, and more sustainable.
Let’s not jump to solutions. We promise, we’ll get there, but time and again we build solutions to problems we don’t fully understand. NouLAB helps lab teams intricately understand their challenges so they can be smarter about how they intervene.
Lab teams take an iterative approach to intervening on the challenges they want to address. By understanding, acting, learning, and adjusting, lab teams start small and scale interventions using an iterative model.
Lab teams are made up of diverse change agents and citizens from the private sector, public sector, social sector and academia. The teams work collectively to understand the nature of their challenge from multiple perspectives, and design, create, and test interventions together, always working towards scale and always learning.
NouLAB is designed to address public challenges. Challenges that affect many and ones no single party or institution can solve alone. The status quo isn’t working. We exist to be a trusted, neutral convenor of the change process and care most about changing our legacy systems to get the most desirable outcomes. NouLAB offers the space and process to do this.
NouLAB is passionate about helping organisations and multi-stakeholder groups move forward in their work and in the problems they are addressing in their everyday work. NouLAB Consulting Services employ a unique process that involves bringing together diverse stakeholders around the common issue, creating an environment conducive to innovation and experimentation, and developing tools and ideas to help move the organisation(s) forward.
NouLAB can plan and facilitate 2 to 5 day workshops customized to the client needs. Within this short period, NouLAB can help you to develop:
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Amanda’s strengths are in facilitation, public engagement, systems thinking, sustainability, and process design. She believes that in order to solve our biggest problems we need to 1) understand them from diverse perspectives – to see the whole system, 2) we need to listen to each other with curiosity and an open mind and 3) we need to experiment. NouLAB is the convenor of the processes to dig into root causes, innovate lasting solutions, and the change the way we tackle big problems.
She has spent the last 12 years working in community economic development with projects in the US, France, Panama, Vietnam, and Sweden. She returned to New Brunswick with a renewed passion to help Atlantic Canada realize its potential. Amanda has worked as a consultant with co-operatives, businesses, and communities on strategic processes to integrate sustainability. Recent clients include: Town of Riverview, City of Moncton, Province of New Brunswick, Pratt & Whitney, Genuine Health, Picaroons, Co-operative Enterprise Council of NB.
Amanda has Bachelor of Business Administration from University of New Brunswick Saint John and a Master’s in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from Sweden.
Rose is a process designer, a facilitator for social impact and a founding member of Transition Lab, a sustainability and change agency. She has a B.A. in International Development and Spanish from Dalhousie University, and a M.Sc. in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology.
Having worked with diverse communities in Canada, Bolivia, Cuba, Honduras, Sweden, Germany and the UK, Rose works to create spaces that amplify unheard voices, cultivate compassion and incite action. She uses systems thinking, design thinking, Theory U and Art of Hosting methodologies to assess and design for purposeful change. She joins the NouLAB team as the Economic Immigration Lab Manager.
Rose is a natural facilitator and a maven of process and experience design. A lover of language and poetry, she has a fierce respect for the sacredness and power of words. She works to hold dynamic situations with a grounded and consistent energy in order to create space for what wants to emerge.
Nick Scott is the Executive Director at the NB Social Policy Research Network and co-founder of NouLAB; a public and social innovation lab facilitating collaborative problem-solving across sectors and disciplines. Nick is also an Alumni of the 21inc program, and was the co-chair of the 2016 Canadian Open Data Summit. He holds a Master of Arts in Sociology, for which his studies focused on organizational studies and social movements, and a certificate in social impact analysis.
Bill MacKenzie has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters of Business Administration from Queen’s University. He joined the New Brunswick Public Service 30 years ago. The first 14 years were with the Department of Agriculture. Over the 14 years he worked on market research projects, trade policy and free trade agreements, industry competitiveness, supply management and strategic planning. He spent 13 years at Social Development first as the Director of Policy and Intergovernmental Relations and later on the Senior Management Committee as the Executive Director of Strategic Policy, Planning and Performance. At Social Development his policy experience included poverty reduction, housing, homelessness, child welfare, early childhood development, long-term care for seniors and supports for persons with disabilities.
Since September 2013, Bill has been the Director of Strategic Partnerships with the New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network.
Lewis is a storyteller and entrepreneur. For the last 10 years he has been creating films, taking photos, travelling and organising for change. He holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of British Columbia focused on Economic Geography and an M.Sc. in Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology.
With a broad range of experience from small business to filmmaking, he brings a strong talent for relaying information to diverse stakeholders. Lewis uses photos, short videos and visual aids to present information in a clear and concise manner.
Karina LeBlanc is the Executive Director at the Pond-Deshpande Centre. With a passion for supporting the growth and development of passionate change makers, Karina is invested in inspiring our youth with the possibility of entrepreneurship so that they can become opportunity creators in lieu of job seekers, fuelling the growth of the Impact Economy in Atlantic Canada and the Business for Good ecosystem. NouLAB is a core component of the Impact Economy providing us with a framework for citizen-driven problem-solving that marries research, policy and entrepreneurship. New Brunswick is now poised to be able to take a leadership role in innovation and experimentation by building on our strengths of smallness, connectivity, collaboration and a values-based culture.
Heather is the Funding Program Manager and Program Coordinator of the Pond-Deshpande Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She is a passionate leader and active member of New Brunswick’s startup community. Heather provides coaching and mentorship for entrepreneurs, manages PDC finances, develops innovative entrepreneurial programs, and manages events.
Heather has a background in the legal, business, education and non-profit sectors. She has had a 30-year career that has spanned the fields of law, professional development, sales & marketing, facilitation, communication, and project and office management. She also has extensive experience within the university community. She has worked within several UNB Departments coordinating complex research projects and Institutes with local, national and international staff, students, partners, and associates. Heather earned a Law Degree from Dalhousie University and was admitted to the Newfoundland & Labrador Barristers’ Society in 1986.