Social labs as an inclusive way to implement and study social change

As you can read going through this website, RiConfigure seeks to both enhance conceptual clarity on and enable new types of collaboration constellations democratizing innovation. This is done in five social labs around Europe and Colombia.

Recently, Vincent Blok, Robert Braun, and Renate Wesselink from the RiConfigure project have co-authored a scientific article on the social lab methodology as a useful strategy for engaging with empirically emerging and conceptually unclear phenomena such as new types of collaboration constellations.

The claim is that the social lab methodology provides the ability to constructively work with the circularity of lacking both conceptual clarity and empirical evidence as it allows researchers to gather data and build theory at the same time.

You can read the article here.