Delivered in partnership between Wicked Lab and Community Capacity Builders.
Challenge Labs are designed to tackle a specific wicked problem in a geographical community through the strengthening or creation of systems aware social enterprises that address . Wicked problems are a unique type of complex problem: a complex social policy problem. This type of problem is hard to resolve as each wicked problem takes place within a unique context and has many interconnected causal factors. Examples of wicked problems include: long-term unemployment, climate change, food insecurity, ageing populations and homelessness.
A Challenge Lab has 3 key components:
Working in partnership with local or state government, Challenge Lab's target one wicked problem in a community, and build the capacity of its community to address this wicked problem. Community capacity building involves building the networks, organisation, attitudes, leadership and skills that allow communities to manage change and sustain community-led development. Challenge Labs do this through participants undertaking the three unit Program for Social Entrepreneurs and connecting with other stakeholders that have an interest in the wicked problem in their community.
Challenge Lab stages
The Lab has three stages, including Form, Learn and Engage. Activities in these stages include:
If you are interested in delivering a Challenge Lab in your government area, submit a EOI and we'll be in touch shortly.