The Concordia U.lab Social Innovation Hub is a diverse learning community of students, educators, and members of the local community who gather throughout the fall semester to embody a bold vision of next-gen education. We want you to be a part of it!
At u.lab, we ask you to bring your change projects, ideas and passion into the hub. This becomes the content of our learning. We then work with these projects using a process provided by u.lab – a MOOC (massive open online course) which integrates social science, mindfulness and design thinking in the service of societal transformation. To do this work, we host an exciting community that is diverse, multi-generational and blurs the boundary between university and community.
Who comes to u.lab?
People from across the university and the local community who…
want support moving forward with a project or idea for social change
are looking for a community of practice to support this work
want to bring more clarity and purpose to their lives
seek a space to gain perspective and tap into their creativity
are passionate about learning and education
How it works
Hub members register for the online course and work with the online material at their own pace before meeting face-to-face in the learning community.
Here at Concordia, we meet as a bilingual hub every Thursday afternoon for 11 weeks, September-December.
In May 2019, Otto Scharmer hosted an online dialogue on Reinventing the 21st Century University inviting guests James Martin, Dean of the Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, and Eva Pomeroy, Social Innovator in Residence, Concordia University. In the video below, Otto briefly shares his 11 principles for the transformation of higher education, James Martin shares his observations of the forces currently shaping higher education and Eva Pomeroy illustrates how the principles described are being put into practice in the Concordia U.lab Social Innovation Hub.
Curious about u.lab?
Come to one of our Taster Sessions to find out more and get an idea of the process