About U.lab

I believe that the current historical moment invites us to reconceive the 21st-century university as a unity of research, teaching and social transformation.


Otto Scharmer, 2019

What is it?

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.

Contact us

If you would like to know more about u.lab or the Concordia U.lab Social Innovation Hub


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