The Social Labs Revolution: A New Approach to Solving Our Most Complex Challenges
By Zaid Hassan
This is the first book on social laboratories, a new methodology for addressing complex societal challenges. The book includes case examples of how this new methodology has proven successful over the past decade in bringing people together in many nations to make breakthroughs in solving such problems as poverty, ethnic conflict, and environmental issues.
A profoundly important and timely book. Hassan has been at the center of the social labs revolution since its beginning and explains this powerful new approach to tackling the world's most pressing challenges in a clear, concise and, compelling fashion." --Joseph Jaworski, author of the international bestseller "Synchronicity" "The Social Labs Revolution takes the radical approach of putting planning on the backburner in favor of learn-by-doing methodology. We know that social, experimental, prototyping, and systemic approaches have worked in the Internet ecosystem and for entrepreneurs. Will they work in for complex social issues? Zaid Hassan shows us experiments that have worked -- and how to try our own." --Howard Rheingold, author of best-sellers "Virtual Reality", "The Virtual Community", "Smart Mobs", and "Net Smart" "Increasingly we face complex social problems that we can solve only through working together, not only with friends and colleagues but also with strangers and opponents. Zaid's book shows us a new way of doing so. It represents an important milestone in learning how to address our most profound challenges." --Adam Kahane, author of "Solving Tough Problems" and "Power and Love" "Hassan blends a clarity of vision, and a refusal to pretend that simple solutions are adequate to address complex problems, with practical examples of what can be done. This book should be compulsory reading for anyone whose ambition is to change the systems that perpetuate poverty and inequality rather than just to mitigate the symptoms." --Kate Wareing, Head of Innovation & Learning, Oxfam GB
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