Unleashing student-led innovation

Learning the leadership skills to co-create an ecosystem of wellbeing.

Young people are well aware and deeply concerned about what is going on in the world today. They are concerned about issues like climate change, inequality and social justice.

Young people are also well aware and deeply concerned about what is going on in their schools. Issues like bullying, achievement anxiety and trauma can create a challenging learning environment.

What if school was a place where students learnt the skills to meaningfully navigate their challenges and become the change they seek? What if it was a valuable playground for learning social technologies that enable them to co-create the future? What if they learnt the leadership capacities to come together and unleash student-led innovations?

These questions are at the heart of our new schools program — the Wellbeing Lab.

Creating space for wellbeing innovation

“We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.” — R. Buckminster Fuller

Our program supports students with developing their wellbeing leadership capacities within a special kind of container called a Social Lab.

Social Labs are a participatory holding space for attending to complex challenges such as wellbeing and social change. They draw on a range of tools including storytelling, prototyping and reflection. Social labs create the space for young people to find their own voice, shift how they see their place in the world and become valuable co-contributors to a future they want to create.

Social labs are used all over the world — addressing challenges big and small. An example of a large-scale lab is the Global Wellbeing and Gross National Happiness (GNH) Lab, co-founded between Germany and Bhutan. This Lab brings together leading innovators from developing countries, emerging economies, and industrial nations to prototype new ways of progressing wellbeing around the world.

A beautiful business example is the Wellbeing In Business Lab featured in this lovely video.

Finally, an inspiring education based example is WellAhead, a lab focused on “creating long-term change — shifting culture, structures, priorities and practices of schools to better incorporate social and emotional wellbeing”.

Our Wellbeing Lab

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”- Peter Drucker

Our program focuses on how students can put wellbeing innovation at the centre of their everyday experience. It’s a space for students to think about how they relate to each other, how they relate to their environment, and how they relate to themselves. A place for having aha moments about the things that really matter, re-imagine the school experience and make it a reality.

We believe giving young people the opportunity to explore these possibilities is vital if we want to give them the best chance to thrive.

If you’re interested in finding out more about this project or perhaps you want to get involved, we’d love to hear from you.