The social labs revolution : a new approach to solving our most complex challenges /

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Author / Creator:Hassan, Zaid, author.
Edition:First edition.
Imprint:San Francisco, CA : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., [2014]
Description:xvi, 185 pages ; 22 cm
Language:English
Subject:Social problems -- Research -- Methodology.
Problem solving.
Problem solving.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/9918210
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ISBN:9781626560734 (pbk.)
1626560730 (pbk.)
Notes:"a Reos publication"
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Table of Contents:
  • Foreword
  • Preface: Notes from a Practicing Heart
  • Introduction: What Are Social Laboratories?
  • What Does It Mean to Be Winning?
  • Playing in the World Cup
  • The Scale-Free Laboratory
  • A Cascade of Social Labs
  • 1. The Perfect Storm of Complexity
  • The Perfect Challenge
  • What Is a Complex Social Challenge?
  • The Futile Optimism of Optimization
  • Yemen as a Natural Experiment
  • Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Jail
  • 2. The Strategic Vacuum
  • Business as Usual
  • The Expert-Planning Paradigm
  • Flying Autopilot in the Perfect Storm
  • A Lack of Genuine Strategic Intent
  • 3. The Sustainable Food Lab: From Farm to Fork
  • The Race to the Bottom
  • The Multiple and Conflicting Logics of Food
  • What Is Sustainable?
  • Systemic Spread Betting
  • 4. The Bhavishya Lab: The Silent Emergency
  • The Bhavishya Alliance
  • The Moon Shot
  • Movement Requires Friction
  • Fail Early, Fail Often
  • Business as Usual and Its Radical Refusals
  • 5. The New Ecologies of Capital
  • The End of the Beginning
  • Emerging Forms of Capital and Preventing Collapse
  • The Dumbest Idea in the World
  • More Rainforests, Fewer Plantations
  • 6. The Rise of the Agilistas
  • The Practical Wisdom of Social Labs
  • Starting with Current Realities
  • Events Rupture Dispositions
  • The Right Stuff
  • 7. Steps Toward a Theory of Systemic Action
  • First Requirement: Constitute a Diverse Team
  • Second Requirement: Design an Iterative Process
  • Third Requirement: Actively Create Systemic Spaces
  • 8. Starting a Social Lab: Seven How-Tos
  • Strategic versus Tactical Thinking
  • #1 Clarify Intention
  • #2 Broadcast an Invitation
  • #3 Work Your Networks
  • #4 Recruit Willing People
  • #5 Set Direction
  • #6 Design in Stacks
  • #7 Find Cadence
  • Conclusion: Next-Generation Social Labs
  • Averting the Zombie Apocalypse
  • State Collapse: A Stabilization Strategy
  • Climate Change: A Mitigation Strategy
  • Community Resilience: An Adaptation Strategy
  • Battle of the Parts versus the Whole
  • Acknowledgments
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • About the Author
  • About Reos