The aim of our Good Women Innovation Labs is to create a forum where women across all communities, ages and backgrounds come together to learn, share, grow and create. Each month, we focus on a specific social issue, watching relevant talks and inviting people with expertise in the area to give their insight. Following the knowledge sharing, we open the floor to discussion, which identifies the ideas that resonate most strongly with the group.
The innovation labs are an inclusive group for anyone who feels passionate about the topic, curious about the issue or would like to meet people to create social change. We decided to move away from pre-set outcomes and see what emerges from the community’s collective intelligence. As part of this, we started discussing about the idea of prioritising internal innovation before we generate concrete ideas:
“Our greatest resource is our depth. When we access it, we gain perspective and are able to make the most impact in our fields of endeavour. This inner resource, feeds and nourishes us to find the creative ways that are needed for us to define ourselves and influence the world. We are challenging the glass ceiling in so many ways however are we aware of our own glass ceiling?
We want to find ways to develop our inner selves, giving us the resilience and perspective to see the challenges without being polarised whilst discussing together issues common to us all." Alison Manning
Ultimately, the goal is to challenge the way we see the world; to learn and empower each other to co-create change. We’re curious as to what will emerge: it could be a campaign, a mentorship programme, a business or even a support group. We don’t know what will happen with the innovation labs and that's what makes them so exciting.
On the 25th of April we will be focusing on Affordable Housing (aligned with one of the UN Global Goals) and we are still looking for speakers. Bear in mind that you don’t have to be an expert to speak so if you tackle Workplace wellbeing as part of your work or if you are passionate about this topic, email Floree at email@example.com to get involved.
Good Women is a free and open network for women - across sectors, organisations, professions and at different stages of life - interested in social and environmental change. Hosted by talent consultancy and incubator Koreo the network's ambition is to inspire and mobilise female talent to addressing some of the pressing complex issues we face today.
Koreo develops people, organisations and networks to address the defining issues of our time.
Special thanks to Impact Hub Islington for offering us the space. Part of a global network of locally owned collaborative working spaces, their primary aim is to support organisations with positive social and environmental impact at the heart of their missions. They provide flexible access to workspace and curate a supportive, collaborative environment for these impact makers.