We have built temporary and permanent Labs around the world for countless purposes. Yet they all share a common objective: accelerating innovation and change, and fostering learning and collaboration to help organizations and communities create new solutions, new strategies, and new inspiration to change their world.

World Economic Forum,
The Forum of the Young Global Leaders, 2007
The Future of Y(our) Leadership

On September 4th, 2007, 200 leaders from government, media, academia, civil society, and some of the world’s most innovative companies landed in Dalian, China. Together, they stepped into a collaborative space for four days of intense work, with the purpose of debating the future of leadership and creating a global community of the world’s brightest young leaders.

Media Development Investment Fund, 2011
Board Meeting

The Media Development Loan Fund is an international not-for-profit organization providing affordable financing and technical assistance to independent news, media, and information outlets. In December 2011 its Board members and Management Team, together with industry experts from around the world, engaged in a three-day leadership retreat and worked to redefine the mission of the organization and the evolution of its strategy in the context of a radical transition in journalism due to critical shifts in media, technology, and society. After the Lab, MDLF rebranded itself as the Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF).

OECD, 2011 – The IdeaFactory

During their 50th Anniversary Forum in May 2011, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), supported by Architects of Group Genius, launched the IdeaFactory: a social, intellectual, and physical space for Forum participants and experts to work together on highly complex global issues, combining their experiences and perspectives, and discussing the potential of new approaches and solutions. Over 250 participants gathered for three short sessions to address three crucial ideas: “New Paradigms for Development,” “Greening Growth,” and “Getting Ready for the Jobs of Tomorrow.”

OECD, 2012 – The IdeaFactory – How Can We Build Pathways for Gender Equality?

“How Can We Build Pathways for Gender Equality?” was the key question in the May 2012 IdeaFactory at the OECD Forum. Forum participants and experts engaged in a collaborative, immersive, and interactive session to debate the implications of gender equality and understand how societies and economies might adapt—or struggle to adapt—to the changes in re-balancing roles.

OECD, 2013 – The IdeaFactory – (Re)Building Trust

In May 2013, the OECD_IdeaFactory on “(Re)Building Trust” invited participants and experts to work together in an intense three-hour session to share their ideas, perspectives, and experiences about the issue of trust—and open a conversation on the implications in terms of society, relationships, and future choices.

OECD, 2014 – The IdeaFactory – The Future of the Internet

The “Future of the Internet” IdeaFactory, held at the OECD Forum in May 2014, engaged participants and experts in understanding how the boundaries and possibilities of the Internet—and its role in our society and economy—might evolve. Participants explored how to leverage this new infrastructure to enhance learning, solve big problems, create more jobs, reduce inequality, and accelerate development.

OECD, 2015 – The IdeaFactory

In June 2015, over 250 participants and experts engaged in three collaborative, immersive, and interactive sessions to explore solutions to significant social phenomena: “New Solution Spaces: The Pre-2060 Agenda” – discussing emerging policy challenges and possible solutions needed to put the whole world on track for sustainable development by 2060; “Shaping Our Future Leaders” – exploring the deficits in leadership that contributed to the 2008 financial crisis and discussing the role of business schools in shaping future leaders; and “Climate, Carbon, COP21 & Beyond” – understanding how to move to a low-carbon economy and overcome the lack of political ambition and structural obstacles that are misaligned with climate policy.