Living Labs
A Place-based Innovation Approach


 March 3, 2022 | Virtual Workshop


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3.5 Hour

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Strengthen your understanding and capacity to start a living lab process in your community

Now more than ever, at the local level, communities are confronted with complex ecological and societal issues that require a transformation in the way we collaborate and innovate.

Living Labs have become increasingly recognized as powerful innovation devices to achieve this, due to their unique features:

     • Based on a coalition of public, private, academic and citizen partners

     • A common need and desire for innovation within the communities in which they are anchored

     • A pooling of knowledge, resources, and infrastructures

     • The piloting of experiments in real-life conditions with citizens as the lead

     • A common objective: to understand the challenges of adopting innovations to promote compatibility with their users and the environments in which they are deployed

There are many ways to innovate or collaborate with users, some of which can be deployed relatively quickly and on an ad hoc basis. However, from a systemic change perspective, the living labs have the advantage of simultaneously both being deployed over the long term and hosting ongoing experimentation projects within the same community. These two distinctive elements of living labs require specific governance, management, and facilitation practices.

This virtual workshop, offered in collaboration with the Maison de l'innovation sociale (MIS) and Le Laboratoire en innovation (LLio), will provide you with a better understanding of how Living Labs work, an appreciation of their ability to adapt to your innovation objectives and context, and practical advice to support their deployment. Want to learn more about Living Labs? Read Why a living lab might be the right approach for community and territorial innovation from MIS. 




Workshop Pre Learning


Virtual Workshop Session

1-Hour Individual Pre-Learning 

Prior to Attending Workshop

  • Prepare for the workshop content by watching this webinar on Living Labs
  • Identify in advance some of the questions you will want to explore during the workshop
  • Clarify your learning goals

3.5-Hour Virtual Workshop

March 3, 2022 | 1:00pm - 4:30pm ET

  • Understand Living Labs as an approach to innovation by and for community members.
  • Evaluate the relevance of using a living lab approach to solve a complex issue in your territory or community
  • Explore the different levers to activate a living lab and the steps to implement it. 


Coaching Session

1-Hour Small Group Coaching Session with Fellow-Learners


  • Deepen your understanding of the workshop content in a way that is relevant to your context
  • Receive personalized support to translate your new knowledge into action 

Who Is This Workshop For?

This workshop is designed specifically for individuals who:

  • are considering a social innovation approach to solve a complex issue in their community, whether they are from the community sector, municipal or institutional sectors, or are engaged citizens

    are interested in innovation approaches deployed by and for communities and want to gain a deeper understanding of them.

    are looking for tools and resources to accelerate the achievement of their social and environmental impact goals

    are leaders involved in the development of social impact projects and services at the local and regional levels

    are social innovators or intrapreneurs who wish to further engage their community in social innovation

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Group Registration


CEP, CDC & CBYF Member Registration



Registration for this session is now open and limited to 60 learners to ensure a dynamic learning experience. Participants will be sent a pre-workshop package. Zoom meeting details will be sent in advance and after the event. All participants will receive an email to register for a follow-up small-group coaching session one month after the event.


Registration includes pre-workshop learning and self-assessment package, One 3.5 hour virtual workshop, a one-hour small group coaching session with participants and membership into Tamarack Institute's Learning community. 

Post-workshop, participants will be invited to register for a small-group coaching session. At this interactive session, small groups of workshop participants will be encouraged to share their emerging questions and receive further support in translating the workshop’s learning into action.


Can’t attend the workshop, but love the content? Get in touch with Isaac to learn more about how you can bring a custom version of this workshop to your organization or collaborative.


We want everyone to learn how to improve their community! To ensure this, Tamarack supports low-income learners through the Be a Light Fund. Please reach out to Duncan if you would like to apply for a scholarship. Learn how you can donate to the Be A Light Fund and get a charitable receipt.

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Meet Your Workshop Facilitators

Myriam Bérubé

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Myriam is the Consulting Director for Quebec at the Tamarack Institute. She’s passionate about community innovation and development and brings her understanding of the diversity of experiences made in Quebec into Tamarack’s five interconnected areas of practices (collective impact, community engagement, collaborative leadership, community innovation and evaluating impact) leading to community change. She believes that we can accelerate our effectiveness by learning from one another, thus increasing our social impact and even inspiring others beyond our borders.

Prior to joining Tamarack, she was the lead on the Collective Impact Project (CIP), Montréal’s neighbourhood-based strategy to reduce poverty, an initiative operated by Centraide of Greater Montreal and supported by a major philanthropic, public and community collaboration. This experience gives Myriam practical knowledge of what it takes to navigate complex partnerships and engage with different types of stakeholders in city-wide change.

With 15 years of experience as a project manager in the field of social impact, she loves to explore new and creative pathways to collaboration across sectors. She contributes her experience in philanthropy to changemakers aiming to support collective impact, capacity building and transformative community change.

Hugo Steben

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Hugo Steben holds a B.A.A. in International Management and an M.Sc. in Innovation Management. He has worked in the consulting field for a decade, specializing in innovation capacity building for communities, companies, and public institutions.


In 2013, after working in Quebec and European firms, Hugo founded and managed the Montreal office of Bluenove, a European consulting firm working in open and collaborative innovation.

Hugo has been a lecturer on strategy, innovation, and organizational development at the graduate level at Polytechnique, HEC Montreal, and Laval University in parallel to his consulting activities.

Since February 2017, Hugo Steben has been Director of Social Entrepreneurship at the Maison de l'Innovation Sociale (MIS).
In his role at MIS, he is involved in coaching the development of organizational and territorial social innovation capacities, setting up programmes aimed at the emergence of initiatives with positive social impact, and supporting the leaders of these initiatives in their transition from idea to impact.

Jean-Francois Jasmin

Headshots - 200 x 200 (13)Jean-François Jasmin is a project manager and off the beaten track facilitator at Le Laboratoire en innovation (LLio). He acts as a coach in the planning, design and piloting of Living Lab approaches through which he facilitates co-creation processes involving various types of territorial actors. He has a master's degree in tourism development from the Université du Québec à Montréal and is particularly interested in the use of this approach to address the challenges of climate change in this field.



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