This month I joined the newly founded London Chapter of OpenIDEO, which is how I found out about this important challenge. Hats off to MIT D-Lab and others involved in this kind of "ecosystem" work for inclusive, sustainable and peaceful prosperity. Hugely inspiring.
I realise that MIT has a STEM education focus but I'd encourage D-Lab to think in terms of "STEAM" because the very nature of human-centred participatory design, co-creation and the storytelling that goes with it, combines "Art & Science". This also reminds me of two quotes:
“Principles for the Development of a Complete Mind: Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses- especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” ― Leonardo da Vinci
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” – Albert Einstein
Back in 2010 Otto Scharmer ran an MIT course called "U-Lab: Leading Profound Innovation for a More Sustainable World". Does D-Lab cross-pollinate and collaborate with Otto and the U-Lab community too?
To build on this kind of work and accelerate the global shift needed, every village, town and city should have (and indeed be) a "Future Ready Inclusive Societal Innovation & Development Hub", unleashing and channelling the vast treasure trove of local and global collective (human, artificial and natural) intelligence and capability for whole new levels of collective flourishing, progress and systemic thrive-ability.