Innovation Lab

Creating the world we want requires innovation.

While dominant-culture perspectives tell us innovation involves a skill set to acquire, we know that our communities’ long-term survival has already been beautifully innovative. Our existence is evidence that innovation comes from our ancestors.

We innovate by drawing on wisdom that is alive within ourselves and our communities, especially those that have been historically harmed.

Resonance Network supports participants to experiment and learn together as we develop the tools, practices, and systems to create the world we want.  Innovation is a through line in the culture of our network — and a particular focus of our Innovation Lab. Over the last four years, the Innovation Lab has supported 37 short-term projects that seek to find new ways to transform our cultural norms and systems to create a world without violence.

Through their projects, Resonance Innovation Lab participants have gained a deeper understanding of the tangible practices that will enable us to realize the emerging worldview:

  • Radical Imagination: boldly imagining beyond the confines of our current reality to envision what is possible, and living into that future together. Reclaim our ancestral/indigenous wisdom and resilience shapes our innovation toward the word we need. 
  • Creativity: engaging in art, play, and discovery enables us to engage our senses, our intuition, and multiple ways of knowing, expanding the possibilities we can create together
  • Collaboration: grounding in the power of collective ideas and welcoming a variety of perspectives expands what is possible, and enlivens our work together
  • Experimentation: as we forge a new path, a willingness to lean into risk, redefining success and failure, and embracing the growth that comes with the process is key to learning and transforming
  • Adaptation: embracing change to evolve and grow ideas, and shedding what no longer serves us enables us to move toward our purpose in the most meaningful way.  By interrupting perfectionism and attachment to predetermined outcomes, we can respond organically and strategically to inevitable change