Flip through the three things we do

Alongside people in homes, neighborhoods, and systems.


Starter Projects (3 weeks to 3 months)

We do immersive research to understand the lives of people who are left out and experiencing lousy outcomes. Together, we identify which mechanisms might prompt change & create scenarios for new services & networks. Products include sets of stories & research materials.


Prototypes (3-9 months)

We run small-scale versions of new services and neighborhood networks to work out what actually creates change, and ways to deliver. Products include new user-facing roles, materials & interactions. Along with system-facing hiring processes, procurement frameworks & metrics.


Immersive Learning (ongoing)

We offer Residences and Seminars to help workers, managers, & policymakers extract lessons from live projects and apply to their own contexts. We think scale happens by spreading principles and capacity. Products include podcasts, films, case studies, and articles.

ProjectDrop-in or drop-out?

by Yani, November 5, 2015

Over six months, we're partnering with West Neighbourhood House and the people who use & work in the Drop-in Centre to make, test, and iterate new practice based on the 7 Mechanisms of Change. What will prompt change, for whom? Read on

ProjectKudoz & Fifth Space Prototypes Page

by Sarah, November 23, 2014

Kudoz is a catalogue of hundreds of splendid learning experiences, hosted by passionate locals, for folks living with a cognitive disability. Fifth Space is an inter-agency social Research & Development lab, the first of its kind in the space, for staff of disability agencies to use 20% of their time to work in teams and develop more solutions like Kudoz. Watch and read what we're learning. Read on

ProjectPeterborough Starter Project Page

by Satsuko, June 6, 2015

We're coaching a local team to answer the question: How can we enable folks in bullshit or non-existent jobs to move in directions they value? Over the next six months, we'll support the Community Opportunity and Innovation Network (C.O.I.N) to spend time with folks left out of labor market statistics and develop alternative ways of making a good living. Read on

ProjectToronto Starter Project Page

by Sarah, February 28, 2014

We've captured 16 stories of people like Beaker, Telia, and Dwayne who use the Drop-in Center on the corner of Queen and Bathurst. All to understand the barriers and enablers to change versus belonging. We've got a set of ideas for transforming day services. Starting in Fall 2015, we'll be prototyping these ideas & running a learning circle in Toronto. Read on

ProjectBurnaby Starter Project Page

by Yani, January 17, 2014

How can we enable people to develop a great sense of self, and the connections that go along with that? Especially when you're labeled as disabled, senior, immigrant, or low-income? We spent 10 weeks collecting 50 stories, and developing 5 ideas. We started prototyping one of those ideas, Kudoz, in January 2015. Read on

ProjectApeldoorn Starter Project Page

by Jonas, January 22, 2014

How do we support women experiencing domestic violence in their transition from dependence to interdependence? That's the question we asked over 3 months of fieldwork in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. We're now sharing the stories of the women we met, and trying to get some momentum for the ideas that emerged. Read on

ProjectImmersive Residencies Page

by Satsuko, February 15, 2016

We think learning is at its richest when in-context. Immersive Residencies are a way for teams and individuals interested in learning and trying out our methods to get their hands dirty. The offer is to jump into the middle of our somewhat messy and always surprising project work to get a feel for the realities of trying to work backwards from outcomes to scalable ideas. Read on