The 13 community-driven teams were introduced to our social innovation framework over a series of prototyping workshops and smaller planning sessions. They started small, first building a game plan during a kick-off workshop. The gameplan encouraged teams to come up with a way to quickly test a "slice" of their solution. Teams then explored how they might deliver that test using storyboards, refining their idea at every step. A followup workshop gave the prototype teams a chance to share their storyboards with another group. After adapting their plans based on the feedback they received it was time to test these ideas in the community using a small field test.
With these 13 prototypes, we were trying to change either the narrative, the network or the system. Changing the narrative would mean we were changing the story around the neighbourhoods and the people in it. Changing the network would reflect how people and groups changed the ways they worked together. Finally change to the system would be to change overall structures or policies.
After testing these prototypes, the teams took time to pause and reflect on what happened. What did we learn from testing the prototype? Did it have the impact we intended? What could be improved? Is there value to improving, going in a new direction or discontinuing?
All of the prototypes were shared at a public showcase event in May 2018, where the public could see and feel the prototypes, ask questions and provide feedback about the small-scale solutions. It was another opportunity to learn and improve together.