Social Innovation Lab: Week 3

June 7, 2016

Social Innovation Lab: Week 3

Social Innovation Lab: Week 3

After week three I feel as though we have collected enough information to narrow our problem, and start to develop a solution. I feel as though we have begun asking the same questions in each meeting and could be tailoring them to a more specified area of the overall problem. As a group we had a very informative meeting with Bob from TE Connectivity about his current workforce and his search for new hires. We also went to The Artisan’s Asylum and greentown labs where we met some very interesting people who are collaborating and innovating for the future. – Dan Rittenhouse

Week three of the Social Innovation Lab was a good amount of networking with businesses such as a food truck, Boston Market, and different forms of maker-spaces. This was great insight in what it takes to start up different non-profit and for-profit organizations. The Boston Market initiative has proven that if different communities come together for the greater good that the idea will thrive because so many believe in it.  The two different forms of maker-spaces, Artisan’s Asylum and Greentown, had two separate models of a maker-space. This was really vital information and insight because it gets us one step closer to understanding the disconnect between manufacturing and maker-spaces. – Nemanja “Nemo” Predojavic

I was only here for one day since I had to go to the NCCWSL Conference in Maryland. For that day we went to TE Connectivity and got a tour of the manufacturing floor, which helped us get a better idea of what a day in the life of a manufacturer would be like. Afterwards, we met up with the owners of the Chili Mango + Lime food truck. They told us about owning a food truck, running their business, and how they market to people. – Meg Ortega

Week three was short but busy. It was very informative to be able to take a trip to TE Connectivity and see a manufacturing center. Seeing the baseline of the extraordinary playscapes exhibit at the Boston Society of Architecture was insightful and we got some interesting information about play from the posters they have covering the walls. Nemo and I got to set up a schedule for our plans for the BCM group for the next couple weeks and I’m feeling confident about what’s coming! – Rachel Bonia

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