Engaging stakeholders to reimagine global development through innovation

Whether aimed at innovating in education, agriculture, health, or another sector, GKI’s Social Innovation Lab provides a tailored process to unite previously unlinked fields, thinkers, and ideas to deliver solutions.  GKI’s Lab program pulls from a toolbox that includes strategy development, operational planning, and human-centered design.  GKI’s Lab facilitates collaborative innovation at three critical stages: determining a problem to solve, creating and testing solutions to a complex problem, and implementing solutions.  Chief among its strengths, our Lab uses the collective power of experts and end-users to understand problems from a range of perspectives before designing solutions.  Doing so, it charts a bold course: to change the trajectory of development by unleashing collaborative innovation.

In 2013 GKI was asked if our unique tools and approaches for engaging diverse stakeholders in solving complex problems might be called a Social Innovation Lab.  We thought about it, and agreed.  Why?  When you combine GKI’s collaborative innovation tools and process with a commitment to radically change the who and the how of innovation, something powerful occurs.  We think this integrated approach to collaborative innovation is greater than the sum of its parts.  Shortly after that call, GKI was invited to join design firm IDEO, Cambodia’s iDE, Stanford University’s ChangeLab, MARS Lab and a small handful of other best-in-class Social Innovation Labs at a convening in Bellagio, Italy hosted by The Rockefeller Foundation.  This Bellagio meeting aimed to investigate and amplify the impact of the world’s top Social Innovation Labs. We were thrilled to join this community and emerged inspired to share our Social Innovation Lab program globally.

Social Innovation Labs Initiatives


  • Research: Antestia Bug as it Relates to Potato Taste Defect in Coffee
    Research publication confirming the link between the occurrence of potato taste defect in coffee and the presence of the Antestia bug
  • Innovating the Future of Food Systems Executive Summary (PDF)
    An overview of our report on innovations with the potential to transform food systems in emerging markets
  • Innovating the Future of Food Systems Report (PDF)
    A report on innovations with the potential to transform food systems in emerging markets
  • South Africa ICT in Education Lab Report (PDF)
    South Africa ICT in Education Challenge Scoping Lab Report
  • A Primer on Social Innovation Labs (PDF)
    Introducing Social Innovation Labs, what they are, what they offer, and how GKI builds social innovation labs to unleash transformational innovation (PDF)