labs & workshops for the community

Empowering the community

to make lasting impact

through design.

Novel labs

Novel Labs is the embodiment of our desire to empower people to do meaningful, positive work. After years of operating as trainers, coaches, and mentors in official and unofficial capacities, we realized we should formalize opportunities to grow people in and outside of our community. We run through a variety of exercises and practical application to teach lab collaborators how to more effectively solve problems.

Organizations are constantly encountering new issues, and it is often difficult for leaders to find the clarity to determine what problems should be solved first. Novel Labs are work sessions for identifying, prioritizing, and solving the most pressing problems. After a Novel Lab session, collaborators will be equipped with tools to approach the strategic and day-to-day issues of their organizations.

We offer Novel Labs as private sessions to individual organizations as well as public sessions to individuals from the community. For organizations, sessions can be held on-premises, but we generally suggest an off-premises meeting facility. It could be a coworking space in downtown Pittsburgh or a barn in the Texas Hill Country. Wherever we meet, we guarantee there will be plenty of coffee and new ideas!