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People + Place + Purpose = Lab

The Lab is a not-for-profit place where people can experiment and be experimented on in service of enlivening human beings.  It is a safe haven for creative expression and failing happy.  Born in 2015, it has evolved through a number of forms and, a bit like the legend of the phoenix, each time a format begins to get stale and repetitive, it dies and is reborn.

The current format has a very minimal structure – People (whoever attends) + Place (a space) + Purpose (Lab Manifesto).  Anybody can host a Lab around these three elements.  The content is discovered live between those who attend. Whoever shows up is whoever was meant to show up. You can come along to try something out or come along to take part in the experiments. You can come along and bring an experiment you have already thought of or you might discover an experiment ‘live’.

There are three simple rules for Lab experiments: 1) I have never tried it before, 2) I have no idea if it is going to work or not, 3) It is in service of enlivening human beings.

The next Lab is:

FRIDAY 13th October 2017
The Poor School, London N1 9JY
Tickets: £30* (+ booking fee)
Host: Steve

Artefacts from previous Labs

“I came away feeling energised and inspired.  It was great to meet such eclectic yet like minded souls.  A total treat to have the space to play. “

“It was really fun to meet everyone and breath the air of creativity and
entrepeneurship spirit – very inspiring! “

“Just the right environment for safe failure.  Magic!”

“Great fun and with a bunch of brave, intelligent, caring folk.”

“Astounding depth and breadth of experience with a fiercely talented and honest group.”

“Genuinely a place to try something new and not worry about whether it will work or not or what others will think of you.”

“Strangely, it seemed that the risk of failure made the impact of these experiments far more powerful that those which are normally tried and tested.”

“A brilliant day expanding human awareness with great people. So buzzin.”

“Fantastic to genuinely experiment with absolutely no pressure to make things work. Thank you.”

“Thank you all for such an amazing afternoon. I will never have a first ever experiment again and I really enjoyed it. I’m already thinking of other experiments I can bring.”

“T’was a brilliant day, hope to be back soon.”

“The Lab feels like something very special.”

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* The Lab is not-for-profit due to the belief that the transaction of cash for services has a detrImental impact on the nature of pure ‘fail happy’ experimentation.  The Lab fee of goes to cover venue hire, materials, PR and any surplus goes into reserves, REFERRED TO AS “THE LAB FOUNDATION.”   THESE FUNDS ARE USED TO PAY for future Lab activities, subsidise future Labs that may not have enough attendees OR TO PAY FOR A PLACE FOR those who wish to attend but do not have the financial means to do so.  The accounts for the Lab AND THE LAB FOUNDATION are available on request.