About Learn Do Share

Learn Do Share (LDS) is a grassroots innovation engine; a combination of events, labs and peer production. We are a community for open collaboration, design fiction and social innovation.

The three words LEARN, DO and SHARE embody our philosophy: we learn from everyone. we do by prototyping. we share what we learn.

Our events and labs are gatherings for ad-hoc groups to meet, ideate and work out concepts for a common good.

Our peer production cycles help groups stay together to co-create prototypes of their collective imaginations. The most prominent are Caine’s Arcade, My Sky Is Falling, and The BUKE.

Our books, documentaries and projects are carried forth by our participants to inspire other people to do the same.

Our Learn Do Share lab’s methodology and framework, which we like to call an OS (operating system) is being adapted by Universities, non-profits organizations and makerspaces as a tool to help tackle wicked problems by harnessing storytelling, play, designing thinking and collaboration. Over the last four years, we’ve collaborated with Jorgen van der Sloot and FreedomLab to design and prototype a social innovation lab to explore solutions for complex problems. The Learn Do Share lab runs at our events as well as having been staged for Columbia University, the UN and the Danish Government.

Learn Do Share is global prototype developed and run by Columbia University

Our mission is inspired by this quote from visionary and architect Buckminster Fuller:

“Make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.”

- Buckminster Fuller

  • Upcoming Events

    Oct 10th – 12th
    Learn Do Share Los Angeles

    Nov 25th
    Learn Do Share Ghent

    Civic Innovation Lab Launches in LA

    We’re excited to announce the launch of Civic Innovation Lab Los Angeles. A partnership between Learn Do Share, Hub LA & the City of LA. For more info visit civicinnovationlab.la

     

  • Our Learn Do Share lab’s methodology and framework, which we like to call an OS (operating system) is being adapted by Universities, non-profits organizations and makerspaces as a tool to help tackle wicked problems by harnessing storytelling, play, designing thinking and collaboration. Over the last four years, we’ve collaborated with Jorgen van der Sloot and FreedomLab to design and prototype a social innovation lab to explore solutions for complex problems. The Learn Do Share lab runs at our events as well as having been staged for Columbia University, the UN and the Danish Government.

Volunteers Wanted

We’re currently looking for volunteers to help with a number of ground breaking projects. If you’re interested in storytelling, play, design thinking and social innovation drop us a line.

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Visit our knowledge base – articles, fieldbooks, manuals, case studies & whitepapers. All co-created and shared under a creative commons license.

frequently asked

  • What is Learn Do Share?
    Learn Do Share is a resource on collaboration, design fiction and social innovation.Focusing on the cross-section between design thinking, collaboration and storytelling, we release quarter-yearly pdf-books. In addition to our changemaker conversations we create a series of case studies and manuals, each of which explains and reflects on collaborative experiments and social prototyping. Our work is developed by scientists, storytellers, designers, hackers, producers, fans, architects and engineers. Read more in the about section
  • How to set a theme?
    The theme is determined by the local producer based on a discussion with the core LDS team. We encourage local producers to connect so that themes can cross boarders.