Future Labs designs, tests, and partners to scale initiatives related to peacebuilding and international development. We help communities see problems in new ways and solve them collectively by incorporating stakeholder input, empirical research, and thorough evaluation at all stages of the initiative development process.
Good project development requires time and attention to truly understand the context, stakeholders, and issues in ways that are fundamentally different from the current landscape of peacebuilding and international development. Future Labs is not afraid to ask whether or not something works, nor are we afraid to answer that question honestly and adapt accordingly.
Future Labs utilizes a deliberate, iterative process to create peacebuilding and development initiatives which achieve measurable results.
Future Labs approaches armed conflict, peace, and development issues through the lens of complex systems. Many of the world’s problems cannot be reduced to simple chains of cause and effect, as systems can have properties that are not present in individual factors.
Complex systems are resistant to the kind of linear planning and short timetables seen in many peacebuilding and international development programs. Sustainable change requires the kind of iterative, systems-level approach used by Future Labs and its partners.
Future Labs designs and tests scalable models so they can be used by larger, more traditional institutions. Future Labs works with communities to articulate and prove these models, lowering the level of risk over time and providing funders and partners with solutions that are ready to scale.