Here’s the latest episode of my EBD TV experiment, giving a first look at what’s up right now in Chatham at the Emerging Leader Labs incubator.
As mentioned in a previous post, the vision for the Labs is to create a replicable model that brings underutilized physical spaces together with groups of passionate, budding entrepreneurs, covers the basic costs of living and working via gift economy, and provides coaches and tools to help them make their ideas happen. A kind of startup accelerator to help build regional economies.
During the current 6 week Seed Project, a group has assembled to actually build out the core infrastructures for the Labs and prepare the physical space for occupation.
The first few weeks have been spent painting floors, covering the gutted walls with fabric and whiteboards, shop-vac-ing, and so on.
Time is being spent experimenting with “Social DNA” processes, like Presencing, as a tool for getting into group alignment and flow. The hackpad is here. They’ve also made a nice photo montage as the story of the Labs is unfolding.
Participants have also been tracking weekly Intentions, Accomplishments and Failures and putting them in the Seed Project Logs, so there is a record of outcomes from this development phase.
For anyone interested in getting involved, check out the Wish List of gifts the Labs would be happy to receive, or apply to participate in the Fall program. Follow progress on twitter at @EmLeaders, like on Facebook, or contact us with other suggestions.