G-Lab

G-Lab, in association with the School of Global Studies (SGS), was founded to help social entrepreneurs turn their ideas into reality and sustain their social enterprises. Our mission is to partner with social entrepreneurs and key supporting players to build the capacity of social enterprises and to co-create social innovation. We also provide workshops suitable for social enterprises and high impact (social purpose) organizations at various stages of their development, ranging from incubation to scaling, and to deployment, ongoing growth and maintenance.

Co-Creation

Through our social innovation process, we work closely in collaboration with organizations who need fresh perspectives and new solutions or approaches in order to create new social innovations to enhance their social impact. Our clients come from various sectors including private companies, social enterprises, government, public organizations, and NGOs.

Our process is human-centered, pragmatic, holistic, and collaborative. We seek to understand and empathize with each stakeholder who will be using or be affected by our new products or creations. Moreover, we recognize that social challenges happen within the context of complex social system interactions. Thus, we also seek to develop holistic understanding of the problem and its context and how each component in the system interacts. We then take those deep understandings as the core values when designing, creating and testing new prototypes with our client organizations. These processes are iterative and constantly changing by nature. In the end, however, we make sure that whatever we create, it responds to the real needs of the stakeholders.

Our collaborative projects could be focusing on design research — evaluating the context, identifying challenges, understanding target users and focusing on creativity — innovating for higher impact, prototyping and testing new solutions products, including the development of a scaling-up strategy.

Past and Ongoing Co-Creation Project Partners:

  • Rockefeller Foundation
  • Oxfam
  • Learn Education
  • Labor Rights Promotion Network
  • UNFPA and Deegroup
  • A Telco Company
  • JP Morgan
  • PTT (Petroleum Authority of Thailand)
  • Bangjak

Through our social innovation process, we work closely in collaboration with organizations who need fresh perspectives and new solutions or approaches in order to create new social innovations to enhance their social impact. Our clients come from various sectors including private companies, social enterprises, government, public organizations, and NGOs.

Our process is human-centered, pragmatic, holistic, and collaborative. We seek to understand and empathize with each stakeholder who will be using or be affected by our new products or creations. Moreover, we recognize that social challenges happen within the context of complex social system interactions. Thus, we also seek to develop holistic understanding of the problem and its context and how each component in the system interacts. We then take those deep understandings as the core values when designing, creating and testing new prototypes with our client organizations. These processes are iterative and constantly changing by nature. In the end, however, we make sure that whatever we create, it responds to the real needs of the stakeholders.

Our collaborative projects could be focusing on design research — evaluating the context, identifying challenges, understanding target users and focusing on creativity — innovating for higher impact, prototyping and testing new solutions products, including the development of a scaling-up strategy.

Past and Ongoing Co-Creation Project Partners:

  • Rockefeller Foundation
  • Oxfam
  • Learn Education
  • Labor Rights Promotion Network
  • UNFPA and Deegroup
  • A Telco Company
  • JP Morgan
  • PTT (Petroleum Authority of Thailand)
  • Bangjak

Incubation & Scaling Up

From passion to ideas, from ideas to business models, from business models to start-ups, social entrepreneurs often face different challenges in every step along the way to the success of creating the social enterprises they have envisioned. At G-Lab, we have worked closely with social entrepreneurs from the very first step of framing the social challenges to eventually testing specific prototypes. Starting from identifying existing challenges, we transition to generating ideas to approach such challenges and then try to further develop and test a prototype to strengthen the ideas.

After testing each prototype and determining that the models work, social entrepreneurs at this stage would need strategies to grow their enterprises and scale up their social impact. We provide a wide range of strategies including the expansion of the organization itself or letting others play a part in expanding the innovation. At this stage, each social enterprise typically faces different challenges which requires different strategies and we work closely with each social enterprise on an individual, case-by-case basis.

We provide our services in 5 key functional areas:

  1. Research Insight
  2. User Feedback
  3. Scaling Plans
  4. Social Impact Assessment
  5. Project Positioning

From passion to ideas, from ideas to business models, from business models to start-ups, social entrepreneurs often face different challenges in every step along the way to the success of creating the social enterprises they have envisioned. At G-Lab, we have worked closely with social entrepreneurs from the very first step of framing the social challenges to eventually testing specific prototypes. Starting from identifying existing challenges, we transition to generating ideas to approach such challenges and then try to further develop and test a prototype to strengthen the ideas.

After testing each prototype and determining that the models work, social entrepreneurs at this stage would need strategies to grow their enterprises and scale up their social impact. We provide a wide range of strategies including the expansion of the organization itself or letting others play a part in expanding the innovation. At this stage, each social enterprise typically faces different challenges which requires different strategies and we work closely with each social enterprise on an individual, case-by-case basis.

We provide our services in 5 key functional areas:

  1. Research Insight
  2. User Feedback
  3. Scaling Plans
  4. Social Impact Assessment
  5. Project Positioning

Workshops

We provide experiential workshops that empower social entrepreneurs to engage in the process of transforming their passion and ideas into reality.

Organizations for whom we have conducted workshops include:

Intel China, UNDP, USAID, Changefusion, Ashoka, Mae Fah Luang Foundation (Doi Tung), Design for Social Innovation and Leadership from UNPeace, Professors of Chulalongkorn Business School, TRUE Cooperation, and Siam Commercial Bank (SCB).

In addition to workshops, we also work one-on-one with emerging organizations to help them in specific areas such as grant proposal writing, basic legal knowledge, and personal skill development. (e.g., communication, public speaking, teamwork, and coaching skills)

We provide experiential workshops that empower social entrepreneurs to engage in the process of transforming their passion and ideas into reality.

Organizations for whom we have conducted workshops include:

Intel China, UNDP, USAID, Changefusion, Ashoka, Mae Fah Luang Foundation (Doi Tung), Design for Social Innovation and Leadership from UNPeace, Professors of Chulalongkorn Business School, TRUE Cooperation, and Siam Commercial Bank (SCB).

In addition to workshops, we also work one-on-one with emerging organizations to help them in specific areas such as grant proposal writing, basic legal knowledge, and personal skill development. (e.g., communication, public speaking, teamwork, and coaching skills)

Want to Collaborate?

We always invite and welcome collaboration! Our mission is to co-create and innovate as many social innovations as possible in a unique partnership with social purpose organizations and passionate individuals who are determined to make a difference. Collaboration is at the heart of our core belief to promote excellence in every one and in every organization. Within our existing network, we can also incorporate key players into the ecosystem who can provide unique support to each social impact organization as needed.

Should you be interested in collaborating, partnering, innovating, or just conversing with us, please don’t hesitate to contact us: glab@sgs.tu.ac.th

We always invite and welcome collaboration! Our mission is to co-create and innovate as many social innovations as possible in a unique partnership with social purpose organizations and passionate individuals who are determined to make a difference. Collaboration is at the heart of our core belief to promote excellence in every one and in every organization. Within our existing network, we can also incorporate key players into the ecosystem who can provide unique support to each social impact organization as needed.

Should you be interested in collaborating, partnering, innovating, or just conversing with us, please don’t hesitate to contact us: glab@sgs.tu.ac.th

Get In Touch

If you’re interested in one of our programs please send us a message and we’ll get back to you.

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