Recently we were in Sri Lanka working with, and visiting our new international neighbours Citra – the first social innovation lab in South Asia, a joint venture of Sri Lanka Government and UNDP. Citra is a Sanskrit word that means curious, wonderful, and strange.
TACSI have partnered with Citra to help recruit and train a multidisciplinary team that now includes ten people with backgrounds in design, data science, behavioural psychology, policy, social research, engineering, economics, politics and communications.
“We’ve been talking about these processes for some time now as we’ve been setting up the lab and we weren’t really clear on them. Now when we see how these techniques actually work – grounded in the challenges that we are being presented – it’s very encouraging and brilliant.”
– Yassas Thalagala, Project coordinator
We’re running a week of hands-on learning and helping Citra develop their process for social innovation through a live project focussed on reducing road traffic accidents. We’re also helping them develop the behaviours and routines it takes to effectively apply such a diverse team to tough social and economic challenges.