Leverage Lab is a six-month program that facilitates cross-sector collaboration in order to address shared industry challenges and improve social and environmental impact, productivity, and brand.

After spending 13+ years working with business leaders to improve their practices, we have learned three things:

 

 

 

 

  1. Businesses can implement real, lasting change that benefits the business, the employees, AND the environment.
  2. Big change requires smart collaboration with the right people under the right circumstances.
  3. The importance of experienced facilitators, the right resources, and systems of accountability in pushing systemic boundaries to change business in a way that benefits everyone.

what do participants actually do?

Leverage Lab involves three phases.

  1. Leverage CAMP - with 60 other carefully selected businesses (2015 focused on the textile and hospitality industries).
     
  2. Leverage COLLABORATION - with 5-7 industry leaders,  to meet 3 times over the course of 6 months.
     
  3. Debrief celebration - to share progress, solutions, and lessons learned

You’ll get:

  • Systems thinking 
  • Feedback outlets
  • Deepening of relationship with other like minded organizations
  • Innovation and collaboration opportunities on projects related to identified challenges
  • An opportunity to create large scale impact that affects regulation and infrastructural barriers
  • Leveraging opportunities in tackling common challenges together and at a fraction of the cost
  • A continued sense of camaraderie with like-minded individuals
  • Shared expertise and referral opportunities
  • Recognition and showcasing opportunities

What does it cost?

Thanks to the support of our valued partners, we are excited to announce that the cost to participate is only $449 per business for the entire six-month process.

  • All participants must sign up for the entire 6-month durtion. Exact dates will be determined via Doodle once participants have committed
  • ALL VANCITY BUSINESS MEMBERS ENJOY A 50% DISCOUNT BY EMAILING greenbusiness@vancity.com FOR THE PROMO CODE. 

 

What sets the Leverage Lab process apart?

Its dedicated facilitator, whose role it is to:

  • maintain momentum within each Lab from month to month
  • generate common language around shared problems
  • conduct research between meetings 
  • develop safe spaces with established ground rules
  • set an intention to solve common problems over the six-month duration
  • hold the group accountable to their shared tasks and commitments

Once a lab has completed their six-month cycle, they are brought together with our community partners to share lessons learned, gather feedback, and celebrate their successes.

What participants are saying?

“As a business operating within sustainability, I find it can get lonely not having folks to talk with on a regular basis. It would be very useful to have a group like this where we can get into deep discussion and keep things moving, not a one off event or meeting”
“Organizations need venues for collaboration to avoid redundancy and overlap. Focused conversation could be the way to get people on track. Small groups that work under a bigger framework”