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Registration for U.Lab now open!

Screenshot of edX enroll screen

It’s an exciting day today – registration for the next U.Lab is now open!

And not only that but if you are participating from Scotland, there is an extra special thing we’d like you to do – complete a short questionnaire that will get you access to some additional U.Lab Scotland activities.

To find this questionnaire, you will need to: Continue reading

Needed in next 24 hours: Your stories for Thursday’s live session!

​The u.lab team are looking for stories for Thursday’s live session! Here’s part of the email they sent out:

We just filmed our latest office hours video, and around 4:25 in the video, we ask you to send us stories that we can feature in Thursday’s Live Session. What have you experienced in your coaching circles? How have you used Social Presencing Theater? What did you learn on your sensing journeys or stakeholder interviews?

Let us know with a short video (30-60 seconds, YouTube or Vimeo), a photo or short paragraph. Send it to u.lab@presencing.com and we may use it in Thursday’s Live Session.

You inspire you, the u.lab newsletter has some great stories from around the world. 

Week 0 – discombobulating and orientating?

U.Lab officially started last Thursday with the release of week 0 material and while many hubs have already met for the first time, in some ways, it still feels like it hasn’t quite started yet.  You may have thought, “what’s a week 0?!”  Well, week 0 is an orientation week to give you some time to become familiar with the structure and features of U.Lab before really get stuck into the content of the course. Continue reading

“Welcome, World” she whispered, excitedly


Source: Edinburgh International Festival


If you’ve been in Edinburgh over the summer, you might recognise this sign.  It was the advertisement for the Edinburgh International Festival, which ended a few weeks ago.  It felt an appropriate gesture then with the city’s population reportedly doubling during the festival, and feels just as appropriate now as we finally begin u.lab together today.

There is a great deal of interest in what we’re doing together here in Scotland.  I admit that I get excited when I see tweets like this one: Continue reading

Kicking off u.lab 2016 with energy and inspiration – National Assembly event 1 Sept 2016

Yesterday, over 80 people came together to prepare for u.lab starting next week at the aptly named “Hub” in Edinburgh.  It was great to see some familiar faces from last year, and even more new ones of people taking part for the first time.

The ulabscot holding team hosted an experiential day, based around the U, where we could explore our reasons for taking part in u.lab together and make connections with each other.

1 sept 2016 - outline for day

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Hosting a hub of residents in Portobello, Edinburgh by Peter Ashe

We hope that our series on hub hosting has shown how diverse a hub can be, both in terms of make-up and in how it is hosted.  If you would like to share your experiences or how you are going about preparing yourself for your hub, please get in touch with Keira (Keira.Oliver@gov.scot)

And so in the last of our planned series of hub hosting, Peter Ashe tells us about their hub of residents in the Portobello area of Edinburgh:

What sort of hub were we?

About 25-30 people were more-or-less routinely involved; we met on Monday evenings (the learning material was released on Thursdays) for two hours or more, at TribePorty, a shared workspace in Portobello.

‘u.lab Scotland’ had encouraged people to come together in place or topic based hubs. In Portobello, we weren’t really either of these. We took the stance that allowing ‘themes’ or topics to emerge as the course went on, rather than declaring one or more, upfront.

Three of us shared the routine activities of hosting, with valuable contributions from others for specific activities. Continue reading

Our Hub Experience in Lanarkshire by Carol Chamberlain

In the second of our “hub hosting” series, Carol Chamberlain tells us of her experience and reflections of hosting a cross-sector hub in Lanarkshire:


Lanarkshire Hub blog post

How we started it

Following the three national u.lab events that took place in summer 2015 (click here for videos of the preparatory events), and the invitation that was out there to form hubs, I put an invitation out initially to about 15 people. What also happened, and I think will happen with any hub forming is that the word of mouth acts as a strong medium for this and just through talking and sharing and others hearing the enthusiasm and excitement that comes from being involved with u.lab, is that those curious for change will be attracted to come along. This is what happened with our hub. Although I put the invitation out, I was conscious that there had been at least three other people from different organisations/sectors who had attended the national events so I was confident that the passion was there to get together. Even writing this I am uncomfortable writing I was, as it is/was clear from an early stage that the collectivism was there from the beginning and you are part of a “we, us, “experience and not an “I, me”

What worked? Continue reading