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Our Story

Sustainable Living Lab (SL2) was established on the “Living Lab” concept. Pioneered by researchers at MIT, a Living Lab represents a user-centric research methodology for sensing, prototyping, validating and refining complex solutions in real-life contexts. They are open-innovation ecosystems driven by public-private-people partnerships.

Balancing economic growth with social and environmental sustainability is a wicked problem with no silver bullet solution. We are operating in an increasingly VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous) environment with exponential advancements in technologies and business at risk of disruption. Sustainability is the need of the hour, however, we do not view Sustainability as an afterthought or obligation, but as a business advantage and opportunity. In addressing such wicked problems, where the causes and effects are interlinked, the problems are hard to define and constantly evolving – our Living Lab approach is a suitable model. Beyond our expertise in Futures Thinking, Trends Spotting and Open Innovation, we are able leverage our network in the public and private sector in providing our clients a springboard to meet their objectives.

Approach

At SL2, we look at Sustainability from a human ingenuity and technology lens, one does not exist without the other. Truly sustainable solutions call for a commitment to long-term decisions that balance economic, social, and environmental outcomes. Our solutions play out over a longer-term time frame and are implemented on a local action level. Beyond the big ideas, our solutions must make sense on the ground and achieve a new way of thinking and doing, only then do we define it as a success.

To drive innovation, one must discard conventional analogy-based reasoning and adopt a first-principles approach that seeks clarity. We approach each new client’s problems with a fresh mind, free of assumptions, and critically question each “roadblock” to get to the core of what’s hindering business growth objectives, before proposing an innovative, sustainable solution.

Cutting-Edge Technologies for Sustainable Growth

Our approach involves breaking down antiquated ways of thinking and focuses on nurturing a growth mindset. We champion the adoption of cutting-edge technology in Artificial Intelligence and IoT, to spark change and drive a more meaningful, sustainable solution.

United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

SL2 is committed to supporting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through our client engagements and our own initiatives.

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