As an experimental narrative workshop, nlab uses story as a research and design framework to create everything from story databases – to strategic campaigns – to television documentaries. Though projects span systems and sectors, most focus on one of the three goals below.
Collaborate and consult on innovation projects to apply 30+ years of expertise to new forms of story design.
Produce story-based content, experiences and strategies designed to educate and engage stakeholders.
Foster creative leadership & innovation capacity through project-based collaboration and experiential learning.
Teach leaders and teams new narrative tools and techniques to help them lead through ambiguity and complexity.
Develop new tools, techniques and theories that use story as a framework to define and drive purpose.
Advance practical research in narrative intelligence and leadership, innovation and engagement design.
CBC, TSN, CTV, Discovery, Rogers (Canada & US)
National Film Board
CanWest Media (National Post)
Urban Development Institute
Money Coaches Canada
THNK School of Creative Leadership
The Next Institute
Social / Agency Sector
Canadian International Development Agency
International Development Research Centre
United Nations Industrial Development Org.
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Vancouver Economic Commission
Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation
Institute for Health System Transformation & Sustainability
BC Council for International Education
Canadian Council on Learning
Sustainable Cities International
Whistler Centre for Sustainability
David Suzuki Foundation
Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion
Pot Luck Cafe
Government of Canada (20 departments)
BC Govt (multiple departments)
City of Surrey
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
Fraser Health Authority
Riverside Hospital Ottawa
Canadian Museum of Civilization
Surrey Art Gallery
National Gallery of Canada
Kidney Foundation of Canada
University of British Columbia
University of Victoria
Simon Fraser University