London Borough Faith Network's Social Labs
London Boroughs Faiths Network includes community organisations which are involved in many different areas of interest and are developing new ways to encourage problem solving.
Social labs* bring together people with different backgrounds and skills to tackle complex problems.
London Boroughs Faiths Network includes community organisations which are involved in many different areas of interest. Our regular meetings have grown in size. This enables more and more practitioners to meet up from across the capital on a regular basis, but it also means it’s no longer possible to have in-depth discussion, each time, on all the topics which concern us. We’re looking at different ways of working and meeting.
Six themes of particular interest to LBFN are listed here. If you would like to join one of these social labs (or suggest another), please contact the LBFN team.
- Health & Wellbeing: including the community co-production of public services such as mental health, dementia, TB, cardio-vascular health, IAPT, end of life care.
- Peace-building & the Olympic Truce including convening the London Peace Network.
- European Links: European Network on Religion and Belief and convening ENORB UK.
- Criminal Justice: local engagement with the Metropolitan Police, the British Transport Police and HM Prison Service.
- Intersectionality: where discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief intersects with other kinds of discrimination, eg race, gender. A women’s group has formed.
- Multifaith Spaces & Chaplaincy: practical & theological aspects of multifaith spaces and the role of chaplains in the public sector.
* Zaid Hassan coined the phrase, “Issues like poverty, ethnic conflict, and climate change are incredibly dynamic and complex, involving an ever-shifting array of factors, actors, and circumstances. They demand a more fluid and adaptive approach. Social labs are a more effective approach.