eLab Leap drives impact using a change lab model, a proven method to catalyze transformation by working over time with a committed and diverse range of stakeholders. Facilitated events and group process are specifically designed to:
- Build bridges between key stakeholders,
- Foster shared understanding and lay a critical foundation, and
- Vault from finding common ground to developing and implementing effective solutions.
Forge — June 2017: RMI is excited to announce Forge 2017, a two-and-a-half day working meeting to accelerate the design of innovative business models that connect low-income households in New York to clean energy benefits. The process of Forge is modeled on RMI’s national eLab Accelerator, where we help teams unlock opportunities to drive projects forward through deep engagement, collaboration, and innovation across institutional boundaries.
Forge 2017 is seeking applications from non-profits, utilities, community-based organizations, local and state government, and entrepreneurs who seek to advance business models. The meeting will be held at the Garrison Institute in Garrison, NY on June 13-15, 2017.
Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis, with recruitment closing April 14. Download the application here.
View full meeting notes and materials on our Resources Page.
- eLab Summit — December 2016: In December 2016, RMI convened the eLab Summit in Austin, Texas. This invitation-only, three-day event forged new connections and learning across the eLab community and eLab initiatives, including a pod focused on new LMI business models.
- CDC Shared Solar Workshop — July 2016: eLab Leap, in partnership with Solar One, convened a technical workshop to further develop and improve a new community shared solar business model concept that leverages the unique capabilities of local non-profit affordable housing providers to enable low-income renters to directly capture economic benefits.
- NY Change Lab Meeting — June 2016: The third meeting of the NY Change Lab, convened in New York City, focused on taking an entrepreneurial mindset to identifying low-income needs. In addition to content training and engaging with a number of guest speakers and experts, participants continued to develop a shared understanding of the current situation,identify key leverage points for making meaningful change, advance lab initiatives to tackle key challenges, and cultivate ongoing momentum for lab activities.
- Training Workshop — May 2016: eLab Leap piloted a training for NY Change Lab initiative champions, focused on collaborative tools for making progress on complex issues and applying Lean Experimentation principles to a non-profit, governmental, or social impact context.
- LIFE 2016 Statewide Conference — May 2016: eLab Leap facilitated a workshop at the NYSERDA Low-Income Forum on Energy statewide conference focused on community access to and engagement models for community distributed generation.
- NY Change Lab Meeting — November 2015: The second meeting of the NY Change Lab, convened in New York City, focused on 1) further developing a shared understanding of the current situation and identifying the key leverage points for making meaningful change, 2) advancing lab initiatives to tackle key challenges, and 3) cultivating ongoing momentum for lab activities. In total, 45 lab participants and ten guest experts attended, representing over 40 different organizations. The meeting resulted in the development of several additional lab initiatives designed to drive forward innovative and collaborative solutions to low-income challenges.
- NY Change Lab Meeting — June 2015: This was the inaugural meeting of the NY Change Lab, convened in New York City. In total, 51 stakeholders were in attendance representing over 40 different low-income and consumer advocates; environmental groups; community-based organizations; federal, state, and local government entities; housing authorities; utilities; regulatory agencies; foundations; financiers; and distributed energy resource service providers. The convening question that shaped the meeting was, “How can we empower and improve the lives of low-income households and communities in a clean energy future?” The meeting resulted in the development of specific lab initiatives designed to drive forward innovative and collaborative solutions to low-income challenges.