Body & Soul, Experts & Community Catalysts, Helpers & Brokers, Individuals & Circles
Meraki (a Greek word meaning “putting love, soul and creativity into everything you do”) emerged out of social research and development done inside three charities providing services to persons with cognitive disabilities and their families. The research discovered that people were stuck in routines (both people with cognitive disabilities and their support workers), that both […]
Delivery & Development, Experts & Community Catalysts
Grounded Space 2.0 was based on learning from Fifth Space, Grounded Space 1.0, and the ethnographic work of InWithForward. It recognized that the conditions for social R&D were mostly wrong when performed inside organizations. It was too difficult for employees to wear both a delivery and a development hat and to practice what they were learning […]
We are a sexual health initiative aimed at people with cognitive disabilities and their supporters. We host educational/social events where people can have open, honest conversations about dating, love, relationships, and sex.
A new set of HR routines for growing staff capacity to test ideas, fail, and try again. Fifth Space gives staff, at all levels of the hierarchy, one day a week for curated learning and experimentation. Staff form mixed teams, identify pain points, do original research, and test homegrown solutions.
Building Caring Communities Why Build Caring Communities? The people we support in services are often socially isolated. At the same time, there is considerable research that shows that social relationships are critical to our physical, mental and economic wellbeing. Our goal is to facilitate connections that will develop into friendships and meaningful relationships. We use […]