Putting Theory into Practice


CoLab works with MIT students, faculty, staff, and technical resources to translate its vision and mission into practice. We:



CoLab utilizes its convening power to engage marginalized communities with strategic partners and stakeholders – and with each other – to build leadership capacity within those communities.


We serve as a research and development hub which harness the depth of wisdom in marginalized communities to address issues of inequality. CoLab applies unique participatory planning tools to generate knowledge from communities consistently overlooked in traditional development planning.


CoLab engages directly with marginalized communities during disruptive moments of change, working at the ground level with community leaders to help determine how local assets can be utilized to catalyze economic, social, and racial justice.