FutureLab on Mobility

Entrepreneurial Solutions for Moving Our World

Started in spring 2019, the FutureLab on Mobility seeks to create equity along with economic, social, and environmental progress in partner communities by exploring and developing ideas and solutions to mobility-related dilemmas.

A collaboration between Babson College and the Toyota Mobility Foundation, the FutureLab on Mobility believes that mobility is at the heart of many important societal issues, including individual and community health, economic opportunity, education, equity, access, inclusion, and every UN Sustainable Development Goal.

How We Work

BRINGING TOGETHER DIVERSE STAKEHOLDERS

We know that by experimenting together through networked innovation—across sectors and with community stakeholders—we can better address mobility-related dilemmas. The FutureLab on Mobility brings together a diverse group of individuals, including Babson’s global entrepreneurial community, to engage in robust dialogue about needs related to mobility. We seek to leverage diverse collective expertise, lived experiences, perspectives, relationships, and networks to create lasting, positive economic and social/environmental progress.

CO-CREATING SOLUTIONS WITH COMMUNITIES

The FutureLab on Mobility is community-driven. We activate the expertise and knowledge of partner communities to identify, explore, and co-create solutions to their mobility-related dilemmas. We collaborate with these communities to accelerate impact by using Babson’s Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® methodology, social design principles, and Toyota Mobility Foundation and partner expertise. As part of this work, we seek to effectively use current and relevant data, analytics, and digitization—making these fully accessible to a broad range of stakeholders.

MULTI-SECTOR EXPERIMENTATION AND COLLABORATION

The FutureLab on Mobility is an experiment! We bring together diverse community partners, an entrepreneurial higher educational institution, and a forward-looking corporate foundation to work together in new ways. Together, we want to co-create real solutions that communities can immediately start acting on, with or without ongoing FutureLab on Mobility support. We hope to co-create the conditions by which communities themselves can successfully engage resources and advance ideas.

 

OUR 2019-20 FOCUS:

Multigenerational, Inclusive Mobility

During the 2019–20 academic year, the Babson FutureLab on Mobility will focus on Multigenerational, Inclusive Mobility. For us, this means addressing the need to provide usable, relevant, accessible mobility solutions for people of all ages—with a special focus on older adults and individuals living with disabilities.

We seek to align this work with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s emphasis on thinking differently and innovatively about aging and making Massachusetts a leader in the age-friendly movement, including becoming a global hub for agetech innovation.

To optimize our impact, we have identified two primary partners with whom we will collaborate and co-create potential solutions under our overarching focus: The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA), and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs. Together, we will be exploring potential ways to optimize The RIDE, the MBTA’s door-to-door, shared-ride paratransit service, and exploring door-through-door (vs. point-to-point) mobility support spanning a spectrum of different lifestages and zones (urban, suburban, exurban, rural) across Massachusetts.

Some examples of FutureLab engagement include:

 

GET INVOLVED

If you are passionate about mobility-related dilemmas and developing entrepreneurial solutions for moving our world, please contact Craig Bida, Director of the FutureLab on Mobility: cbida@babson.edu. We welcome you to be a part of our multi-sector, multi-disciplinary experiment!

FUTURELAB ON MOBILITY SPONSOR

The Toyota Mobility Foundation has been working since 2014 to help create a better, more mobile society. By sharing knowledge and best practices, and applying Toyota’s expertise in technology, safety, and the environment, the Foundation seeks to resolve urban transportation challenges, expand options and access for personal mobility, and design human-centered mobility solutions for the future.