Local Innovation Lab

Developing leaders our communities need tomorrow

The Local Innovation Lab empowers local commercial and social organizations to integrate leadership through work experience and economic development. The internship program creates opportunities for emerging leaders, entrepreneurs, and students to develop professional skills through humane qualities while serving their communities.

Vision & Values


  • Identify and meet community needs and assets with labor through innovative projects that integrate humane leadership skills and curriculum 
  • Create new local job opportunities
  • Support economic development and student leadership through professional experience


  • Empowerment
  • Collaboration
  • Alignment
  • Community 
  • Fair Strength
  • Generative Care
  • Wise Balance
  • Leadership
  • Compassion
  • Innovation
  • Contribution
  • Visibility
  • Connection
  • Experience

“The Local Innovation Lab is building a bridge between academia, a pool of super smart, talented people and industry and small businesses, which is where they are needed.”

– Ali Tarraf, Imagineer, Host Organization, Spring 2023 Cohort 

The Local Innovation Lab is an internship program made possible by our partners at Southern Oregon University, the Humane Leadership Institute, and the Institute for Applied Sustainability.