Social innovation in a violent world
The Safety Lab is an innovation test center focussed on safety & security in the Western Cape.
We conceptualise and incubate paradigm-shifting solutions.
Lab engagement starts with a question: ‘What’s going on here?’
The purpose of our inquiries is to gain enough insight to inform action. This lays the foundation for responsible experimentation, in turn driving the development of effective, street-ready and sustainable models.
Projects are designed around ‘fulcrum points’: specific links in a causal chain where intervention can have disproportionate impact.
We are a ‘test center’ rather than an implementation agency, focusing on rapid on-the-ground activation. We operate as ‘open source’, in broad collaboration with the private sector, government, academia, communities, development agencies and the South African Police Service.
The Lab’s multi-disciplinary core team spans economics, finance, project management, criminology, management consulting, social activism and marketing. We are supported by field teams and a network of experts offering specialized skills on a project basis.
We are always happy to hear from you. Please see our full contact details.
The Lab has been working with community members and local structures in a number of communities across the City of Cape Town.