The MIL (Multnomah Idea Lab) was created in November 2015 and is a learning laboratory within Multnomah County’s Department of County Human Services (DCHS). We use innovation and design approaches to address systemic injustice that results from the intersection of poverty and racism.  We have three areas of focus - equity and human centered collaborative design, critical thinking and thought partnership, and applied research.  We offer internal consultancy services within the County and other jurisdictions, and test new and research based ideas to systematically eliminate racial wealth, assets, and income gaps.