Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund is a centre of applied social research with a thematic focus on labour and (social) innovation.
17.02.2017 – Each country has its unique ecosystem in which social innovations emerge and develop. Asian national ecosystems for social innovation are Ken Ito’s research focus. He is a professor at Keio University. Together with his research team, he has paid Dortmund a visit.
08.02.2017 – Dr. Bastian Pelka and Jens Maylandt represented the sfs during the fourth interim meeting of the Horizon 2020 project I-Linc. The meeting marks the start into the last project year.
12.01.2017 – Janosch Sbeih from the Social Research Centre Dortmund facilitated a discussion about similarities, differences and interactions between the hacker scene and the maker movement at the international hacker congress 33C3 in Hamburg. Thereby the characteristics of the EU-research project MAKE-IT were shown to the audience.
03.01.2017 – 25 international project partners of the EU-funded large scale project SI-DRIVE “Social Innovation: Driving Force of Social Change” have mapped 1.005 social innovation initiatives belonging to seven policy fields on all five continents of the world. The results of the first world-wide comparative analysis give exciting insights into the highly diverse world of social innovation, the variety of actors and their interaction, and the complexity of the ongoing innovation processes.
21.12.2016 – The research of Maker communities across Europe and the new dynamic structures and chances of this young, constructive and dynamic movement were focussed at a workshop in Austria. Janosch Sbeih and Marthe Zirngiebl from the Social Research Centre Dortmund discussed thereby the Maker Movement’s societal impact potential and became Makers for two hours.
06.12.2016 – A great milestone for I-LINC: The national conference in Germany was hosted on 1st December within the Online Educa Berlin and brought valuable feedback from stakeholders in the field of ICT based learning.
05.12.2016 – On November 15, 2016, Social Research Centre sfs received a group of young professionals from both countries as part of the 46th Young Leader Seminar of the German-Russian Forum.
29.11.2016 – Jens Maylandt presented research results from the I-Linc project to the participants of the EAPRIL conference in Porto (November/22-25/ 2016). Presented and discussed were the results of a desk research on an online survey, covering the actors in the fields of “digital skills”, “youth employment” and “entrepreneurship”.
16.11.2016 – Dmitri Domanski spoke upon the invitation of the Social Innovation Acceleration in Cities (SIAC) network about social innovation ecosystems on local level. At the meeting in Innsbruck on 27-28 October 2016 the discussion was all about the importance of social innovation for cities.
08.11.2016 – Dmitri Domanski is one of the editors of this volume, which was recently published in Colombia. Over 350 pages offer space for exploring social innovation in Latin America from a wide range of perspectives, with experts from academia, governmental institutions and civil society making an important contribution to a better understanding of this topic.