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Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund is a centre of applied social research with a thematic focus on labour and (social) innovation.


 

Creating a Global Network for University – GCU event in Brussels

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08.10.2018 – A meeting, organized by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), took place on the 6th and 7th of September in Brussels. Thematically, the role of Higher Education Institutions in social innovation projects took center stage at the event. In that context, different projects were introduced. Dmitri Domanski, researcher at TU Dortmund University, presented the projects SI-DRIVE and SIC.

 

Social Innovation in Russia: Exchange and collaboration with the Vologda Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Science

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19.09.2018 – From the 9th to the 13th of September 2018 Antonius Schröder visited the Vologda Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences (VolRC RAS) in Russia. The exchange of Social Innovation activities included also the new collaboration of the VolRC RAS with the European School of Social Innovation (ESSI). Beside a public lecture of the main results of the SI-DRIVE project within a workshop exemplary social innovation initiatives of Vologda were discussed - considering Social Innovation as a progressive concept for regional development.

 

Dortmund’s first inclusive MakerSpace is one year old: Scientists from the TU Dortmund University make 3D printing available for people with disabilities

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04.09.2018 – On 30 August Dortmund’s first inclusive MakerSpace celebrated its first anniversary. Scientists of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences of the TU Dortmund University and Dr. Bastian Pelka from the Social Research Centre, together with the Office for Augmentative and Alternative Communication of the workshops of the AWO at the Leuthardstraße, established a MakerSpace, where people with disabilities can use 3D printers on their own – for instance to create aids. The MakerSpace is also open and free of charge for all other visitors.

 

Inclusive SI-Initiatives want to scale – but how?

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29.08.2018 – There is an abundance of examples for effective social innovations, according to empirical research like the SI-DRIVE project. But how can a successful initiative from city A establish itself in city B? “Copy and paste” is not enough, as Dr. Christoph Kaletka (TU Dortmund University, sfs) explained at the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI 2018) conference in Las Vegas. In fact, differentiated knowledge of SI ecosystems and their distinctions are essential.

 

„Social Innovation in Urban and Regional Development“: New publication shows a broader understanding of social innovation in urban and regional contexts

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28.08.2018 – The recently published edited volume „Social Innovation in Urban and Regional Development: Perspectives on an emerging field in planning and urban studies”, edited by Yvonne Franz, Hans-Heinrich Blotevogel and Rainer Danielzyk, focuses on the urban and regional development of social innovations. “People are not even aware that they are doing something socially innovative“, is the introductory sentence and among other things the publication gets to the bottom of this statement.

 

New article in the magazine EU Research focuses on the results of SI-DRIVE and the drivers and barriers for Social innovation

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23.08.2018 – Jürgen Howaldt, Christoph Kaletka und Antonius Schröder published an article in the EU Research magazine, one of the world leading open access publications for scientific research and dissemination. The article “Getting to the core of social innovation” summarises the main results of the SI-DRIVE project (Social Innovation: Driving Force of Social Change) by underlining the comprehensive concept of Social Innovation and referring to the main drivers and barriers.

 

Students 4 Change: Innovation and social entrepreneurship in higher education

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16.07.2018 – Dmitri Domanski and Sabrina Janz joined a meeting that took place within the course of the Erasmus+ project “Students 4 Change” in Porto Alegre, Brazil from the 9th until the 13th of July. The activity was hosted by Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS). The idea behind the meeting was to enable a detailed discourse between project partners and lecturers, in order to create a curriculum that fosters innovation and social entrepreneurship at Latin American universities.

 

Social Innovation Community Summer School: Social Innovation in the Public Sector

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03.07.2018 – From the 27th until the 29th of June 2018, around 50 people met at the SIC Summer School in San Sebastián (Spain) to share with participants, learn and explore principles, models and strategies of public innovation. This edition of the Summer School “SUMSIC 2018: Social Innovation in the Public Sector” created a shared learning space between the social and political spheres. The Summer School was the 4th of 5 organised and held by the European Horizon 2020 project team – the Social Innovation Community.

 

SIKE – Social Innovation through Knowledge Exchange: Consortium meeting at Glasgow Caledonian University

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18.06.2018 – The consortium meeting in July 2018 marked the second SIKE function after the kick-off event in February. Sabrina Janz from TU Dortmund University – sfs joined the meeting, which took place at Glasgow Caledonian University, to present first project results.

 

TU Dortmund University became new member of the Eu-SPRI Forum

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06.06.2018 – On the General Assembly of the Eu-SPRI Forum TU Dortmund University was accepted as a new member of the high-level network. The “European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation” (Eu-SPRI Forum) aims to strengthen the vibrant but dispersed interdisciplinary community of researchers focusing on interdisciplinary dimensions related to policy and governance in the field of knowledge creation and innovation. The Social Research Centre at the TU Dortmund University will contribute to the ongoing discussion about the next generation of innovation policy by focusing on the increasing role of social innovation in the national and international debate.

 

Eu-SPRI Early Career Research Conference: sfs-researchers provide insights into new practices for societal challenges

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29.05.2018 – What does innovation for and with society mean? How can sustainable innovations be identified and supported? Over 40 PhD candidates from all over Europe used the Eu-SPRI-conference in Valencia to share and discuss their research focussing on these and similar questions. sfs-researcher Katharina Schrot presented insights to the process of “Roadmapping”, a method used to structure participation processes, while Marthe Zirngiebl discussed the first sketches of a typology of social innovation.

 

Social Innovation Community Summer School: Regions as Social Innovations Ecosystems

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15.05.2018 – Together with the Middle Black Sea Development Agency (OKA) the European Horizon 2020 project Social Innovation Community (SIC) hosted a Summer School from the 9th to 11th of May 2018 in Samsun, Turkey. The participants explored the topic of “Regions as Social Innovation ecosystems”. The Summer School was an opportunity for conversation and peer learning through three days of practical, hands-on problem solving workshops around local challenges. Dmitri Domanski from TU Dortmund University –sfs held a lecture under the title “The Social Innovation (research) landscape – Moving the field towards an inclusive community”.

 

Atlas of Social Innovation was presented at the Asia-Pacific-Forum of the United Nations in Bangkok

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18.04.2018 – The Fifth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development: „Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies” took place from 28 to 30 March 2018 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok. Organised by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) with more than 750 participants, including representatives from 51 countries, 29 International organizations and representatives of civil society, Antonius Schröder was invited to present the Atlas of Social Innovation and the main results of the SI-DRIVE project at a fair stand and in the side event “Social Innovations for Social Change: An Alternate Pathway for Creating an Enabling Environment for Sustainable and Resilient Communities”.

 

Prof. Jürgen Howaldt visits the Social Innovation Observatory in Florianopolis

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16.03.2018 – During his stay in Brazil Jürgen Howaldt took the opportunity to visit the State University of Santa Catarina and to exchange ideas about Social Innovation Initiatives in Brazil and Germany. He also has spoken to representatives of the Social innovation Observatory that aims to create an ecosystem for social innovation in the city of Florianopolis.

 

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Howaldt presents SI-DRIVE results in Brazil

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15.03.2018 – Following the invitation of the Brazilian government Prof. Dr. Jürgen Howaldt presented the results of the global mapping of the SI-DRIVE-project at the International Seminar “Social Innovation and public policy” which took place from 7th to 8th of March in Brasilia. Together with national and international experts from the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), the IDB (Inter-American Development Bank), the World Bank and the Brazilian government more than 300 participants exchanged ideas about social innovation initiatives and discussed the possible role of social innovation for public policy in Brazil. For more insights into the conference and the presentation of Prof. Jürgen Howaldt a conference video is embedded in this news.