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


Save the Date: Conference “Sustainable Innovation for the Future of Europe”


14.03.2017 – At 30th of May 2017 the Social Research Centre and KlimaExpo.NRW invite to the national final conference of the European research project CASI about ”Sustainable Innovation for the Future of Europe”.


Social Innovation in Education and Lifelong Learning: International Policy and Foresight Workshop of SI-DRIVE


08.03.2017 – Within the EU funded international project SI-DRIVE a second workshop with international experts took place in March 2017 in the Social Research Centre to identify possibilities for future developments of social innovations and policy approaches to support them in the field of education and lifelong learning. The discussion was based on 211 mapped initiatives and 18 in-depth case studies of social innovation all over the world.


Cooperative platforms as a push for more sustainability in the Maker Movement


02.03.2017 – Janosch Sbeih from the Social Research Centre Dortmund discussed the EU research project MAKE-IT with participants of the “Open 2017: Platform Cooperatives” conference in London. The focus was thereby put on the potential of Platform Cooperativism as a modern strategy to enhance the sustainability of the dynamic Maker Movement.


Digital Social Innovation (DSI) Fair 2017: When online meets offline


01.03.2017 – We live in a digital era. Almost everyone is constantly connected to the World Wide Web and, thus, to other individuals worldwide. At the Digital Social Innovation Fair 2017 in Rome social innovators, public officials and researchers discussed how this network effect can be used to foster sustainability and social innovation. Janosch Sbeih and Marthe Zirngiebl from the Social Research Centre Dortmund facilitated a discussion around MAKE-IT’s sustainability scenarios for the Maker Movement.


Social Innovation: Asian research team at sfs


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.


I-Linc Project Meeting on 17th and 18th January in Brussels


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.


sfs researcher presents MAKE-IT on the 33rd Chaos Communication Congress (33C3) in Hamburg

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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.


Social Innovation on the Rise: Global mapping at a glance


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.


MAKE-IT-Meeting in Vienna


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.


sfs researchers present the project I-LINC at Online Educa Berlin


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.