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


SELFMADE presents potential of 3D printing for people with disabilities


18.05.2017 – 3D printers are using liquefied plastic to fabricate individual products – from few centimetres high vases to complete cars. This new technology offers tremendous application possibilities which are explored by researchers of TU Dortmund University, Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences and Dr Bastian Pelka, social research centre, in hindsight of the use by people with disabilities.


TU Dortmund University – sfs in Chile: Social Innovation and the role of universities


24.04.2017 – Social innovation, its systematic research and other possibilities for higher education institutions to work on innovative solutions – these were the main topics during Dmitri Domanski’s visit to Chile. The researcher from Dortmund gave lectures and spoke with leading representatives of the Catholic University of Concepción about the importance of social innovation for higher education institutions.


MAKE-IT tests app for maker faires and develops future scenarios for the Maker Movement at the Maker Faire Ruhr


05.04.2017 – An international research team of the MAKE-IT project tests web-app on the Maker Faire Ruhr to enable lasting connections between visitors and exhibitors. Maker Faire visitors and sfs-scientists Dr. Bastian Pelka, Janosch Sbeih und Marthe Zirngiebl co-developed future scenarios for the Maker Movement in an interactive workshop.


New publications on social innovation by researchers from TU Dortmund University – sfs


29.03.2017 – The interdependency between the Capabilities Approach and Social Innovation Theory, the research of Social Innovation in Latin America and the highly topical results of SI-DRIVE’s global mapping: Three articles, published in two scientific journals, deal with current developments in the field of Social Innovation.


KoSI-Lab: First Case Study at the “Midpoint Center for Social Innovation” in Tilburg


28.03.2017 – The project "KoSI-Lab" conducts several international case studies. The goal is to gather experience from existing social innovation labs and to incorporate them into the concept development of the KoSI-Lab project. On 13th and 14th of March 2017 the first case study took place in Tilburg, Netherlands. Several project members, including the four sfs-project co-workers Jürgen Schultze (project coordinator), Eva Wascher, Katharina Schrot and Florian Hebel, took part.


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.