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News archive: 2015

New publication of the special issue: "World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development (WREMSD): Social Innovation – Shaping Work Organisation and Working Life"


11.12.2015 – The special issue of WREMSD (Vol. 12, No. 1, 2016) on social innovation and workplace innovation is now available. Guest editors are Prof. Dr. Jürgen Howaldt (director of the Social Research Centre of TU Dortmund University – sfs) and Peter R.A. Oeij (TNO, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research), introducing the special issue together with Prof. Steven Dhondt (TNO) and Prof. Ben Fruytier (Utrecht University of Applied Sciences) with the article "Workplace innovation and social innovation: an introduction".


Trans-Atlantic Platform: Expert Workshop on emerging research topics at TU Dortmund University - sfs


11.12.2015 – Over thirty funding agencies and researchers from South and North America and Europe took part in the expert workshop on „Resilient and Innovative Societies“ of the Trans-Atlantic Platform for Social Sciences and Humanities (T-AP).


Social Innovation conference: 320 participants from 44 countries and all continents met in Vienna


08.12.2015 – Research, policy and practice discussed social innovation and the latest research results at the conference "Social Innovation 2015. Pathways to Social Change - Research, Policies and Practices in European and Global Perspectives". Sozialforschungsstelle (TU Dortmund University) was co-organizer of the event.


The projects SIMPACT, SI-Drive and I-LINC at Social Innovation 2015 Conference – Pathways to social change, Vienna (Austria)


25.11.2015 – The workshop session “Empowerment for vulnerable people through ‘digital social innovation’”, moderated by Bastian Pelka and Christoph Kaletka (both sfs TU Dortmund University) dealt with a triple intersection: It asked for social innovations empowering vulnerable people and focused on those social innovations which are either “supported” or “enabled” (Millard/Carpenter 2014) by digital technology (“digital social innovations” DSI, Bria 2014).


I-LINC at eapril conference 2015


25.11.2015 – The “European Association for Practitioner Research on Improving Learning in Education and Professional practice” (eapril) is hosting its annual conference from 24th to 27th November at the University of Luxemburg (Luxemburg). EAPRIL tries to increase the impact of practice-based and applied educational research on educational policy. The conference offers diversity in presentation formats that all aim for interaction and interesting cloud sessions in which practitioners and practitioner-researchers meet to discuss their expertise in different topics. Eva Wascher (sfs TU Dortmund University) presents different features of the I-LINC portal for stakeholder collaboration.


I-LINC at ICERI 2015


25.11.2015 – At the 8th annual "International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation" (ICERI) held in Seville (Spain), on the 16th, 17th and 18th of November, 2015 more than 600 participants presented their projects and discussed their experiences in the field of teaching and learning methodologies, educational projects and innovations and new technologies applied to Education and Research. ICERI is one of the largest international education conferences attended by participants from all over the world. Eva Wascher (sfs TU Dortmund University) presented the findings from I-LINCs initial survey with a specific focus on multi-sector cooperation in the field of digital learning and youth employability in Europe.
Wascher, Eva; Rissola, Gabriel (2015): STAKEHOLDER COOPERATION FOR ICT (FOR) LEARNING AND INCLUSION WITH REGARD TO YOUTH EMPLOYABILITY AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP. (Ed.) ICERI Conference Proceedings. 8th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation.


New Publication: "New Frontiers in Social Innovation Research"


05.11.2015 – The book “New Frontiers in Social Innovation Research”, edited by Alex Nicholls, Julie Simon and Madeleine Gabriel, is now available. With a contribution from Prof. Dr. Jürgen Howaldt (director of the Social Research Centre of TU Dortmund University – sfs) , Dr. Ralf Kopp (researcher at sfs) and Michael Schwarz (Köln): "Social Innovations as Drivers of Social Change – Exploring Tarde's Contribution to Social Innovation Theory Building".


Guide to the conference "Pathways to Social Change" / Vienna, November 18-19, 2015


05.11.2015 – SIMPACT researcher Bastian Pelka (sfs) and Judith Terstrip (IAT) with their – very personal – suggestion on which sessions to visit if you are interested in “economic underpinnings of social innovation”. Read their guide to the conference.


2nd Social Innovation MOOC: EBS launches free online course on social innovation


05.11.2015 – Starting on 2nd November, the Institute for Transformation in Business and Society at EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht is offering for the second time a free online course open to anyone interested. Social Innovation MOOC (= Massive Open Online Course) is the name of the interactive programme that combines in six chapters lectures with discussions and exercises.


(Digital) Social Innovation on ICT 2015: Dr. Bastian Pelka presents SIMPACT findings


29.10.2015 – On Thursday 22nd, SIMPACT researcher Bastian Pelka presented an overview on social innovation research on "ICT 2015 - Innovate, Connect, Transform" in Lisbon, Portugal, organised by the European Commission, together with the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia.


Dmitri Domanski held keynote at the Second Shared Value Congress in Bogotá, Colombia


29.10.2015 – The event on 13th and 14th October focused on innovation as strategy to generate shared value.


TU Dortmund University – sfs participates in two social innovation events in New York


29.10.2015 – Prof. Dr. Jürgen Howaldt took part as an expert in the panel discussion at a public event on social innovation at the German Centre for Research and Innovation and made a presentation at the workshop “Transatlantic Perspectives on Social Innovation”.


Conference on social innovation in Santiago de Chile


29.10.2015 – On 2nd October 2015 the University of Talca, Chile and the Chilean think tank CIEPLAN (Corporación de Estudios para Latinoamérica) invited to an international conference on social innovation in Chile – according to the motto “from practice to public policy” (original title: “La innovación para Chile. De la praxis a las políticas públicas”). Questions about processes that foster social innovation, the roles of government, civil society, academia and businesses took centre stage during the seminar. Prof. Dr. Jürgen Howaldt held keynote, Dmitri Domanski led panel on the role of businesses in social innovation.


TU Dortmund University – sfs at Globelics conference "Innovation to reduce poverty and inequalities for inclusive and sustainable development" in Havana, Cuba


29.10.2015 – Dmitri Domanski presented the international research project „SI-DRIVE – Social Innovation: Driving Force of Social Change“. From 23rd to 25th September 2015 the annual Globelics conference brought together scholars from different disciplines to discuss current questions in innovation studies. This time development and growth in the context of globalization and accelerating pace of change took centre stage at the conference.


SIMPACT releases report on empirical findings


21.10.2015 – The FP7 funded project „Boosting the Impact of Social Innovation in Europe through Economic Underpinnings” (SIMPACT) has published its „Comparative Report on Social Innovation across Europe”


Report of the 2nd International German Forum


13.10.2015 – At the beginning of the year the German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel invited relevant experts to discuss the topic “What matters to People – Innovation and Society”. Prof. Dr. Jürgen Howaldt attended the conference on behalf of the sfs.


Conference: Social innovation 2015 – "Pathways to Social Change"


09.10.2015 – "Pathways to Social Change" is going to be the key event on social innovation in the year 2015. It is planned and designed by mutually complementary research projects on social innovation that reach out to world-wide experiences and concepts of social innovation. The conference will connect researchers with policy makers and practitioners of social innovation.


I-LINC at conference: “Teaching and learning through cooperation with business”

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24.09.2015 – The “Teaching and Learning through cooperation with business” conference took place on 24th of September 2015, hosted by the Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen – Belgium. Its goal was to promote discussion and exchange of good practices between academics, researchers, practitioners and business representatives on Higher Education / business cooperation, giving an overview of the state of the art as well as upcoming trends related with this thematic area. Eva Wascher, researcher at sfs (TUDO), presented I-LINC’s contribution to linking stakeholders for ICT (for) learning and inclusion at higher education institutions (HEI) in cooperation with industry partners.


I-LINC – Platform for ICT learning and inclusion for youth employability and entrepreneurship gets online


24.09.2015 – Today, the I-LINC portal www.i-linc.eu will be officially launched at Telecentre Europe’s annual conference in Belgrad (Serbia). The I-LINC project has developed an online platform focusing on establishing a sustainable, overarching platform for ICT (for) learning and inclusion to boost the employability of young people. The project’s main objective will be the connection of existing initiatives, networks and platforms, which act in the field of youth unemployment, learning and social-participation of young people.


On the role of teachers for digital inclusion


23.09.2015 – Dr. Bastian Pelka (TU DO) and Stuart Mitchell (University of Birmingham) presented their paper “Mind the (digital) gap! Exploiting the educational potential that social media offers teachers in bridging their learners’ skills and knowledge in creating a just and sustainable world.” on the conference “Teacher Education for Equity and Sustainability” in Liverpool.


New publication on social innovation in Latin America


07.09.2015 – Prof. Dr. Jürgen Howaldt and Dmitri Domanski release together with Chilean colleagues the study “Social Innovation in Latin America: The Chilean Case”. The publication gives an insight into some trend-setting developments in the field of social innovation in Chile and Latin America.


On Telecentre staff as Social Innovators


20.08.2015 – What are public access spaces such as telecentres, how are they promoting digital inclusion, and inhowfar can they be considered social innovators? Dr. Christoph Kaletka (TU Dortmund / Sozialforschungsstelle) discussed these questions in a presentation at the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) in Los Angeles on August 6.


TU Dortmund University – sfs at the training course “Social innovation as driving force of economic, technological and social development” in Valencia, Spain


24.07.2015 – The three-day event at the Polytechnic University dealt with the potential of social innovation in the Pacific region of Colombia.


Relation of Social Innovation to Social Change...

17.07.2015 – "How does social innovation relate to social change, and how can social innovation transform society? A team from SI-DRIVE discussed these questions with high-profile social innovation researchers at a two-day theory workshop in Stockholm on 27th and 28th May."


State of the art REPORTS on the seven SI-DRIVE policy fields

17.07.2015 – "SI-DRIVE published the “Compilation of the state of the art reports on the seven policy fields” by end of June. The report provides insights into the analysis of the key dimensions, elaborated in each of the seven policy fields, the practice fields identified in the different world regions (a “practice field” is a general type or “summary” of projects and expresses general characteristics common to different projects such as micro-credit systems and car sharing) and first observations concerning the relation between social innovation and social change. In addition, it offers cases/examples implemented in the different practice fields that relate to societal challenges."


EUWIN conference on 9 of September 2015 in Leuven's Brabanthal


15.07.2015 – To stay ahead of the competitors it is not enough to invest in the newest technologies. Companies which want to win the global race also need to find the right connection to non-technological aspects of running a business. How? Leading workplace innovators will present their cases during the EUWIN conference in Leuven on 9th of September (Wednesday). You will hear stories of Bombardier (Belgium), Normet (Finland), Bosch Thermotechnik (Portugal) and Saint-Gobain (UK).


SI-DRIVE and SIMPACT discussed at Summer School


13.07.2015 – What do we know about social innovation ecosystems, both from a theoretical and practical perspective? And what are the economic underpinnings of social innovation? These questions, among others, were discussed at the European Summer School on Social Economy (ESSE), organized by the University of Bologna on July 7-11. In a session dedicated to social innovation, students from 16 countries learned about two current TUDO projects, SI-DRIVE and SIMPACT, their specific view on SI and its interrelation to social entrepreneurship, and the project results achieved so far. Christoph Kaletka (TU Dortmund) discussed theoretical and empirical perspectives from SI-DRIVE and let the students reflect upon their own experiences with social innovation. Judith Terstriep and Maria Kleverbeck (IAT) presented the SIMPACT project, its interest in the economic foundations of SI and the innovation biographies methodology used for analysis.


TU Dortmund University – sfs at “Exploring Ecosystems of Social Innovation – creating capacity for systemic change in Europe”


09.07.2015 – International experts followed an invitation by Social Innovation Europe (SIE), in co-operation with the BMW Foundation, for a two-day event in Berlin.


SIMPACT’s second stakeholder workshop produces new insight into the vulnerable people’s view on drivers and barriers for social innovation


02.07.2015 – On 25 June 2015 SIMPACT held its second small-scale stakeholder workshop with experts from various fields of social innovation for vulnerable people.


Social Entrepreneurship under the Perspective of Socio-scientific Innovation Research


25.06.2015 – Article “Rethinking Social Entrepreneurship: The Concept of Social Entrepreneurship under the Perspective of Socio-scientific Innovation Research” by Howaldt, Domanski and Schwarz published in the current issue of the “Journal of Creativity and Business Innovation” and available online.


TU Dortmund University – sfs at Eu-SPRI Conference in Helsinki


25.06.2015 – A large international community from the field of innovation research came together for three days in the capital of Finland on the initiative of the Eu-SPRI Forum.


On June 1, 2015 Jürgen Howaldt presented first results of the SI Drive Project at a Trans-Atlantic Platform workshop being held in Ottawa, Canada at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2015


18.06.2015 – Formed in October 2013, the Trans-Atlantic Platform for the Social Sciences and Humanities (T-AP) is a collaboration between key humanities and social science funders in South America, North America and Europe. The Platform aims to enhance the ability of humanities and social science funders, research organizations and researchers to engage in transnational collaboration.


2nd I-LINC Meeting in Madrid


18.06.2015 – sfs researchers present workpackage results


Expert group discussing e-skills needs at EU’s Digital Agenda Assembly

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18.06.2015 – Equipping European citizens with the skills needed to participate in the digital society is a monumental task for the EU and its national member states. But action is required also on the local level: Cities and communities need intermediaries analyzing and facilitating digital skills. These and other topics were discussed during the EU Digital Agenda Assembly’s opening workshop on “Digital Skills for the Digital Single Market”, bringing together stakeholders that can play a key role in helping to develop a digital skills action plan for Europe.


SIMPACT discussed interim results

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15.06.2015 – Sfs researchers are discussing interim results on stake holder involvement


TU Dortmund University – sfs at international seminar on social innovation in social work at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile


11.06.2015 – The seminar focused on the development of an instrument to improve the evaluation of the quality of social programmes.


Info: Springer Book Performance Report 2014


11.06.2015 – Since its online publication on October 18, 2012, there has been a total of 17,571 chapter downloads for the eBook on SpringerLink.


Workshop discusses frontiers of social innovation theory


11.06.2015 – How does social innovation relate to social change, and how can social innovation transform society? A team from TU Dortmund / sfs discussed these questions with high-profile social innovation researchers at a two-day theory workshop in Stockholm on May 27/28.


Social innovation and regional development: Dmitri Domanski holds speech at the University of Cauca in Popayán, Colombia


11.06.2015 – On May 6 2015 InnovAcción Cauca and Cicaficultura, two projects that deal with social innovations in Colombia, invited to the University of Cauca to discuss social innovations in regional context.


Save the date: Workplace Innovation Festival


01.06.2015 – Workplace innovators are invited for a vibrant week of connecting workplace design communities in Leuven, Belgium, September 7-11. The Festival of Connecting gathers members of IWOT, EUWIN and the Global STSD Network for a unique get-together.


Award for EU project


21.05.2015 – The European funded project „GT-VET: Greening Technical Vocational Education and Training“ (where sfs is involved) was awarded by the European Commission as one of the best Leonardo da Vinci projects 2011/12 (Lifelong Learning Programme). Within this project a „Sustainable Training Module for the European Steel Industry” was developed for industrial mechanics and electricians of steel companies in cooperation with the European Steel Technology Platform. Developed also as a blueprint for other industrial occupations and sectors the training module is recently further developed for the automotive supplier industry within the “GREEN STAR” project.


Students submit video on „Get Online Week Dortmund 2015“


23.04.2015 – Eleven students from Technical University Dortmund, studying Rehabilitation pedagogy in a course by sfs researcher Dr. Bastian Pelka, have organized the “Get Online Week Dortmund” as part of the European campaign “Get Online Week Europe”. They now published a video describing their campaign.




27.03.2015 – Research, policies and practices in European and global perspectives. “Pathways to Social Change” is going to be the key event on social innovation in the year 2015. It is planned and designed by mutually complementary research projects on social innovation that reach out to world-wide experiences and concepts of social innovation. The conference will connect researchers with policy makers and practitioners of social innovation.

The conference is hosted by two projetcs under FP 7:
• Social Innovation – Driving Force of Social Change – SI-DRIVE,
• Transformative Social Innovation Theory – TRANSIT,
• and NET4SOCIETY, a network of National Contact Points in Horizon 2020.


EUWIN Film Bank


27.03.2015 – EUWIN has produced a series of short films which show how some of Europe’s most exciting companies are engaging employees in enhancing performance, innovation and working lives.


TU Dortmund University – sfs at workshop “Rethinking the role of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH): towards a reflective and generative perspective” in Brussels


06.03.2015 – On 26th February international experts discussed upon invitation of the University of Bologna (http://www.unibo.it/en) and the EU Office of the Emilia-Romagna Region the contribution of social sciences and humanities in the joint effort of the scientific community towards the interdisciplinarity required by the programme Horizon 2020.


Social Innovation gains worldwide in importance


06.03.2015 – More and more often national governments recognize the importance of social innovation for societal development.


Position paper on “digital skills for an inclusive Europe”


06.03.2015 – Sfs researchers Bastian Pelka and Christoph Kaletka contribute to a policy paper aiming at better learning opportunities for digitally excluded persons.


On the potential of ICT-enabled social innovation for social policy


27.02.2015 – In an experts workshop in Brussels on February 24/25 the IESI team presented their first mapping results, introducing a first set of initiatives which might drive or influence social policy reforms. The project team shared and discussed the results of the first mapping phase with a group of 25 experts from the fields of (digital) social innovation and inclusion, including Christoph Kaletka and Bastian Pelka (TU Dortmund).


New book + Howaldt/Kopp/Schwarz (2015): On the theory of social innovations + Get free access


26.02.2015 – The book was published last year in German and now it is available in English. Follow here to get free access.


first edition of the European Journal of Workplace Innovation is available


20.02.2015 – EJWI is an open-access, net-based, peer reviewed, English-language journal designed to build bridges between researchers and practitioners in understanding and developing workplace innovation in Europe.

The stimulating first issue includes articles by Steven Dhondt and Geert Van Hootgem on reshaping workplaces, Bjorn Gustavsen on practical discourse and democratic dialogue, Tuomo Alasoini on Finnish workplace innovation programmes, Peter Totterdill on The Fifth Element and a forum discussion by Richard Ennals.


LIPSE final conference - read the conference report by Bastian Pelka


19.02.2015 – On 3rd and 4th February FP7 project "LIPSE -Learning from Innovation in Public Sector Environments" (www.lipse.org/eventpage/item/25) held their mid-term conference with some interesting preliminary findings on social innovation in the public sector. Presented research findings and discussions highlighted the role of “failed innovations”, the context sensitiveness of innovation, the role of risk in the innovation process and means of feedback and citizen involvement for social innovation processes.


DSI project presents study findings. Read our conference report here.


19.02.2015 – The EU funded project “Digital Social Innovation” (http://digitalsocial.eu/) presented their study findings on 17th February in Brussels. Bastian Pelka and Christoph Kaletka from TUDO participated for the SIMPACT consortium.


Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks – See short introduction to Gabriel Tarde’s Theory


13.02.2015 – In context of Sampsons Contagion Approach there is brief introduction to Tarde’s Theory


ISM Special Issue “Social Innovation in the Public Sector”


06.02.2015 – A Special Issue “Social Innovation in the Public Sector” is edited by Antonius Schröder (Sozialforschungsstelle / Technische Universität Dortmund) and Vishanth Weeradkkody / Ahmad Ghonomein (Brunel Business School, Brunel University) within the “Information Systems Management” ISM, Volume 31, Number 3, 2014.


What matters to people – innovation and society!


26.01.2015 – Prof. Jürgen Howaldt followed the invitation from the German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss with other experts from around the globe about innovations and how they can improve wellbeing, prosperity and progress.


Horizon 2020 project kickoff: „I-LINC“ connecting platforms against youth unemployment

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22.01.2015 – With “I-LINC (Platform for ICT learning and inclusion for youth employability and entrepreneurship)” Sozialforschungsstelle (sfs) has started its first project funded under the new European framework programme “Horizon 2020”. On January 13/14 Dr. Christoph Kaletka und Dr. Bastian Pelka joined the kickoff meeting in Brussels and presented the methodological approach for identifying existing networks and initiatives against youth unemployment.


Online SI Balkans platform – under construction


13.01.2015 – Social Innovation Lab announces the developing of a new SI Balkans platform that will enable mapping, promoting and networking of social innovators, as well as others who have interest in this dynamic field. The platform will also serve a resource for information dissemination, online publications and to search fundings related to social innovations (like, for example, Horizon 2020). SIL also invites to check out their new website.


Work Smarter! European experts explain the what, why and how of workplace innovation


13.01.2015 – In last month’s Bulletin euwin reported about the celebration of the 40+ year career of Palle Banke, one of Denmark’s leading protagonists of workplace innovation. To mark his retirement the Danish Technological Institute organised a workshop for nearly 100 businesses from across the country.

Speakers included EUWIN’s Peter Totterdill, Uli Pekruhl (Switzerland) and Richard Badham (Australia). Now they have shared their knowledge and experience in a short video. Danish speakers can also enjoy presentations by Lone Thellesen (Dacapo) and Palle himself.