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News archive: 2018

Social Innovation Transfer Network s_inn – Kick-Off Meeting in Bochum


18.12.2018 – The Kick-Off meeting of the Social Innovation Transfer Network (s_inn) took place on December 13th in Bochum. Dmitri Domanski, researcher at TU Dortmund University, was invited to join the event as an expert in a moderated conversation about social innovation.


Potential assessment „Work 4.0“ of the joint project „Praevention 4.0“ opens up worlds of AI

Potenzialanalyse _Arbeit 4.0

11.12.2018 – Secretary of state Björn Böhning of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social (BMAS) has presented the potential assessment “Work 4.0”. This is intended to support companies in systematically importing and using 4.0-technologies. The new practice check was developed - amongst others – by the Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund/Social Research Centre Dortmund (sfs) for the needs of small and medium-sized companies and has already been successfully tested in companies.


New Pathways to Social Change: Creating Impact through Social Innovation Research


05.12.2018 – On the Austrian EU Council Presidency (November 28-29 in Vienna), Jürgen Howaldt spoke about the increasing importance of Social Innovation Research in Europe. 350 participants from all over Europe and international partner countries discussed the role of SSH in the European Research Agenda.


SISCODE: Understanding Co-Creation

SISCODE Society in Innovation and Science through CODEsign Web

05.12.2018 – SISCODE is a three-year project aiming to understand the co-creation phenomenon that is flourishing in Europe and to look at its context. Co-creation will be analysed in particular in the light of Responsible Research and Innovation and Science, technology and innovation policies. SISCODE is a research project in the European Union’s Horizon 2020 framework and was officially launched in May this year. The project aims to better understand co-creation as a bottom-up and design-driven phenomenon.


Official kick-off of Athene 4.0


27.11.2018 – The official starting signal was given for the research project "Athene 4.0: Person-centred digitisation to secure the future of crafts", which was launched in August with a first meeting of the project committee and the official kick-off of all project partners with the promoter. The project will develop a service platform for craft businesses, which will be accompanied by a digital coach and a work organisation concept, in order to digitise communication with customers and other trades as well as internal work processes.


"Beyond Imagination: a socially innovative Europe": Presentation of the Lisbon Declaration at Social Innovation Community’s Final Event


23.11.2018 – After three years of works, the international project Social Innovation Community (SIC) discussed its results with participants from all over Europe. While the project is finishing, the final event was the perfect scene for presenting the Lisbon Declaration to the broader public, hence opening a new chapter of social innovation in Europe.


Social Innovation Community (SIC) releases the Lisbon Declaration - Social Innovation as a Path to a Sustainable, Resilient and Inclusive Europe


29.10.2018 – EU policymakers are negotiating Europe’s next long-term budget. You can sign the Lisbon Declaration (#SIDeclaration) to indicate that Europe benefits from social innovation.


Guest article about the role of the TU Dortmund University in the field of social innovation

Latin American Social Innovation Network Results and Reflecions Book

18.10.2018 – As a result of the project LASIN (Latin American Social Innovation Network), coordinated by the Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), a book was published. The publication mainly revolves around the potential of Higher Education Institutions to engage in the field of social innovation. Dmitri Domanski and Sabrina Janz from the Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund (sfs) contributed a chapter.


Creating a Global Network for University – GCU event in Brussels


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


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


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?

Human-Computer Interaction Las Vegas

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

Social Innovation in Urban and Regional Development Cover

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Social Innovation and public policy Brasilia

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.


Videos of the CrESSI final conference in Oxford are now online


27.02.2018 – The final event of CrESSI (Creating Economic Space for Social Innovation) at the Said Business School, University of Oxford on 26th of January brought together academics, practitioners and policymakers from a wide range of disciplines to focus on how interventions drawing on social innovation can address major economic, social and power imbalances and inequalities. Videos of the speakers, like of Prof. Jürgen Howaldt, who also presented the project SI-DRIVE and the “Atlas of Social Innovation” are now available.


Researchers from TU Dortmund University discuss social innovation in Brazil: Giving start to a German-Brazilian exchange project


26.02.2018 – Prof. Dr. Jürgen Howaldt, Dmitri Domanski, Hendrik Lager and Marthe Zirngiebl travelled to Porto Alegre (Brazil) to meet their Brazilian partners from the university UNISINOS and initiate a bilateral co-operation in social innovation research. Within the next two years, they will be working together on the topic of “Social Innovation in Collaborative Projects”, an initiative funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Brazilian federal government agency CAPES.


Transformative Social Innovation: Julia Wittmayer and Bonno Pel present TRANSIT results at the sfs


23.02.2018 – February 2nd 2018, Julia Wittmayer (DRIFT, Rotterdam) and Bonno Pel (Université Libre de Bruyelles) visited the sfs in Dortmund. Their presentation was part of an exchange of theoretical findings between international research projects on social innovation. Wittmayer and Pel presented and discussed the “relational framework” and the 12 derived propositions, as developed in the TRANSIT project.


SI-DRIVE Results were presented at the CrESSI Final Event at the University of Oxford


07.02.2018 – Prof. Jürgen Howaldt took part at the CrESSI Final Event at the Said Business School, University of Oxford on 26th of January. The CrESSI Project (Creating Economic Space for Social Innovation) is a four year project funded by the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme.


Interactive Map with more than 1.000 cases of Social Innovation is now online!


02.02.2018 – Social Innovation is a global phenomenon. The global mapping of the SI-DRIVE project proves that social innovations can be found all around the globe. More than 1.000 mapped initiatives establish new social practices to tackle challenges within the policy fields of Education and Lifelong Learning, Employment, Environment and Climate Change, Transport and Mobility, Energy, Health and Social Care, as well as Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development. Based on the mapping a new interactive map has been created presenting over 1.000 cases.


MAKE-IT’s Final Book: A Focus on Maker’s Motivations, Intentions, and (societal) Goals


25.01.2018 – A makerspace is a home for digital fabrication technologies, such as 3D printers or laser cutters and ultimately to makers making use of the premise to create tangible objects of any shape and form. Three sfs-researchers have explored the new phenomenon "Maker Movement" more in depth. The Horizon 2020 funded project “MAKE-IT” gave Dr. Bastian Pelka, Marthe Zirngiebl, and Mathias Cuypers the opportunity to study the goals and motivations of these new social innovators.


Unique Insights into the World of Social Innovation! “Atlas of Social Innovation – New Practices for a Better Future” is now available

Atlas of Social Innovation Print

19.01.2018 – Social Innovation is on the rise. As a lived practice, social innovations explore new ways to deal with complex challenges such as climate change, demographic change or poverty in all parts of the world. Initiatives, from local groups to international networks, have become success stories by “doing things differently”. Against this background, the articles collected in "Atlas of Social Innovation – New Practices for a Better Future" for the first time provides a comprehensive overview of social innovation initiatives from around the globe. Leading experts share new insights in social innovation research and present role-model approaches in different socio-cultural environments.


Research Project SI-DRIVE in Down Under


09.01.2018 – Prof. Jürgen Howaldt spent four weeks as a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Social Impact of the Swinburne University of Technology. During his stay in Australia, he gave lectures on the topic of social innovation and met Australian social innovation experts, also making agreements for future co-operations. Prof. Howaldt presented the results of the global mapping of social innovations, which was conducted during the research project SI-DRIVE, i.a. at the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering at the University of Sydney, at the University New South Wales and at the Australian Centre for Social Innovation in Adelaide.