social innovation

Social innovations are new strategies, concepts, ideas and organizations that meet the social needs of different elements which can be from working conditions and education to community development and health — they extend and strengthen civil society. Social innovation includes the social processes of innovation, such as open source methods and techniques and also the innovations which have a social purpose — like activism, online volunteering, microcredit, or distance learning.


Thames & Hudson has published the book Futurekind, with a chapter about our project MakeHealth.


Visualised: the talks and exhibition held at Waag in the field of fashion, textiles and materials on March 7th, 2019.


Martijn Gerritsen is conducting his thesis research on the use and implications of technology in urban experimentation.


Tomo Kihara, intern at the Future Internet Lab of Waag, won both the Grand-Prix as the public award of WIRED Creative Hack Award 2017 in Japan.


In 2016, Amsterdam won the iCapital Award for the most innovative city in Europe. Now, a public campaign titled 'Amsterdammers, Maak je Stad!' (Amsterdammers, make your city!) has been launched for all citizens of Amsterdam to participate in.


Bas van Abel of Fairphone gave an interview for the Dutch Radio 1. This broadcast was in Dutch.


The People Value Canvas is a unique tool to support designers and stakeholders in a systematic manner to gain insight into what people actually consider to be valuable. This helps to describe critical aspects of a concept, leading to a value proposition for the user and using empathy as a tool for social impact.


Over the past four years, CRISP focused on the design of Product Service Systems (PSSs) in tackling societal challenges. Now it was time to reflect and share the lessons learned.


On 13 May 2015, the first Amsterdam Smart Citizens Lab was held. More than 50 citizens, scientists and technicians gathered to gain more insight in their city. By measuring the city themselves in the next months, to investigate and get into action based on the results.


The big question is this: do administrators and politicians understand what the consequences of the “smartness” they are injecting into public infrastructures?


The Mobiles for Good Challenge, an initiative of Vodafone Foundation, searched for social enterprises that use mobile technology to solve real Dutch issues.


For the innovatieon-hubs project of the World Bank Frank Kresin went to Gran Concepción (Chili) where he helps develop new ideas, concepts, prototypes and services that help solve the real needs of the citizens.


The 5th edition of ENoLL Summer School was held in Amsterdam, from the 2nd to the 6th of September 2014 and was organized by Amsterdam Economic Board, Waag, the Amsterdam City Council together with the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL).


I feel enriched, more part of our world and a bit overwhelmed. Having had the opportunity to do the Make the Future workshops for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Georgia, Egypt and Armenia I look back at an intense two months.


During the Mobiles for Good Challenge, Vodafone Foundation searched for social applications that use mobile technology for smart solutions for society.


This is day one of our 'Make the Future' workshop in Cairo, Egypt and right from the start, everyone is hands-on busy warming up.


A prosthetic arm that can be produced in around six hours with a 3D printer. In short, that is what 'Project Daniel' comprises, of the American Not Impossible Labs. It was created for Daniel Omar, a Sudanese 14-year-old who had his hands blown off by a bomb dropped by the Sudanese government in an attack on rebel forces.


For far too long we have violently pursued things we don’t need. Too long we have equated a busy life with a meaningful one, a career with righteous self-esteem. Too long we have put ourselves in the centre of our lives, the only thing that really matters to us – but does it?


'From creative industry to creative economy', a manifesto presented at the Amsterdam Urban Innovation Week by Marleen Stikker and jet de Ranitz on behalf of the cluster Creative Sector of the Amsterdam Economic Board.


A report of the third day of the Amsterdam Urban Innovation Week about 'Redefining Growth' on 19 September 2013.


To resolve complex societal issues, ‘social design’ comes to aid these days, in which artists and designers are asked to give their - often surprising - take on long-term problems that seem impossible to solve.


‘A million people working for nothing, you better give them what they really own,’ sang John Lennon in Power to the people (1971). The times have changed, the circumstances are uncomparable, and yet the call to act is more urgent then ever.


How easy it is to follow a course at MIT, Skype to colleagues in Japan, conduct a worldwide business, or even find the perfect partner – all at marginal cost. Now this powerful network has reared it’s ugly head against us as it can store, analyse, classify and corrupt all our on-line activities without us even knowing.


'Top sector creative industries incomplete without the arts. Artistic research is a source of unexpected inventions just like scientific research'. Opinion article written by Alexander Rinnooy Kan, Marleen Stikker and Paul Rutten.


In order to face societal challenges, we need to use the innovation potential of the whole society. Design Thinking and creativity are crucial to the acceptance of innovative applications and technology. It's all about encouraging people to behave sustainably.


Around 200 people came together at Pakhuis de Zwijger for the second edition of the Social Innovation Meetup. Along with Pakhuis de Zwijger, Kennisland and a growing number of others we organize these evenings to shed light on the major social issues. The aim is to create a network of people who see opportunities in times of crises and cease the moment to do things differently. A network for collaboration and inspiration.


Our experiences from several projects have resulted in a new Dutch publication on social connectedness: designing for healthy aging.


Social innovation is a core term in Waag's policy. We promote innovation that breaks with well-worn patterns, comes with solutions for the dynamics between and within organisations and pays attention to the complexity of human behaviour and desires.


On the 15th of May, the PICNIC Innovation Mash Up 2012 took place. This was the appetizer of what this years’ PICNIC festival could taste like. And the Mash Up ’12 menu sounded promising: speakers from Shell, IDEO, Butterfly Works, Vodafone, CDEF (Cada dia es una fiesta). These are the people who deal with innovation strategies on a daily basis and this was definitely reflected in their talks and condensed in one morning.


On 20 and 21 March 2012 we started the COMMIT research programme. This blogpost is only available in Dutch.