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.

 

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The WeMakeThe.City festival was held for the second time in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. Where could you find Waag?

 

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24-05-2019

M-ODE Expo

TextileLab Amsterdam is part of the exposition M-ODE with the open-source material archive during WeMakeThe.City.

 

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

 

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Join DSI4EU in Warsaw on 25th June to help shape new urban visions.

 

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How can we establish lasting relations between organisations that are working to sustain the commons? A lab at the Border Sessions festival 2019.

 

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How can design solve social issues? Contribute to improving life in refugee camps during this design workshop.

 

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

 

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Talks & exhibition on creative research, speculative design, sustainability and social innovation in the field of fashion, textiles and materials.

 

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WeMakeThe.City 2019 will take place over a seven day period from Monday 17 to Sunday 23 June.

 

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

 

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26-04-2018

WeMakeThe.City

WeMakeThe.City is the festival that makes cities better.

 

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Pieter van Boheemen (Programme manager Open Wetlab) will be one of the speakers at a meeting on Open Innovation in Copenhagen (Denmark) on November 19th. REBBLS (Rising Entrepreneurs in BioBusiness & Life Sciences) have invited him to give a talk about open innovation in pharma and the project BioStrike in particular.

 

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Marleen Stikker will attend the session 'Success stories from industry and regional development' at the meeting 'Innovation at the intersection of Arts, Sciences and Technology' on December 1st, 2015 in Brussels.

 

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Tackling timeless needs that matter, with writer and thinker John Thackara: an evening for social change makers, inventive life hackers and enthusiastic self-organized communities. What is an economy actually for? In place of an obsession with stuff, money, and endless growth, John Thackara’s newest book “How to thrive in the next economy?” describes social practices that do more with less, and cherish all-of-life, not just human life.

 

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Waag developer and designer Douwe-Sjoerd Boschman and Janine Huizenga from The Creative Cooperative are leading a three-day workshop in Yerevan, Armenia for the UNDP programme Make the Future.

 

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A team of developers and designers from Waag, existing of Douwe-Sjoerd Boschman and Laurens Schuurkamp, together with Janine Huizenga from The Creative Cooperative are leading a three-day workshop at the in Tbilisi, Georgia.

 

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This meetup of the Social Innovation Network Netherlands is all about digital social innovation. How can we use the Internet for social good?

 

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A debate, a discussion, a provocation – about contemporary approaches to innovation and the complex problem of how innovation works in the context of extreme scenarios.

 

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Marleen Stikker is één van de verkenners in het debatprogramma van De Balie op 29 maart 2013.

 

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How to foster a new wave of innovation in cities through the new, emerging grassroots platforms, stakeholders and projects next to the traditional way of city planning and smart city approaches? We will discuss this with our Code4EU fellows during the Amsterdam Urban Innovation Week.

 

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PICNIC Festival ’12 will be a two day, international gathering dedicated to exploring the theme “New Ownership: the shift from top down to bottom up”. This theme will be explored through lectures, interactive discussions and co-creation workshops which focus on developing concepts and prototyping.

 

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15 september is door de VN uitgeroepen tot Internationale Dag van de Democratie. No English translation available.

 

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The aim of 3Package Deal is to attract young, talented artists to the city of Amsterdam. Creative Care Lab teams up with Makerversity Amsterdam and Museum Vrolik (Academic Medical Center) in the coalition 'Social Design'.

 

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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.

 

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Paulien Melis (Creative Care Lab) will participate in the conference Digital Social Innovation and the future of Care taking place in Milan on 22nd and 23rd of November.

 

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An evening at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam about sharing platforms and their influence on the city.

 

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On September 13th, 2017 another 'Disruptive Innovation Bootcamp' by TimeLabz comes to Waag. A one-day programme with new insights and practical tools.

 

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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.

 

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On Monday 20th of March 2017, a final FairBnB monthly meetup will be held.

 

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

 

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On 8 April 2016, the European Commission awarded the title of European Capital of Innovation ("iCapital") 2016 to Amsterdam.

 

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Research director Frank Kresin wrote an article for the Dutch monthly 'Informatie' about Digital Social Innovation (DSI).

 

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Hacking Habitat is a large-scale, international exhibition on the cutting edge of art, technology and social change.

 

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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.

 

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Marleen Stikker will participate in a debate called '24 uur onbegrensd' on 14 September in the Stadsschouwburg in Amsterdam. A meeting of minds about the refugees crisis.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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With the Mobiles for Good Challenge, we hope to promote the development of mobile applications in the Netherlands with a social impact. Think—for example—of better healthcare, welfare, education, security, and employment.

 

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

 

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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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

 

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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).

 

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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.

 

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On 5 June 2014, Marleen Stikker will participate at the symposium 'The Infrastructure of the Smart City' during the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam. The symposium is organized by Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving (PBL) and is Dutch spoken.

 

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In this Social Innovation Network meetup the guests are challenged to join the discussion and about a shift towards societal value. What are the strategies we can implement if we want to stimulate this shift?

 

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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.

 

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On 27 January 2014 a new meeting is planned of the Social Innovation Network Nederland (SINN) themed met als thema 'Happiness as economic power'. SINN is a network of people and organisations that are dealing with societal challenges in a new way.

 

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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?

 

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Social Innovation Meetup #6: New models to fight poverty.

 

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This meeting on 4 november 2013 is a fourth in a Masterclass Net politics organized by Bits of Freedom, Waag, Netwerk Democratie, Open State Foundation and Kennisland.

 

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'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.

 

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

 

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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.

 

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‘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.

 

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This book is written by a group of authors with very different backgrounds, varying from business, ICT, marketing, anthropology, medicine, design and computer interaction. They all felt the urge to explore this field of connectedness and they discovered new opportunities for the emerging market of ‘aging-driven design’.

 

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Crossover Estafette is part of the Amsterdam Urban Innovation Week 2013 and this third meeting is focussing on Health & Life Sciences.

 

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From 15-21 September 2013 the Amsterdam Urban Innovation Week 2013 will be held, initiated by Pakhuis de Zwijger in collaboration with PICNIC, Waag, the Amsterdam City Council and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

 

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What does it take to 'Redefine Growth' on a scale that really matters? During the Amsterdam Urban Innovation Week 2013 in September 2013, we tried to answer this question.

 

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Do you know how much your time is worth? Forget your bank account, hourly or monthly salary. Don't throw money down the drain, but use your time!

 

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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.

 

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On 11 June 2013 the fifth Social Innovation Meetup will be held at Pakhuis de Zwijger with Pauline Voortman and Judith Harmsen. Theme: About Trust; trust as basis for a new economy.

 

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During this special 4th Social Innovation Meetup, new examples and solutions for systemic change are being explored with a.o. Marco Steinberg (Finnish Innovation Fund / Helsinki Design Lab) and Daudi Were (Ushahidi).

 

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In this edition guest speaker is Jan Jonker about his new book on WEconomy.

 

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'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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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During PhDO 8 we investigate the relationship between man and machine. Isjah Koppejan (Waag) and Johan Hoorn (VU Amsterdam) are the guest curators of this PhDO episode. They invite speakers who will present their research or respond to issues related to the theme from their perspective.

 

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'Social innovation' refers to the new strategies, concepts, ideas and organizations that strive to provide solutions for serious social challenges – from job opportunities and education to health care, social engagement, and environmental problems.

 

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

 

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Discover why Amsterdam is a pioneer in care innovation. We wish to inspire you by showing you the innovations in healthcare that originate in the metropolitan area of Amsterdam, from a live test lab to prototypes and new applications. We invite you to join us in ‘de Waag’, one of the oldest buildings of the city, in the former Anatomical Theatre where Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp was situated.

 

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Do you want to know how promising your plan is? Or how to write a good business case? Sign up for the workshop 'Health + Mobile = Good Business' that we organise in cooperation with Vodafone as part of the Mobiles for Good Challenge.

 

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Waag explores opportunities for social innovation. We focus on finding ways to use new technology for a better life. And we prefer to do this together with you. Therefore, in September we swap our workstations in the Waag and Pakhuis de Zwijger for the organic market at the Nieuwmarkt. Visit us, think along, express your voice and participate!

 

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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.

 

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PICNIC Festival ’12 will be a two day, international gathering dedicated to exploring the theme “New Ownership: the shift from top down to bottom up”. This theme will be explored through lectures, specials (interactive discussions and debates) and co-creation workshops/labs which focus on developing concepts, prototyping, tinkering and plain, old playing around.

 

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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.

 

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The Mobiles for Good Challenge was an initiative of the Vodafone Foundation in cooperation with Waag to discover and develop new mobile applications that solve social issues.

 

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The conference Creativity Now highlights the development of and cooperation within and with the creative industries in different cities. Waag's Bart Tunnissen speaks at the conference, together with entrepreneurs such as Alan Yip (China), Shantanu Poredi (India) and Daan Roosegaarde (operating in China and India).

 

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

 

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8-03-2012

CRISP Selemca

The project Services for Electro-mechanical Care Agencies (SELEMCA) was about establishing a trans-disciplinary design theory of human-android interaction by investigating the human affective system and emotion regulation.

 

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The international PICNIC Festival was an annual event taking place in September in Amsterdam. Three full days of information, inspiration, collaboration, co-creation and entertainment.

 

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The Creative Capital Conference was organised by Knowledgeland (Nederland Kennisland) and Waag.