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.


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?


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.