Social Innovation

Social Innovation

Social innovation is a collective term for contemporary initiatives by people and organizations aimed at achieving innovative solutions to problems in society.


It starts with people and organizations who identify a social problem and who come up with a plan to do something about it. This can develop into a broader initiative involving various different players, including citizens, entrepreneurs and academics. Examples include local and regional activities or complex collaborative alliances at national or international level.
Tilburg University places great emphasis on social innovation as the logical conclusion of existing projects, initiatives and plans developed by its schools, institutes or departments.

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  • Tilburg University and Municipality of Tilburg strengthen strategic cooperation 18 Jun 2018News Tilburg University and Municipality of Tilburg strengthen strategic cooperation
    Tilburg University and the Municipality of Tilburg are going to boost their cooperation activities. Rector Emile Aarts of Tilburg University and alderman Marcelle Hendrickx of Tilburg signed an agreement tot that effect at the Tilburg University Impact Conference on June 14th.

  • Large NWO grant for datadriven cancer research by Krahmer, Pauws (TSHD) and Vermunt (TSB) 12 Jun 2018News Large NWO grant for datadriven cancer research by Krahmer, Pauws (TSHD) and Vermunt (TSB)
    Prof. Emiel Krahmer, Prof. Steffen Pauws (TSHD) and Prof. Jeroen Vermunt (TSB) received a large subsidy of € 457,000 from NWO for research into data-driven, joint decision-making for individual cancer patients.

  • New website research program Digital Society 16 May 2018News New website research program Digital Society
    This week the new website about the research program Digital Society has been launched. In the research programme thirty professors of the fourteen Dutch universities join forces and are working together to secure the Netherlands leading international position in the field of human-centred information technology and to find solutions to global challenges.

  • Nine PhD projects selected for Impact Program 30 Apr 2018News Nine PhD projects selected for Impact Program
    The Impact Team and the Deans of Tilburg University have selected 9 PhD projects out of 48 proposals to strengthen the Impact Program regarding the themes Empowering the Resilient Society, and Enhancing Health and Wellbeing. Nine young researchers, still to be recruited, will be starting their research projects from September 2018.

  • Greyston CEO visits Resilience Community Impact Program to discuss open hiring model 20 Apr 2018News Greyston CEO visits Resilience Community Impact Program to discuss open hiring model
    A pioneering social enterprise, Greyston has been providing jobs to people in New York who face barriers to employment, no questions asked, since 1982. Without any checks or interviews Greyston hires the next person on the waiting list with the aim to give people a chance who normally don’t. “An inclusive economy begins with removing unconscious bias,” explains President and CEO Mike Brady. He visited the Impact Program’s Resilience Community to explore common goals and ways to cooperate.

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