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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  • Klaas Dijkhoff keynote speaker at the Impact Conference 2018 25 Apr 2018News Klaas Dijkhoff keynote speaker at the Impact Conference 2018
    On June 14th, Tilburg University invites policy makers, entrepreneurs, researchers, and other professionals to its first open Impact Conference. The aim of the conference is to explore new ways to advance society together. We are proud to announce our keynote speaker: Dr. Klaas Dijkhoff, chairman of the political party VVD in the Dutch parliament and an alumnus of Tilburg University.

  • 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.

  • IMPACT Conference 14 June 2018: Advancing Society: Science with a Soul 05 Apr 2018News IMPACT Conference 14 June 2018: Advancing Society: Science with a Soul
    Tilburg University warmly invites policy makers, entrepreneurs, researchers, and other professionals to its first open Impact Conference on 14 June 2018. The aim of the conference is to explore new ways to advance society together.

  • Impact Team presents first Soulmate Chocolate Bar to Hein Fleuren 03 Apr 2018News Impact Team presents first Soulmate Chocolate Bar to Hein Fleuren
    As a token of appreciation for his inspiring and impactful cooperation with the World Food Program and his ambassadorship for the Tilburg University Impact Program, Impact Program leader Margriet Sitskoorn presented the first ‘Soulmate Chocolate Bar’ to Professor of Operations Research Hein Fleuren.

  • Tilburg University contributes to 'District of the Future' in Helmond 08 Mar 2018News Tilburg University contributes to 'District of the Future' in Helmond
    The Helmond city council unanimously approved plans, at the end of February, preparing for the construction of Brainport Smart District. Tilburg University will be involved in the development of this District of the Future in Helmond.

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