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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  • 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.

  • 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, former State Secretary of Security and Justice 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.

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