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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  • Impact essay presented: Connecting to advance society 27 Nov 2017News Impact essay presented: Connecting to advance society
    Scientists have a special responsibility to take on the endeavors of our time. “We are in need of good questions, not of hasty answers.” With these words the King’s Commissioner for the province of North Brabant Wim van de Donk accepted two essays about the university’s educational vision and its vision on societal responsibility respectively at the celebration of Tilburg University’s 90th anniversary.

  • Science with a Soul: Tilburg University Impact Program enters into dialog 24 Oct 2017News Science with a Soul: Tilburg University Impact Program enters into dialog
    Tilburg University’s Impact Team has seized the occasion of the Dear Future Festival on social innovation to enter into dialog with parties in civil society. What parts of the program can be tackled together to reinforce resilience, care and wellbeing in society and to stimulate the use of (big) data?

  • Urban refugees 16 Nov 2017Event Urban refugees
    Night Talk: Urban refugees live outside the official refugee camps: sometimes out of free will, sometimes because they are not allowed access to these camps. Under the radar and out of sight of authorities and support organizations, they try to rebuild their lives.

  • Workshop Science with a Soul for interested parties 01 Sep 2017News Workshop Science with a Soul for interested parties
    The Tilburg University Impact program is getting ready for a workshop with social parties and companies based on the theme of ‘Science with a Soul’. On September 28, during the Dear Future festival in the Tilburg Spoorzone, we will enter into a debate with interested organizations on topics that we can address jointly with research and ‘living labs’.

  • NWO funding for six Impact Program projects to improve youth resilience 25 Jul 2017Press release NWO funding for six Impact Program projects to improve youth resilience
    Six projects, coordinated by the Tilburg University Impact Program and aimed to improve youth resilience, have been granted incentive funding (Startimpuls) in the first round of applications for the Dutch National Research Agenda (NWA). The projects come under the ‘Towards Resilient Societies’ Route and are part of the ‘JOIN’ program – ‘youngsters in a resilient society’. The program is carried out by scientific and societal partners.

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