Kennisland has a new board. Paul Keller, Kimon Moerbeek and Nora van der Linden will lead KL into the future. Together with the team, they have spent the last few months working hard on new perspectives, ideas and approaches. They are determined and full of the energy needed to continue shaping and encouraging social innovation in the Netherlands, Europe and beyond.
On 23 June, we bid farewell to Chris Sigaloff with a symposium on the future of work and a big party. Under Chris’ leadership, Kennisland has put itself on the map in recent years, both at home and abroad, as a leading think-tank working towards a smarter – and most of all a more social – society. Kennisland is now at the heart of society, with ++Spring HouseSpring House is a clubhouse for innovators. Curious people and organisations who refuse to go with the flow work here based on the shared conviction that society can become more social and sustainable. Read more as its base.
New developments require new innovation strategies
KL has worked on social innovation for almost twenty years, and is a change agent at the forefront of this movement.KL has worked on social innovation for almost twenty years, and is a change agent at the forefront of this movement. New developments in society give us cause for concern. These require new innovation strategies and approaches. We strive for a world with less division between population groups, where systems support people instead of making their lives difficult, where technologies bring progress rather than increasing social inequality. We work towards a democratic society and devote particular attention to perspectives that may not otherwise be heard.
We initiate innovation in a variety of areas: Education, Copyright, Social innovation, Government, the Cultural sector and Cultural heritage. We specifically look for new connections between these domains and link them to urgent problems relatedWe specifically look for new connections between these domains and link them to urgent problems related., for example, to inclusiveness, urban innovation and sustainability. Two new topics have been added: Care and Inclusive and future-proof cities.
Which radically-different care system can we imagine? How do older people wish to live and to grow old well? How do we want to treat older people as a society? How do we utilise and enhance the innovative capacity of nursing professionals? These questions form the basis for the projects we are using to start a broad social movement around innovation in care.
Inclusive and future-proof cities
The city offers opportunities to test and research strategies for a fair and sustainable society. Many social changes manifest themselves here first. The expertise gained through experience and resourcefulness of residents and social initiatives in the city play a key role here. We take urban innovation a step further by supporting those who innovate our cities. We also focus on problems connected to integration, inequality and inclusiveness.
Paul, Nora and Kimon
Paul Keller is taking over from Chris as chair of the board. Paul develops new projects and advises public bodies, cultural institutions and other organisations about policy, open data and open innovation. He focuses primarily on the topics of copyright, culture and urban innovation. At present, he is lobbying in The Hague and Brussels on behalf of Kennisland and cultural heritage institutions for modern copyright law that connects better with the digital knowledge society.
Nora van der Linden is a director and social innovation advisor and devises new approaches, strategies and interventions for complex social problems. Her goal is always to achieve better outcomes for people who are not so readily seen and heard in society, and to give them a voice. She is particularly involved with issues relating to urban innovation, education and inequality.
Kimon Moerbeek is a director and education advisor. He works on new ideas, programmes and partnerships that contribute to social innovation; stimulating people’s capacity to improve their own environment is particularly important to him. This applies to especially to education, but also to other areas.