Nora van der Linden, directeur en adviseur sociale innovatie
Nora van der Linden

Nora van der Linden, director and advisor social innovation

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Director and advisor social innovation

Nora van der Linden

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Nora van der Linden is a director and social innovation advisor. She leads the KL team together with Paul Keller and Kimon Moerbeek. She develops new approaches, strategies and interventions for complex social problems. Nora wants to achieve better outcomes for people who are not seen and heard in society, and to give them a voice. She is particularly concerned with problems connected to urban innovation, education and inequality.

In 2012, Nora set up Radical Innovators, a competition for individuals and organisations working on creative solutions to complex problems. She has developed a variety of learning programmes to support social innovators in the Netherlands, Europe and the rest of the world. In recent years these have included the European Social Innovation Competition, Hivos Learning Community and various Social Innovation Safaris.++ChallengesWhy competitions, challenges and accelerators are instruments for innovation? Read it here. During her first years at KL, Nora gained much experience organising bottom-up innovation in education by setting up experimental projects and networks with teachers and school leaders, such as for Innovation Impulse for Education.

Nora is currently exploring and developing new topics and partnerships for KL. Which social problems require new innovation strategies and methods? Her priorities include devising new approaches and solutions for problems connected to urban innovation, education and inequality.

Nora studied sociology and the philosophy of science at the University of Amsterdam and McGill University in Montreal. She was particularly involved with knowledge development and the role that science, politics and language play in so-called wicked problems.++Wicked problemsFor example, she investigated how scientific jargon excludes citizens and makes it difficult for them to participate in the public debate. KL is also involved with wicked problems: complicated issues, without a clear problem owner, definition or solution. During her studies she was the chair of HappyChaos, a collective of Amsterdam students who organise debates on social issues. She taught at the UvA for a year and a half, and has worked at Kennisland since 2011.

Nora is from Amsterdam and lives with her boyfriend and son in Buitenveldert (the new Amsterdam-Noord). She loves reading, football and dancing. In her spare time, she loves travelling through the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe in their thirty-year-old camper van.