Social innovations in the social transformation process

Duration July 2012 – October 2013

Project Manager Jens Aderhold, Jana Rückert-John

The project “Social innovations and beneficial forms of governance in the social transformation process” was launched at the beginning of July 2012. The aim is to further systematize knowledge about social innovations and, based on this, to develop suitable, novel governance strategies to promote social innovations.

The project follows an explorative approach. The systematization and typification of social innovations is based on literature and internet research and selected expert interviews. To develop new governance strategies, cooperative policy models of state and civil society initiatives are reconstructed and taken up for further development.

The Institute for Social Innovation e.V. (ISInova) cooperates with the Center for Technology and Society at the TU Berlin, which is responsible for project management. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Federal Environment Agency (UBA).

Contact: Jens Aderhold, Jana Rückert-John (

Research report “Experimental Space City. Good Governance for Social Innovation on the Way to Sustainability Transformation” at UBA or on the project at the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB) as pdf document

Conference “New Forms of Governance for a Sustainable Transformation of Society

on 14-15 October 2013 at the ZTG of the TU Berlin.

Sustainable development requires new forms of governance. Although the necessity of corresponding societal transformation processes has largely been recognized, questions of their content and socio-political design are still relatively in their infancy. There is a strong debate on how the transformation of society towards sustainable development can be conceptualized, shaped and socially managed. It is unclear what institutional and structural changes and political frameworks are needed to achieve this. Are the existing instruments of social governance sufficient or do new forms of governance need to be created?

Based on this question, the conference will analyze political and institutional options for shaping the future, as well as the conditions and barriers that are conducive to new forms of governance. Concrete requirements of sustainable development will then be compared with existing problem-solving capacities and new options for shaping sustainable development will be explored.

Scientists, decision-makers and representatives of associations were equally invited to the conference.

Contact: Jens Aderhold, Jana Rückert-John (

Call for Papers: Conference “New Forms of Governance”

Programme: Programme_Conference “New Forms of Governance”

Report on Berlin Sciences

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