In 2013 we continued to design and realise interventions to strengthen the knowledge society. We did this by becoming involved in the European discussion on copyright, by exploring opportunities for social enterprises in the Netherlands and by developing new methods in the field of social innovation.
Decentralisation and the allocation of governmental tasks to municipalities; the rise of civil initiatives; a policy paper on education; the effects of cuts in the cultural sector: these are all hot topics for Kennisland. We initiate debate on these issues and develop concrete interventions, testing them and learning from them.
Last year we established two new organisations: with Voor je Buurt (For your Neighbourhood) which supports neighbourhood initiatives through crowdfunding and crowsourcing, and with the KL Academy which focuses on leadership and organisational development within social and commercial organisations.
Click either of the arrows on the bottom right for a list (in no particular order) of our activities, our successes and a failure.
On the 3rd of December, Androulla Vassiliou, EU commissioner for Education and Culture, presented the 12 winners of the @diversity competition. In 2014 we will continue our involvement in @diversity by helping the winners implement their ideas. Read more
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Image: EU commissioner Androulla Vassiliou
In 2013, we founded Voor je Buurt, one of the first crowdfunding platforms for civic projects in the world. Successful crowdfunding platforms for art projects and entrepreneurs already existed in the Netherlands, but we were the first to show that online crowdfunding also works on a neighbourhood level. Last year, 83% of the projects were successful in collecting money, help and materials. Over 1000 backers supported the projects and they pledged 100.000 euros. Take a look at the platform and the blog!
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Image: Neighbourhood campsite in the Amsterdam Oosterpark by Ernst Yperlaan
In 2008 Education Pioneers started as a small pilot programme with 10 participants. In 2013 almost 60 teachers from primary, secondary and vocational education participated. With the help of the programme they generated innovative ideas relating to gamification, to language issues, to the potential function of instruction films, to education through the use of the iPad and to learning within the context of networks.
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Last year, more than 100 schools started organising their education more efficiently with the support of IIE. These schools learned from the transfer of knowledge and the expertise of 150 other IIE schools participating in the innovation programmes in primary and secondary education. An example is the use of ICT for more individually tailored learning in larger and more diversified groups of pupils.
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Creative Commons launched the 4.0 version of its license suite in December 2013 after an intensive two-year consultation. Kennisland worked closely with its Creative Commons partners to ensure that the licenses are in accordance with Dutch and European law. In comparison to previous versions, the 4.0 licenses are universal and applicable to the European Sui Generis Database laws.
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In 2013 Slimmernetwerk (Smarter Network), the network of innovators in the public sector, expanded to 4,000 members and enabled several important initiatives, such as Serious Ambtenaar (Serious Civil Servant) and Public Change Makers. Furthermore 30 'Do Tanks' were active.
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EYE Film Institue has put over 150 full-length films from their collection online on their own Open Images portal, not just to watch and enjoy, but free for reuse – for example on Wikipedia or in new creative works. We advised EYE on copyrights, communications and connecting to communities. Read more
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Since 2013 the Netherlands has a leadership programme specifically for the cultural sector: Leadership in Culture (LinC), co-developed and implemented by KL. More than 160 professionals signed up for this intensive course. After a careful selection, LinC started with 20 diverse participants who committed their creativity and intuition to a vital, effective and financially healthy sector.
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Image by Ed Schipul (CC BY)
With a successful pilot that allows members of the Dutch collecting society Buma/Stemra to make use of Creative Commons Licenses, we have shown that open content licensing and collective rights management can be combined. In 2013 Buma has given the pilot a permanent status and the European Union has incorporated this principle in the new directive on collective rights management.
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SINN (the Dutch Social Innovation Network), co-founded by Kennisland, organised 6 Social Innovation Meetups with great interest. In Pakhuis de Zwijger, dozens of participants discussed new business models, poverty reduction, labs for social change, social entrepreneurship and other topics regarding social innovation.
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Illustration: Erik Nap
Throughout 2013 Kennisland participated in the stakeholder dialogue 'Licenses for Europe' that has been initiated by the European Commission. As expected, one year of meetings in Brussels failed to identify any licensing-based solutions for 'making EU copyright law fit for the digital age'. At the end of 2013, the EU commission understood this and initiated a public consultation on new EU copyright rules (see youcan.fixcopyright.eu to give your opinion).
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Image: European Commission (all rights reserved)
Along with a creative team of artists and designers, we explored the possible role of social design as a change strategy for change regarding complex social issues in the Wicked Series (in collaboration with Hivos). This resulted in new perspectives, insights, solutions, and a new network. Follow our project with a women's shelter, where the method is further developed.
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Image by Aukje Dekker
Together with InWithForward we started Kansen die Werken (Opportunities that work) last October. In this exciting new approach, we design interventions in close cooperation with women in a shelter in Apeldoorn, interventions that, hopefully, will lead to their being able to make a new start in life in the way that they see fit.
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3 years into the Innovation Impulse for Education (IIE) project, we see a growing number of opportunities to spread the lessons learned to other schools all over the Netherlands. 20 IIE participants received the training necessary to become ambassadors of the IIE, and they are now assisting other schools with their own specific issues concerning innovation.
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Together with Hivos we invited 40 professionals from 20 different labs to Lab2: a successful two-day event about, for and by labs. This resulted in a new lab network, a public debate with the Dutch Social Innovation Network, a policy breakfast in The Hague and a number of presentations and publications, among others in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
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In 2013 we worked together with the Europeana Foundation to clear up some of the confusion surrounding the rights status of cultural objects. Since the beginning of the campaign in March 2012 more than 4 million objects have been labelled in a way that allows reuse. Read more
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Image: La Corniche bij Monaco, Claude Monet, 1884 (Public Domain)
From 2010 until mid-2013 we were directly involved in the so-called Top Team Creative Industries and the Dutch Creative Council. Our mission was to strengthen self-organisation and the lobbying power of the creative industries. Today, creative industries in the Netherlands can be gratified having their strongest position ever in The Hague and in Brussels.
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For years, the importance of social enterprises has been acknowledged in the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Belgium. Together with Social Enterprise NL we proposed a Dutch agenda for stimulating social enterprises to the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The next step is to actually implement measures to support this upcoming sector. Read more
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Illustration: Spraakmakende Verbeelding
In 2013, the European Commission launched the first Social Innovation Competition to find the best social innovation solutions to help people move towards work or create new types of work. Kennisland organised a Social Innovation Academy to help the 30 finalists bring their ideas to fruition. Read more about the Academy.
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What did the Netherlands sound like in the past, and what does it sound like today? Together with the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and the Auditieve Dienst we have made over 2,500 sounds available under a Creative Commons license. .
Have a look at www.geluidvannederland.nl
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Under the motto ‘Dare to share’ Kennisland researched the value of storytelling in the innovation practice of the Education Pioneers programme. Research among the participating teachers found that stories drive innovation and in addition make innovation immediately visible. On the basis of these insights we developed a method for dynamic evaluation.
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Traditionally, the role of local Courts of Auditors is to examine whether the proposed policy has been executed as planned. The real question, however, should be: did the policy measures result in the desired impact? This was the reason to start a Do Tank within the framework of Slimmernetwerk (Smarter Network). The actions of the Do tank resulted in an innovational research method that reveals the effects of policy measures on citizens.
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Last year Kennisland organised its fifth 'Safari', together with Hivos (an international development organisation) and the University of Amsterdam. For 10 days 23 participants from 11 different countries including Kenia, Italy and Iran worked, in Amsterdam, on complex social issues. This led to groundbreaking approaches towards youth unemployment, towards youth care, towards the problems embedded in a deprived neighbourhood, and towards the rise of the sharing economy. The Safari has advanced from being a summer school course to being part and parcel of the structure of Kennisland.Read more
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Over the past 3 years much has been achieved in Europe in the field of open data. Many public institutions and organisations have released their data and many developers have started working with it in various open data competitions. In June, under the flag of Apps for Europe, we opened the first Business Lounge in Amsterdam, which linked open data app makers to incubators, investors and open data experts to give a boost to these new businesses. Read more
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On 20 November, Kimon wrote a critical blogpost (in Dutch) about the lack of attention for innovation by teachers themselves in the latest policy paper of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Then the ministry asked him to help create an action network with the aim of generating concrete actions within the context of the ambitions of the policy paper.
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In addition to stimulating the growth of a knowledge-based society, Kennisland also attempts to address specific needs for change and innovation within both public and private organizations. For this purpose, we founded the KL Academy, which specialises in the development of leadership and organisational competence. The KL Academy clearly serves a need: we have already recruited an additional senior consultant.
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Students in 23 secondary schools took part in an IIE experiment called ‘Students for Students’, creating and reviewing more than 1,100 instructional videos, representing almost all the courses taught in all branches of secondary education. These are now free to use in all primary schools in the Netherlands.
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Kennisland actively supported a group of public sector managers in seeking new methods to prevent the potential loss of undisclosed tacit knowledge and the experience of employees. The need is high, since many civil servants will retire within the next few years. We set up a Do Tank that helped them develop small-scale experiments. A new interviewing technique was devised, based on interrogation methods used by the Dutch police force. It was successfully tested, adopted and implemented by the Dutch Land Registry.
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Image: 'Surveying at Innveien, Veiholmen, 1923' by Kristian Berge
In December, Paul joined the board of directors of Creative Commons. He has been involved with Creative Commons for more than 10 years and is the first European to join the board. Earlier in the year, Creative Commons announced that it would support efforts to reform copyright policy, something we at Kennisland have been in favour of for a long time.
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