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1 EFC Research Forum's Fifth Stakeholders' Conference Research and Social Innovation The Potential for European Foundations to Pave the Way Wilhelm Krull Barcelona, February 9, 2012

2 Wilhelm Krull2 Change is the only thing in the world which is unchanging. Heraklitos

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5 5 And What Does Vincent Cerf Think? Q: You’re called by many, one of the ‘fathers of the internet’. What do you think of your baby now? A: Astonished at its evolution and growth, Hopeful that it will reach well beyond the present 2 billion users, Amazed at the response to the WWW infrastructure, Worried about government intervention that might seriously harm the openness that has driven innovation in and around the Internet, Excited by the possibility of extending its operation across the solar system to support manned and robotic space exploration (…). Source:http://www.innovationexcellence.com/blog/2012/01/24/father-of-the-internet-knows-best/

6 Content 1.Defining “Innovation” 2.Online Knowledge 3.Online Philanthropy 4.Social Innovation through Research 5.Conclusions

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8 8 404,000,000 x “Innovation”

9 Wilhelm Krull9 Top 10 Overused Terms The career networking site LinkedIn studied 135 million member profiles and came up with a list of top ten over-used business buzzwords.

10 Wilhelm Krull10 “The word innovation is one of the most overused, underdefined terms in organizational life. No one seems to be sure just what the word means. Is it merely something new to a given organization or a development that challenges the prevailing wisdom in a field? Is it an initiative that achieves a certain cachet as the fashion of the moment or something that actually changes the course of practice?.” Paul C. Light: Sustaining Innovation. Creating Nonprofit and Government Organizations that Innovate Naturally, San Francisco 1998, p. XIV.

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13 Content 1.Defining “Innovation” 2.Online Publishing 3.Online Philanthropy 4.Social Innovation through Research 5.Conclusions

14 Wilhelm Krull14 The First Plea for Open Access? Patet omnibus veritas. Truth lies open to all. Seneca

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18 Wilhelm Krull18 German Daily Newspapers: Minus % Readers Each Year

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22 Wilhelm Krull22 E-Research with Ancient Documents

23 Wilhelm Krull23 BTU Cottbus: The Transformation of a Library into an Information, Communications and Media Centre

24 Content 1.Defining “Innovation” 2.Online Knowledge 3.Online Philanthropy 4.Social Innovation through Research 5.Conclusions

25 Wilhelm Krull25 New Modes of Fund Raising…

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30 Content 1.Defining “Innovation” 2.Online Knowledge 3.Online Philanthropy 4.Social Innovation through Research 5.Conclusions

31 Wilhelm Krull31 The Five “Is” of 21st Century Research Internationalisation Interdisciplinarity Innovativeness Infrastructure Information Technology

32 Wilhelm Krull32 Funding Research Means Investing in… … the production of new knowledge. … the tearing down of intellectual walls. … the qualification of the next generation of researchers. … the innovativeness of science, society, and the economy.

33 Wilhelm Krull33 What Do Private Foundations Need to Foster Socially Innovative Research? 1. Foresight and Autonomy 2. Originality and Innovativeness 3. Risk-taking and Courage 4. Persistence and Perseverance 5. Diversity and Interaction 6. Responsibility and Ownership 7. Networking and Joint Funding

34 Wilhelm Krull34 A Volkswagen Foundation Funding Initiative: Future Issues of Our Society Individual and Societal Perspectives of Ageing Study Groups on Migration and Integration European Foreign and Security Policy Studies Bridging the Gap: Welfare State Transformation. Europe and Global Challenges

35 Wilhelm Krull35 Europe and Global Challenges – a Joint Initiative for Transnational Research

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37 Wilhelm Krull37 Focus on the Humanities – a Joint Initiative of the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung and the Volkswagen Foundation Opus magnum Persons wishing to draft a major publication on a challenging subject can secure the necessary freedom for these studies by financing deputy teaching through an “opus magnum” grant. Dilthey Fellowships These fellowships are directed at excellent young researchers who on completion of their doctorate wish to open up new areas with their longer-term and possibly risky projects.

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40 Content 1.Defining “Innovation” 2.Online Knowledge 3.Online Philanthropy 4.Social Innovation through Research 5.Conclusions

41 Wilhelm Krull41 Conclusions Electronic communication and e-research are clearly on the rise: New opportunities, also with respect to the past. Open access to source materials and publications has become a necessity. Transformative research requires collaborations across disciplinary, institutional, and national boundaries. Also among foundations there is an increasing tendency towards collaborative initiatives: Joint efforts for the sake of higher impact! To bring about fundamentally new thoughts, inventions and innovations requires different modes of funding: Moving from short- term low trust relationships towards medium- to long-term environments.

42 Wilhelm Krull42 The Way Ahead Pushing the limits of knowledge creation: How can artists and researchers join forces? Beyond the cages of project funding: How can we provide more time and space for creativity? Exploring new grounds off the beaten track: How are we to stimulate new approaches towards ‘wild ideas’?

43 Wilhelm Krull43 Non est enim in rebus vitium, sed in ipso animo. For the fault is not in the wealth, but in the mind itself. Seneca


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