Citizens & Living

To keep Amsterdam liveable the municipality collaborates with its citizens. On average Amsterdam’s population grows with 10.000 people a year. This small big city has a density of 5065 people per square km, over 180 different nationalities. 19% of the total Dutch GDP is earned in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. Between 2015 and 2016, the amount of tourists in Amsterdam increased by 7%. To keep Amsterdam’s 162 canals, monumental centre and residential areas liveable, innovative initiatives are required. Share your innovative concepts and ideas here!

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We are 3-CYCLE, a new upcycling project by Erik Fakkeldij (The Botfactory) and Joost Bosker (Oerz). We joint forces in 2019 to create new products from used pieces of plastics and metal. And... to make this a true dutch innovation, we use a setup with a bike to do the first steps of the upcycling process!

But that's not all... we do this by giving workshops and presentations to kids and the public to create more awareness. Our aim is to show that waste is not only bad for the environment, but it also means missed opportunities for reusing the waste and upcycling it into new products.

We believe this type of education is key for engaging the public, while making a
difference at the same time.

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Roundtable 'Sharing Cities: Shaping Tomorrow' (free)

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We need to see opportunities (including the growing momentum for building back better and accelerating transformation processes) as much as thinking of challenges. This roundtable aims to provide a creative and refreshing opportunity to focus on chances more than only challenges. We will explore how to think of opportunities, of ways forward, of hope and ambition. We want to also investigate how sharing cities are connecting and merging with different agendas and topics in Europe and around the world.

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Startup in Residence Toolkit Launch

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The last couple of months we’ve (together with other SiR pogrammes) worked really hard to create a Manual. This Manual contains tips, tools and insights that come from the collective knowledge of 6 SIR editions in Amsterdam, and 15+ editions in the Netherlands.
It is a step-by-step guide to set-up and run a SIR programme. It is a workbook with “how-to’s” per step, worksheets and insights from previous programmes and contains a library with useful attachments. We want to inspire and motivate others to explore new ways of working, to set up and run a SIR programme or develop and/or expand an existing programme.

We want to invite you to the online launch presentation on Wednesday 25th of November. The first presentation is from 10:30 – 12:00 (Dutch), the second presentation is 13:30 – 15:00 (English). During the presentation we will give more information about the Manual and have plenty of time to answer all of your questions.

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Circular Ecosystem Meetup

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Hoe zorg je ervoor dat je klant jouw duurzame circulaire product verkiest boven een mogelijk goedkoper alternatief? Wat is de behoefte van je klant, en hoe werkt zijn of haar uiteindelijke koopbeslissing? Wat is belangrijker: het product of het verhaal? Een cruciale vraag in de transitie naar een circulaire economie.

Hoe zorg je ervoor dat je klant jouw duurzame circulaire product verkiest boven een mogelijk goedkoper alternatief? Wat is de behoefte van je klant, en hoe werkt zijn of haar uiteindelijke koopbeslissing? Wat is belangrijker: het product of het verhaal? Een cruciale vraag in de transitie naar een circulaire economie.

Om ondernemers te helpen bij deze vraagstukken, organiseren we een circulaire meetup die volledig in het teken staat van Consumer Behaviour. Twee ondernemers openen de meetup en delen hun ervaring: Erik Toenhake, oprichter van Aarden, en Dorus Galema, oprichter van Gerrard Street. In het tweede gedeelte gaan we samen aan de slag met uitdagingen uit het publiek (lees hieronder hoe je je vraagstuk kan indienen!). We sluiten de meetup af met expert Jeroen van der Heijden, oprichter van IgnitedMinds. Hij geeft ons inzicht in de gedragspsychologie en besluitvorming van de klant en hoe dit werkt in de context van customer journeys en user flows.

Breng je casus in | Heb jij een duurzaam (en circulair) product, maar weet je niet hoe je je consument moet overtuigen? Dien je casus in vóór 16 november. Wij nodigen collega-ondernemers, beleidsmakers, circulaire experts en andere circulaire initiatiefnemers uit om mee te denken!


Het event vindt online plaats op 19 november van 15.00 uur tot 17.30 uur.


15:00 - 15:15 Welkom

15:15 - 15:45 Ondernemers Erik Toenhake en Dorus Galema nemen het woord + Q&A

15:45 - 16:45 Tips van Jeroen & Crowdsolve your challenge

16:45 - 17:15 Spreker Jeroen van der Heijden

17:15 - 17:30 Afsluiting


Erik Toenhake, oprichter Aarden

In 2010 lanceerde Erik Toenhake het eerste klimaatneutrale en eerlijk geproduceerde kostuum, met als doel om kleding eerlijker, schoner en duurzamer te produceren. Inmiddels heeft hij veel stappen gezet. Bij Aarden kun je kostuums leasen: na 2 of 3 jaar ontvangt Aarden de gedragen kostuums retour en zorgt voor verantwoord hergebruik of recycling. Op dit moment is Erik bezig met het ontwikkelen van een vegan pak, zonder dierlijke materialen.

Dorus Galema, oprichter Gerrard Street

Gerrard Street heeft een circulaire high-end koptelefoon met een leaseconstructie ontwikkeld. Ze zijn volledig modulair en daarom dus simpel te repareren. Gaat er iets stuk? Dan hoef je ‘m niet meer weg te gooien – Gerrard Street vervangt het onderdeel gratis. Van de beschadigde onderdelen maken ze weer nieuwe koptelefoons.

Jeroen van der Heijden, oprichter Ignited Minds

Ignited Minds is een team van specialisten op het gebied van gedragspsychologie, design thinking en customer journeys. Hun doel: slimmere en doelgerichte teams die betere klantervaringen realiseren en meer positieve impact maken, waardoor zij innovatie kunnen versnellen.

Doe mee

- Ontmoet collega-ondernemers en experts op het gebied van circulariteit in de Provincie Noord-Holland.

- Krijg waardevolle input vanuit verschillende invalshoeken voor je eigen vraagstukken en/of help (andere) ondernemers met jouw expertise.

- Krijg concrete tools om je klant beter te begrijpen.

- Maak impact en werk aan zaken waar je echt om geeft.

Circulair Ecosysteem

Dit event is georganiseerd door Impact Hub Amsterdam en de provincie van Noord-Holland. Zij werken samen om circulaire ondernemers met elkaar in contact te brengen om de transitie naar een volledig circulaire economie in 2050 te versnellen.

For the latest news and events on circularity in Noord-Holland, join our community on LinkedIn!

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Smart Citizens: Engagement and Participation

For my Master's Thesis, I am pursuing the topic of Smart Cities from the perspective of the citizen. Primarily, focusing on first, the awareness among citizens about their cities "smart initiatives" and secondly, the extent to which they participate and would like to participate in such initiatives. My sample population consists of normal citizens as I would like to investigate how much the average citizen is aware of these things. However, I am looking for people on this forum who have somewhat of a previous experience either about or working with smart cities who I could hopefully conduct a short interview with so I could use that as sort of a benchmark when compared to normal citizens of a city.

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Frans-Anton Vermast, Strategy Advisor & International Smart City Ambassador at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

Hungarian article on Amsterdam: What would change in the city where you live?

This article is written by Dobos Emese ( in collaboration with the Dutch Embassy in Hungary.

Most people think of technology and data about the smart city, while Amsterdam Smart City thinks of a donut. Creative ideas for more liveable cities.

What is a smart city? “Most of all, how can we make cities more liveable places for the people who live, work, play and improve their quality of life,” says Frans-Anton Vermast, Strategic Adviser and International Smart City Ambassador, who has been working in Amsterdam since 2008. (smart) strategy. For more than a decade, this was quite different: back then, the smart city was more about how we can improve air quality through electricity and connectivity, ”he recalls.

According to a large-scale survey of Amsterdammers, air pollution has been identified as a major problem. And because this is caused by fossil fuel vehicles, as a first step, plenty of electric chargers have been installed throughout the city to encourage more environmentally friendly transport.
The smart city strategy is, of course, the result of joint work: residents, companies, experts, NGOs and public authorities are equally involved in thinking. In the meantime, an “innovation cemetery” has also been set up: unused, unrealised ideas are collected here: they are reviewed every six months, because a problem that arises later may be the result of an earlier idea.

“Over the years, we’ve increasingly shifted from technology solutions to solving people’s problems,” he says, as their orientation has changed. It is precisely this approach that underpins the Netherlands ’smart city strategy established in 2017, that mobility, accessibility, sustainable and low-energy homes, improving air quality and healthy urbanisation are equally important in a truly smart city.

Would you give up sitting in a car for € 1,000 a month?

And there are several initiatives in Amsterdam to reduce air pollution and traffic. SMARTX presenting the strategies of Europe's leading smart city !!! conference, several of these will be presented by the expert. One is an electric charging station system through which not only can we charge our e-car in public places, for example, but if we have more energy than we need, we can recharge it - and the city pays us in return.

But it’s not just because it’s financially worthwhile to be a citizen of a smarter city: as part of the Zuidas project, thousands of workers in Amsterdam’s business center have been asked to leave their cars in parking garages and travel differently. The city paid them € 1,000 in exchange (that’s what employees would get for a leased car from the company). As part of the project, they were wondering when and why people would sit in a car. Most often they missed the car on the weekends, during a visit to a relative and shopping, and in the evening, with the thinness of public transport, but apart from this, they easily switched to community car-sharing solutions, resorted to taxis, rentals - or hopped on bikes. And from the feedback, they can form a useful strategy for reducing the city’s traffic.

Part of that is the Roboat program: anyone who has been to Amsterdam knows that canals weave across the city. Self-guided boats are also used to dampen traffic jams: they can also be used to supply the city's restaurants, so they can also act as freight carriers, but tourists can also use these boats: all you have to do is hit where you want to go and the boat takes the group there.

And the coronavirus epidemic has also accelerated developments already underway: mass-sensing cameras, also started due to traffic reductions, could be used in the city during the pandemic to monitor where crowds might develop (anonymously, of course) and whether people are being held. the distance. So through an app, residents had the opportunity to see how many there were in a park right now, so they could consider whether it was wise to go there.

The role of city dwellers

Problems are often first perceived and affected by city dwellers themselves, so it is important to know how they can be active. They need clear needs and channels to know where to turn with a problem or idea. And the best cities in the world are excellent at this, ”points out Samu Szemerey, a senior settlement expert at the Lechner Knowledge Center.

A Dutch initiative is FixMyStreet: the application was created specifically with the aim that if someone notices an extinct street lamp or pit, they can immediately signal it with a map - and the competent authorities will solve the problem. A similar domestic example is Járókelő.hu: anyone on the website can report a detected public space problem, which is processed voluntarily and forwarded to the authorities.

“There is also a huge opportunity for a city to be able to make good use of incoming data,” explains Samu Szemerey. For example, there is a Hungarian settlement where a flat-rate contract was switched on the basis of the collected and analysed data - the city saved 40 percent in terms of operation with the decision.

A donut model?

According to the 2020 ranking of the Smart City Index listing smart cities, Singapore, Helsinki and Zurich are the “smartest”: how city residents also classify their own city based on five main areas plays a big role in this. These are health and safety, mobility, activity, opportunity and governance. In addition to data that characterize the economy and technological development of cities, the participation of residents is also an important aspect. By the way, Amsterdam was ranked 9th, Vienna 25th and Budapest 77th and 109th.

Amsterdam is the first major city to introduce the so-called “Donut model”: the model is named after a British economist, Kate Raworth, a researcher at the Institute for Environmental Change at the University of Oxford, and the Dutch capital will now use it as a guideline in urban development. What is the point of this? The innermost circle of the donut, the hole, symbolizes basic needs (such as food, clean water, housing, public health, energy, education, gender equality, income, and a say in public life), and what is outside the donut’s ring indicates that we have exceeded the limits of the Earth, the ecological boundaries. Everyone should be in the donut, but no one is here: developed countries are beyond the donut and developing countries are in the hole.

Although the Netherlands is what we associate with wooden slippers and windmills, and the city, for example, is at the forefront of environmentally friendly, pollution-free urban mobility, there are aspects that are not met: the city’s emissions, for example, are 31 percent higher than in 1990. level - 62 percent of CO2 emissions come from imports of construction materials, food and consumer products. That is why Marieke van Doorninck, Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam, is also urging that materials be recycled and that as many natural sources as possible be used in construction.

The article was prepared in collaboration with the Dutch Embassy in Hungary and

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De mindset voor een menselijke slimme stad

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Met dit evenement brengen Amsterdam Smart City, BTG en de Gemeente Almere de Smart City Expo Barcelona naar je keukentafel!

Dat technologie kan helpen om de stad duurzamer en beter te maken, is niet nieuw. Het is de gedachte achter het concept ‘Smart City’ en de Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona die deze maand plaats zou vinden. Maar niemand wil in een Smart City wonen die zich alleen richt op technologie. Natuurlijk wel in een veilige, groene en bruisende stad.

Hoe creëren we die duurzame en leefbare steden? Hoe kan technologie hierin een nuttig middel zijn? Hoe zetten we mensen centraal in deze steden en nemen we hun waarden mee in de ontwikkeling?

Klaas van Egmond, hoogleraar Geowetenschappen, neemt ons mee in een inspirerend verhaal over de tijdsgeest en de mindset die nodig is om uitdagingen in steden aan te gaan. Vervolgens gaan we in gesprek. Hoe pas je deze mindset toe in je werk? Zie je partijen bij wie dit al goed lukt of juist niet? Daarna is er een roadshow met start-ups die betere straten, buurten en steden realiseren, met behulp van technologie. En als deelnemer kun je hen ook weer een stap verder helpen.

Als kers op de taart hebben we iets heel speciaals op de planning staan.. Hét online platform waar jij dagelijks online inspiratie en kennis haalt is volledig vernieuwd. Dit zullen we gezamenlijk en feestelijk met je lanceren!

Kortom, een evenement vol nieuwe inzichten, netwerk en inspiratie.

Programma 17 november 2020:

09.30 uur – Introductie

09.45 uur – Keynote door Klaas van Egmond + Q&A

10.20 uur – Breakouts – keukentafelgesprekken – nieuwe inzichten toegepast

10.45 uur - Break

10.55 uur – Roadshow door Metropoolregio – initiatieven die met behulp van tech betere straten, buurten, steden maken

11.10 uur – Lancering nieuw

11.25 uur - Afsluiting

Doe mee!

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Gezocht: pitches gericht op gebruiken data van burgermeetnetwerken

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Op woensdag 18 november organiseert de Future City Foundation een pitchcarrousel op het onderwerp van dataverzameling en dataverwerking binnen burgermeetnetwerken. Meld je pitch aan.

Om vraag en aanbod bij elkaar te brengen en kennis te delen, bieden wij zes bedrijven het podium om hun oplossing te pitchen voor een publiek dat bestaat uit ambtenaren en andere geïnteresseerden in het thema smart city uit het Future City Foundation netwerk.

Op woensdag 18 november organiseert de Future City Foundation een pitchcarrousel op het onderwerp van dataverzameling en dataverwerking binnen burgermeetnetwerken.

Om vraag en aanbod bij elkaar te brengen en kennis te delen, bieden wij zes bedrijven het podium om hun oplossing te pitchen voor een publiek dat bestaat uit ambtenaren en andere geïnteresseerden in het thema smart city uit het Future City Foundation netwerk.

Wat voor pitches zoeken we?

In steeds meer gemeenten wordt geëxperimenteerd met burgermeetnetwerken. Daarbij worden door burgers, met steun van de gemeente, sensoren opgehangen om een bepaald aspect van de leefbaarheid in die wijk te meten. Het verzamelen van data biedt de inwoners inzicht in hun eigen leefomgeving en geeft aan hoe ze deze kunnen versterken. Voor gemeenten (en andere overheden) biedt dit het voordeel dat ze hun beleid en dienstverlening veel preciezer kunnen afstemmen op de werkelijkheid (op meetresultaten in plaats van op aannames) en daardoor veel effectiever kunnen werken. We zoeken bedrijven die een product hebben dat hier een antwoord op geeft. Heel concreet kun je denken aan:

  • het leveren van een dashboard;
  • analysetools voor data;
  • het leveren van sensoren.

Wat bieden we?

  • 4 minuten in de spotlight
  • Meet&Greet mogelijkheden met de bezoekers (door middel van break-out rooms na de pitches) die belangstelling hebben voor je oplossing.
  • Toegang tot een netwerk
  • Deelname aan de pitchcarrousel is gratis
  • Op 12 november, tussen 16:00-17:00 uur een masterclass van oud-wethouder Yvonne Kemmerling over hoe effectief te pitchen voor de (lokale) overheid. Je wordt geacht hier bij te zijn.
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Transition from Smart to Inclusive city

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The primary objective of this research project is to enhance an understanding of the concept of inclusion and its criteria in Smart city discourse. The research ambition is applying the result as a tool for benchmarking inclusive smart cities, which can assess and improve them. To apply the result, we aim to work with cities like Amsterdam, The Hauge, and Rotterdam.

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Herman van den Bosch, Curator at Amsterdam Smart City; professor in management education , posted

There is probably no relation between urban compactness and the spread of Covid-19

American newspapers suggested a direct link between urban compactness and the spread of Covid-19. The Washington Post even considered the suburbs as the secret weapon against corona. Research shows that there is no statistical indication of such a relation. My newest blogpost discusses this research (in Dutch).

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Karolina Sawicka, Business Developer & Innovator at Spatial Experience, posted

Open Call for Innovative Concepts for emerging real estate

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Have you developed a promising concept that can transform emerging real estate?
Are you working on an idea and looking for support on your way to success? Discover how we can jointly build impactful ventures.

SPX Studio is the first Venture Builder aimed at solving challenges of emerging real estate sectors. We grow concepts into scalable solutions.

We invest selected resources into processes that nourish the growth of valuable companies. From the early stage, we collaborate to co-create experience-driven operating systems for a shared living (e.g. student housing, coliving among others) and mixed-use concepts, enhanced by technology.

Joining forces, we are enabled to deliver high-level business performance, learn from each other and evolve together. SPX Studio's objective is to establish long-lasting partnerships and convert them into profitable business ventures. We are helping promising entrepreneurs and start-ups to achieve their potential, while also growing with them.

We empower sustainable transformations within cities and communities while enabling innovation in the real estate industry. If you would like to learn more about SPX Studio, visit our web page ( or read the article about the launch in the third edition of Coliving Insights (

Are you a tech enabler, a think-tank or a visionary real estate investor? Get in touch to discover ways to collaborate through the email:

About SPX:
Spatial Experience (SPX) is an innovation hub working in the intersection of design, technology and research to shape the future of living. Through a 360 approach, SPX drives impact in real estate by the work of three pillars: SPX Agency, which provides Branding & Marketing Creative Solutions to real estate brands; SPX Lab, a Research & Development platform exploring future development; and SPX Studio, our own Start-up Studio bridging the digital and real world.

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Ioana Biris, co owner at Nature Desks, posted

How to make cities #GreenerHealthierWilder! Voices from around the world.

Save this date - 29.10 - and register for #GreenerHealthierWilder, an event brought to you by our friends from National Park City Foundation, Salzburg Global Seminar and World Urban Parks. - FREE -

1 day, 3 sessions, 50 voices! 🌳🌎
From #Amsterdamm Daan Bleichrodt #tinyforests - from #ClujNapoca #SomesDelivery - from #Bogota Maria Mejia & many many others.

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Lessons for Green Recovery from the Amsterdam region

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‘Collaborate, put technology to the benefit of the people and use this crisis to become more sustainable’, those were the three lessons vice-mayor of Haarlemmermeer Marja Ruigrok presented at the Mayors’ Summit of the EU’s Intelligent Cities Challenge. This initiative from the European Commission unites 126 cities, among which 20 mentors, to work towards green recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and the transition towards a sustainable digital society. Around 200 mayors and other representatives joined the Summit, where Ruigrok held a keynote speech.

You can read the full speech below.

EU 100 Intelligent Cities Challenge Mayors’ Summit

Speech by vice-mayor of Haarlemmermeer Marja Ruigrok on behalf of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area

Honorable guests, ladies and gentlemen, It is a great pleasure and honor for the Amsterdam Metropolitan Region region and to me personally, to be invited as mentor region to the Mayors’ Summit of the Intelligent Cities Challenge by the EU. I would like to express my gratitude to the European Commission for launching the Intelligent Cities Challenge. With this programme you have recognized the power of cities in the transformation of Europe to an intelligent, green and healthy continent, you see the need for support to cities to make this transition happen, and in this programme, you facilitate the network that cities can create.

Today I am proud to represent the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. This region consists of 32 municipalities and two provinces with 2.5 million inhabitants, an international hub covering 20% of the GDP. As vice-mayor, I am responsible for Economy, Innovation and Mobility in Haarlemmermeer, a municipality of 150.000 inhabitants in the center of the region, home to the international airport Schiphol.

As you can imagine, COVID19 has changed our regional economy rapidly with a decrease of 29%. But during the lockdown, we saw a lot of creativity. For example, logistics employees who suddenly had no work at the airport anymore could be connected to the supermarkets in our region, where there was an adaptation needed to a whole different logistics chain in order to keep supplying our citizens with food and other essentials. Another example is the accommodation of hotels in the region and creative thinking in attracting leisure stay due to the loss of business overnight stay.

But before I zoom in further on crisis and recovery, I’d like to emphasize one thing. As a region, we gladly accepted the invitation to become a so-called mentoring region in this programme, because we strongly believe in the power of sharing experiences and knowledge with other cities and regions - my personal motto is, if you are not able to share, you cannot multiply. Nevertheless, let me assure you that we may be called mentor here, but we also learn by seeing what other cities do. The success story of our region has likewise been established by knowledge and innovation coming from your cities, and from the cooperation between European cities and regions. These bridges between our cities and regions are crucial, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to help strengthen them.

We all know the COVID19-crisis has hit cities the hardest. The density of the city population, and the social exchanges between our citizens make it so easy for a virus to spread. At the same time, cities are the stakeholders Europe needs to climb out of the crisis. In cities, we are creating the ideal circumstances for social distancing and by helping our citizens, our companies, our institutes, and our schools cope with the new situation. And in the longer term, cities are the places were intelligent and sustainable recovery measures are developed and implemented.

And that is also why we applaud the European Commission and the Intelligent Cities Challenge Team: they were actively helping cities in sharing their COVID19 related best practices, even before the Challenge officially started.

Now I would like to share what my region is doing right now. I will focus on three lessons we have learned.

First lesson: collaborate and be a facilitator to all your stakeholders

For a local or regional government, it can feel tempting because it obviously will be faster, to create an entire strategy for making the city smarter, and present that to the companies and research and educational institutes in your municipality. We have learned - and I hope you will follow us in this vision - to do it the other way around: we involve all relevant stakeholders in order to create the strategy together, because from their perspective, they know better than we governments do what is necessary for our region. You know the old saying: if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together. So, going far together, really going the distance, is at the core of our strategy.

In order to involve all the relevant stakeholders, we created an independent and neutral organisation, the Amsterdam Economic Board, and its programme Amsterdam Smart City. Here, local government, knowledge institutes and companies work together to establish the actions we need to become a future proof, intelligent, green, and healthy region that is inclusive for all citizens. Amsterdam Smart City is an active innovation platform that brings together all relevant stakeholders, including citizens, collaborating towards innovative solutions for the city. This platform is open to the international community, so I would like to invite all ICC cities to join our Amsterdam Smart City platform.

Second lesson: put technology to the benefit of people, not the other way around

In all our initiatives, we try to put our citizens in the center of developments. Of course, you cannot involve all your citizens in every decision, but in the end, it is the citizen that is the core. I will give an example to explain. When the schools had to close because of COVID19, we saw that the schools and most students and their parents easily adapted to online learning, but in the whole country, we realized we also lost a group of children. At home, they didn’t have easy access to a computer or internet, or their parents couldn’t help them because they were not able to work from home. This was a serious problem. Therefore, in various places in the country, actions were started to provide these children with second hand laptops to help them connect to their schools. Several companies sponsored this action.

Creating access to the internet is also a means of democratizing technology, and therefore creating an inclusive society. This is just one example, but as general rule: we should support the creation of new business models in the data economy, but we should also be aware who has access to data. My core message is: always be careful to put the citizen in the center of your ambitions. In other words: focus on people first, not (only) the technology.

And that brings me to the third lesson learned: never waste a good crisis

Just like the EU, our Amsterdam Metropolitan Region is aiming for a green and inclusive recovery. That is why we are working on our own regional Green Deal, together with the business and knowledge sector. While I cannot share the outcome of this process yet, as that is expected in December, I can provide you with some examples today. Together we will establish programmes in which we will reskill and upskill citizens who have lost their jobs due to the crisis towards green and tech jobs. This is a short-term measure, with initiatives that have already started and will be replicated and upscaled. We will also join forces to change the relevant curricula of all levels of education towards a greener economy, which is a measure for the longer term.

To reinforce economic development and sustainability, we will redefine building plans to accelerate towards fully energy neutral and circular new buildings. To take into consideration is the need for shorter food-chains ánd living, working and recreation within a short distance, so called the 20 minute-society. Relevant to mention as well are the agreements with organizations and employers to avoid rush hour, accelerated by the crisis and the fact that many more people use the bicycle (well at least in the Netherlands). And there is a lot more. So, to wrap up: even when times are hard, push your ambitions to create a better, more inclusive, economic sustainable world. See the energy transition as a job creator. See every crisis as an opportunity to get better.

In conclusion, I would like to affirm that this is just the start of the dialogue with you all on the issues that we as cities and regions are sharing together. I have not given you the recipe for the cities’ intelligent recovery from the crisis or the transition to a green sustainable society, because there is not one recipe for this. For now, I have given a glimpse of how we work in our region and what lessons we learned. Please feel free to follow us, to replicate the elements that would benefit you, but also do share your knowledge with us.

That way, my fellow mayors, we can walk together, on this path towards greener and more inclusive European cities.

Thank you.

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Mathieu Dasnois, Communications Manager at Metabolic, posted

Do you want to make a change? Join the field of sustainability/circular economy

One of the most powerful actions you can take is to starve the forces of extraction. To deny them your time, your efforts, your brilliance and to dedicate that time to sustainability, circularity, and global justice.

If you have the time and willingness, Metabolic is looking for dedicated and passionate individuals to help us accelerate the transition to a circular economy and a sustainable future. Help us find good people.

We're looking for a science writer/in-house journalist/content producer to help us bring these issues and topics to new heights and new reach.

We're also looking for an intern for our Ventures team!

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Amsterdam Smart City, Connector of opportunities at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

Amsterdam Smart City Ambassadors wanted!

For a big campaign we’re preparing, we’re looking for 40 members who want to act as ASC ambassadors in our next video! You don’t have to have any special skills and you can shoot it right out of the comfort of your own home (you’ll be done within a minute, we promise). If you want to contribute, you’ll be starred together with 39 other members in our next short community video! For more instructions, please let us know at or call +316 211 82 309

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Sara de Boer, Program maker , posted

Uitreiking Trouw Duurzame top 100

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Het is tijd voor de twaalfde editie van de Trouw Duurzame 100. Een feestelijk (online) programma, vol toonaangevende sprekers en inspiratie van de duurzame denkers en doeners van nu. In het programma worden de meest duurzame initiatieven van 2020 onthuld. Welke duurzame Nederlanders staan dit jaar aan top?

Het is tijd voor de twaalfde editie van de Trouw Duurzame 100. Een feestelijk (online) programma, vol toonaangevende sprekers en inspiratie van de duurzame denkers en doeners van nu. In het programma worden de meest duurzame initiatieven van 2020 onthuld. Welke duurzame Nederlanders staan dit jaar aan top?

Wederom staat de duurzame burgerbeweging centraal. Gewone mensen dus, die zich inspannen om Nederland groener te maken. Vaak samen, soms individueel. Door insecten te helpen, een voedselbos te planten, afval op te ruimen, te protesteren voor het klimaat, te recyclen of spullen te delen. En ga zo maar door. De groene beweging ‘van onderop’ is springlevend! Welk burgerproject wordt dit jaar uitgeroepen tot de nummer 1 van de Trouw Duurzame 100?

Kijk en praat mee, op 8 oktober vanaf 20.30 uur!

Online event on Oct 8th
Asad Hussain Syed, Master's Student , posted

Smart City Thesis

Hey everyone,
I'm in my last semester right now and I'm supposed to submit a Master's Thesis by February. I have always been interested with everything regarding smart cities. Previously, I had done sort of a mini thesis if you will, on the awareness among citizens about smart cities and how they can be involved more in the planning and development of such cities and not just solely focusing on the technology aspect. I would like to further explore how people from different cultures think differently and basically have different mindsets and opinions about smart cities. Would like to know from the people over here if this is a good topic to pursue and/or if you have suggestions for any other topic in the same field I could do.

Thank you.

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Herman van den Bosch, Curator at Amsterdam Smart City; professor in management education , posted

English version of e-book 'Cities of the future...' is available

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I 'am happy to announce the availability of the English version of my new e-book 'Cities of the Future: Always Humane. Smart if Helpful. You can download it for free. The boek deals with 15 urban challenges like waste, global warming, health, food quality, traffic, housing, living environment, safety, participation, empowerment and resilience. It describes 75 city actions to deal with these challenges.

You will find the English version here:

and the Dutch version here:

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Audrie van Veen, International Strategist at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

Helsinki publishes guide to agile urban pilots

How to get the most out of urban experimentation? The guidebook for urban developers sums up learnings and experiences from agile piloting in Helsinki.
The Pocket Book for Agile Piloting shares the experiences from Smart Kalasatama and Jätkäsaari Mobility Lab in Helsinki and condenses the key learnings in a pragmatic and easily digestible way. Free download via Forum Virium

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Anne-Ro Klevant Groen, Marketing and Communications director at Fashion for Good Experience, posted

Fashion for Good Amsterdam: PATCHWORK 2020 - Exhibition Tour by Tess van Zalinge

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Please join us for a very special inside look at our latest exhibition ‘Patchwork 2020’ – the first ever digital collection from Dutch designer Tess van Zalinge! Tess will share insights into working with trailblazing digital technology alongside the traditional craftsmanship of demi-couture, to explore and push the boundaries of what sustainable fashion looks like in the future.

About the Collection

Earlier this year Tess van Zalinge was invited to establish a new demi-couture collection at Helsinki Fashion Week 2020. Due to the global situation, a physical show was not possible and Helsinki Fashion Week became the first-ever virtual fashion week around the world. This served as the main source of inspiration for Tess’ new collection ‘Patchwork 2020’ - her first digital collection.The collection makes use of cutting edge technologies to translate the craftsmanship of Tess’s pieces into digital: the handcraft details and tactility all requiring many layers of development. The exhibition aims to show how working with what you have available can lead to inspiration, innovation and sustainability.

About Tess van Zalinge

Tess’ love for heritage, detailed craftsmanship and historical costume design are common themes throughout her work. Tess translates her conscious mindset both into her designs and values as a label. Each piece from her collections is handcrafted in her beautiful Amsterdam atelier, where she constantly explores the potential for responsibility in fashion through fresh collaborations, inspiring partnerships and new demi-couture collections. Fine quality and longevity have been the prime focus for the label since its founding. Since then, Van Zalinge has launched a demi-couture collection every year and has worked on multiple collaborations including Fashion for Good, Artis, WNF, Royal Delft, Circl, the Centraal Museum Utrecht and more.

Your ticket price is a donation that goes towards the Fashion for Good Experience, helping to bring these kinds of events to life!

Event on Oct 1st