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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Webinar: De rol van de regio bij smartcityontwikkelingen

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Bij ‘smart city’ gaat het niet alleen over slimme steden. Digitalisering en technologisering veranderen ook onze regio’s en dorpen. Maar wat is de rol van de regio bij smartcityontwikkelingen?

Op 9 september gaan we van 16.00 – 17.15 uur daarover in gesprek met koplopers van provincies, steden en het bedrijfsleven.

Maar dat niet alleen, op 9 september verwelkomen we ook onze nieuwe partners! Onder andere de provincie Noord-Brabant ondertekent onze City Deal. We zijn heel blij met deze nieuwe aanwinst! Om het feestje compleet te maken, lanceren we die dag onze City Deal Toolbox vol met smartcitytoepassingen voor steden, dorpen én de regio.

Wanneer: 9 september, 16.00 – 17.15 uur

Waar: Online

Kosten: Gratis

Programma

16.00 uur – Welkom door Jan-Willem Wesselink (programmamanager City Deal ‘Een slimme stad, zo doe je dat’).

16.05 – Dit doen we in de City Deal ‘Een slimme stad, zo doe je dat’ – pitchronde met 13 instrumenten.

16. 20 – Presentatie van de Toolbox met Diana van Altena (Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties) en Thamar Zijlstra (NEN)

16.35 - Ondertekening van de City Deal door de provincie Noord-Brabant en door Avans Hogeschool en gesprek met Martijn van Gruijthuijsen, gedeputeerde van Noord-Brabant en met Philippe Raets, voorzitter van het College van Bestuur van Avans.

16.55 – Gesprek met koplopers uit provincie, steden en het bedrijfsleven, waaronder René Visser (VodafoneZiggo), Leonie van den Beuken (Amsterdam Smart City) en Frank Reniers (Agenda Stad/Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties) over de rol van de regio bij smartcityontwikkelingen onder leiding van projectmanager van de City Deal, Jan-Willem Wesselink.

17.15 – Afsluiting met borrel

Over de City Deal

Binnen de City Deal werken nu zo’n 175 smartcityprofessionals aan 13 instrumenten om digitalisering en technologisering te borgen in de stad. In die borging en implementatie van de instrumenten speelt de regio een belangrijke rol en daarover gaan we op 9 september in gesprek. Meer weten over de City Deal ‘Een slimme stad, zo doe je dat’? Kijk op: www.citydealslimmestad.nl.

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Online event on Sep 9th
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Transforming the food system through impact-driven ventures

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A sustainable food system is critical to our social and planetary well-being.

New initiatives have a big role to play, and Metabolic's newest venture, Fresh Ventures Studio, is looking to help build promising companies to solve systemic challenges.

Fresh Ventures is a venture-building program and startup studio based in The Netherlands. They co-found companies with experienced professionals and entrepreneurs to address systemic challenges in the food system.

If you're an entrepreneur looking into building a venture that responds to the world's sustainability challenges, sign up with Fresh: https://www.freshventures.eu/

More about its establishment and purpose from this article.

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LIVECAST: De sociale rekening van de energietransitie

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Wie betaalt de rekening van de energietransitie eigenlijk? Nu komen duurzame subsidies nog vooral bij hoge inkomensgezinnen terecht en voelen gezinnen met een lager inkomen duurzaam beleid relatief veel harder in hun portemonnee.

In Amsterdam Zuidoost is de energietransitie al volop aan de gang: het warmtenet wordt uitgebreid en burgerinitiatieven voor bijvoorbeeld alternatief gas ontstaan. Maar tegelijkertijd blijft isolatie vaak achter, stijgen energierekeningen en zijn er bewoners die de informatie niet begrijpen of vertrouwen.

Sociale gevolgen van de energietransitie
In deze LIVECAST gaan we in gesprek over de sociale gevolgen van de energietransitie. Hoe maken we de energietransitie rechtvaardiger, zodat het voor iedereen voordelig is om mee te doen? Een gesprek over klimaat en ongelijkheid aan de hand van voorbeelden uit Amsterdam Zuidoost.

Note van ASC: Like als je vindt dat meer mensen dit moeten lezen. De populairste berichten lichten we uit in onze Weekly nieuwsbrief.

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Reimagining our relationship with land through regenerative agriculture.

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The term regenerative agriculture is popping up more and more often in news and articles. Often mentioned as the key to agricultural green transition, important for carbon sequestration purposes… but what is it exactly?

Regenerative farming, or farming in line with nature, also known as restorative agriculture or eco-agriculture, is a nature-based solution, and it is significantly different from organic farming.

Learn more from this article.

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Podcast met Rijksbouwmeester Floris Alkemade

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‘Andere ontwerpprincipes voor een mobiliteitsysteem zijn noodzakelijk.’ Deze podcast met Floris van Alkemade over de kunst van verandering is nog altijd actueel (deze zomer te gast bij Zomergasten VPRO).

‘Vergrijzing kan een enorme maatschappelijke potentie hebben’
Geert Kloppenburg en Alexander van Altena spreken met rijksbouwmeester Floris Alkemade over waarom verandering eigenlijk helemaal niet radicaal is. Wat gebeurt er als je met andere ontwerpprincipes naar mobiliteit gaat kijken? En hoe kunnen we buitenwijken inrichten voor de mobiliteit van de toekomst?

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World Smart City Expo Seoul

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The Dutch embassy in Seoul is inviting (online and, if possible, offline) Dutch companies to the Netherlands Pavilion at the World Smart City Expo in South Korea from 8 to 10 September! You can register and participate for free to have your company promoted during the expo.

The embassy can represent you in the Netherlands Pavilion with your own brochures, videos, posters and other promotional material. You can also participate in other online business activities around the fair. If the current travel restrictions for South Korea (2 weeks quarantine) are lifted, you can of course also participate physically.

Dutch-Korean Smart city cooperation

Various missions, a Government-to-Government Memorandum of Understanding (G2G-MoU) and smart city awards have brought Dutch and Korean activities in the field of smart city closer together since 2018. Smart cities are an important growth market. Partly for this reason, the Netherlands is very well represented with its own pavilion at the World Smart City Expo 2021 in Seoul.

For whom?

Participation is interesting if your company is active in the field of energy-neutral construction ('zero energy building'), smart mobility ('smart mobility') or urban agriculture ('urban agriculture'). It doesn't matter if you are a start-up, want to seize international opportunities for the first time, or are already active internationally.

Interested?
Please contact Mr Peter Wijlhuizen, Senior Officer for Innovation, Technology and Science

Email: pw@nost-korea.com

* You will be able to see that the deadline to register yourself for this opportunity is over via the RVO link.
However, the deadline has been extended, so please first send your application to the above email address.

Online event from Sep 8th to Sep 10th
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How to create a sustainable bioeconomy

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Today the bioeconomy is everywhere: We see it in the clothing we wear, the packaging that comes to our house daily, the house we live in, the food we eat, and the energy that fuels our life.

For the bioeconomy to truly be sustainable and circular, it must meet certain conditions:

• Using fundamentally renewable biological feedstocks
• Maximizing the varied types and cycles of biological resources
• Contributing to the biological cycle

Learn more from this article.

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Organic vs regenerative farming: What’s the difference?

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The long-term use of the industrialized agricultural system, synthetic pesticides and fertilizers has degraded the crucial foundation of agriculture which is soil.

To change this narrative, the key lies in regenerative farming. This is not only beneficial for increasing biodiversity and (environmental as well as economic) resilience, but the regenerated soil can also be used as carbon sinks, storing carbon both above and below ground in their greenery and in their root systems, and helping reverse climate change.

The benefits of regenerative models do not end here, check out this article to find out more.

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14 questions to guide entrepreneurs towards deep and lasting impact

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To achieve a circular economy, innovation is key. One of the key ways to get here is through entrepreneurship. To be effective in this journey, entrepreneurs need to know how to navigate what creating a deep, transformational impact really means.

• How do we decide where to focus our attention?
• How do we design solutions and organizations that provide the best chances for success?

14 questions to maximize impact
Chis Monaghan, Co-Founder at Fresh Ventures Studio, a Metabolic spinoff, developed these 14 questions to serve as a simple checklist for anyone looking to maximize the impact of a particular initiative. Fresh Ventures is a venture-building program and startup studio based in The Netherlands.

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Applications for Data Transparency in Public Space Conference (Virtual)

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We are accepting abstracts for papers, posters/artwork, and workshops. The quality/uniqueness of work and adherence to conference theme is more important than credentials. As a reminder, your paper should address either (1) law and regulations, (2) data transparency in practice, or (3) possible futures. If you are unsure of whether or not to apply please email the conference organizers.

Submissions due Aug 15th! Conference October 6-7th.

The NWO funded research group BRIDE (BRIdging Data in the built Environment) and AMS Institute’s Responsible Sensing Lab are coming together to co-host a conference on data transparency in public space.

Cities have increasingly been collecting and analyzing data generated from sensors in public space. This conference will explore how data collecting capabilities and uses are made available (and understandable)
to the general public.

This event is for
Scholars, activists, legal experts, city planners, citizens, data scientists, and students will come together to better understand:

  1. the global legal status of data transparency in public space
  2. how data transparency in public space works in practice
  3. prototypes and ideas for the future based on the needs of the general public as well as corporate and governmental stakeholders.

We welcome you either virtually or in person with us in Amsterdam (limited "in-person" space available) to discuss and learn about these issues. If you wish to attend and not present send an email to dtps2021-bms@utwente.nl to stay updated.

Note from ASC: Have a question? Let’s hear it in the comments.

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Promotion opportunity during World Smart City Expo Seoul

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The Dutch embassy in Seoul is inviting (online and, if possible, offline) Dutch companies to the Netherlands Pavilion at the World Smart City Expo in South Korea from 8 to 10 September! You can register and participate for free to have your company promoted during the expo.

The embassy can represent you in the Netherlands Pavilion with your own brochures, videos, posters and other promotional material. You can also participate in other online business activities around the fair. If the current travel restrictions for South Korea (2 weeks quarantine) are lifted, you can of course also participate physically.

Dutch-Korean Smart city cooperation

Various missions, a Government-to-Government Memorandum of Understanding (G2G-MoU) and smart city awards have brought Dutch and Korean activities in the field of smart city closer together since 2018. Smart cities are an important growth market. Partly for this reason, the Netherlands is very well represented with its own pavilion at the World Smart City Expo 2021 in Seoul.

For whom?

Participation is interesting if your company is active in the field of energy-neutral construction ('zero energy building'), smart mobility ('smart mobility') or urban agriculture ('urban agriculture'). It doesn't matter if you are a start-up, want to seize international opportunities for the first time, or are already active internationally.

Interested?
Please contact Mr Peter Wijlhuizen, Senior Officer for Innovation, Technology and Science

Email: pw@nost-korea.com

* You will be able to see that the deadline to register yourself for this opportunity is over via the RVO link.
However, the deadline has been extended, so please first send your application to the above email address.

#Mobility
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Vacature: PR & Content Officer 

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PR & Content Officer

Afdeling: Communicatieteam
Functie: PR en Content Officer (fulltime, 36-40 uur)
Locatie: Amsterdam
Arbeidsvoorwaarden: €2.920 - €4.012 bpm op basis van een 40-urige werkweek. Daarnaast een 13e maand. De definitieve inschaling is op basis van werkervaring en achtergrond.
Duur: Jaarcontract, verlenging voor onbepaalde tijd mogelijk

We zijn op zoek naar een creatieve en enthousiaste PR & Content Officer om de zichtbaarheid en positionering van ons mooie Amsterdamse instituut verder te ontwikkelen. Vind jij het leuk om de resultaten van onze onderzoeks-, onderwijs- en ondernemerschapsactiviteiten het juiste podium te geven?

Zijn PR, corporate storytelling en content marketing onderwerpen die jou aanspreken? Weet je hoe je wetenschap vertaalt naar boeiende en toegankelijke content? Gaat je hart harder kloppen bij het lezen over onze thema’s en zit je nu al vol creatieve content ideeën? En wil je graag werken in een omgeving waar duurzame innovatie vorm krijgt? Reageer dan nu.

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AMS Institute is in 2014 opgericht door Wageningen University & Research en de TU Delft, samen met het Massachusetts Institute of Technology en is gevestigd in hartje Amsterdam op Marineterrein Amsterdam. Onze missie is het vinden van interdisciplinaire oplossingen voor  grootstedelijke vraagstukken.

Wij geloven dat we door het bij elkaar brengen van verschillende ideeën, talenten en  (kennis)achtergronden, we steden duurzamer, welvarender, veerkrachtiger en rechtvaardiger kunnen maken. Vandaag, en in de toekomst. Wij noemen dit: “Re-inventing cities”. Dit doen we door middel van vier hoofdactiviteiten: onderwijs, onderzoek & innovatie, ondernemerschap en partnerships.

In samenwerking met kennisinstellingen, publieke & private partners en burgers, testen en ontwikkelen we onze oplossingen in de praktijk. We doen dit samen met de gemeente Amsterdam en zo is de stad ons Living Lab.

Functieomschrijving

We zijn momenteel op zoek naar een PR en Content Officer, die succesvol laat zien met welke innovatieve oplossingen we bijdragen aan de stad Amsterdam. Je focus ligt op PR, content en het creëren van een corporate story, met nadruk op stedelijke uitdagingen, innovatie en impact. Daarbij breng je ook de overkoepelende samenwerkingen en de link tussen bedrijfsleven, Amsterdammers, onderwijs & wetenschap in beeld.

Bij een organisatie met 1001 verhalen is er bijna een onuitputtelijke bron van content. Met jouw creativiteit en expertise weet jij proactief de contentagenda te bepalen. Je hebt oog voor de onderwerpen die spelen in de media en de manier waarop deze onderwerpen verbonden kunnen worden aan de stedelijke opgaven van de stad Amsterdam en onze activiteiten op het gebied van onderwijs, onderzoek & innovatie, ondernemerschap partnerships.

Ook weet je de juiste invalshoeken, samenwerkingen en distributiekanalen te vinden om bij te dragen aan het vergroten van de bekendheid en het verder verbeteren van de positionering en reputatie van het instituut.

Het AMS Communicatieteam is een klein, enthousiast en dynamisch team, dat bestaat uit vijf personen: een Communicatie Adviseur, een PR en Content Officer, een Project Communicatie medewerker, een Studentassistent en het Hoofd Communicatie. Je rapporteert aan het Hoofd Communicatie. Hoewel teamleden zich elk op hun eigen verantwoordelijkheden en activiteiten concentreren, zijn de resultaten altijd het resultaat van een gedeelde teaminspanning.

Verantwoordelijkheden

De PR en Content Officer is verantwoordelijk voor:

·       Het aansturen, ontwikkelen en uitvoeren van onze PR-activiteiten en Content Marketing plan in nauwe samenwerking met het Hoofd Communicatie.
·       Het bepalen van de inhoudelijke verhaallijnen voor de urban challenges waar we aan werken – dit in nauwe samenwerking met onze expertteams (Research & Innovation, Education & Data Science Team)
·       Het creëren van aansprekende content voor onze eigen kanalen, zoals onze website en socials (inclusief monitoring & rapportage).
·       Onze reputatie bewaken en kansen signaleren voor proactieve PR en storytelling. Je vindt het leuk om journalisten mee te nemen in wat we doen.
·       Het coördineren van mediaverzoeken en het adviseren en begeleiden van onze experts bij persverzoeken.
·       Het identificeren en onderhouden van relaties met belangrijke media en journalisten, evenals het opbouwen en onderhouden van relaties binnen ons netwerk van zakelijke partners, stakeholders en influencers.

Je profiel

·       Je hebt een relevante academische opleiding, aantoonbare ervaring in PR en hebt passie voor technologie en stedelijke innovatie.
·       Je hebt uitstekende schriftelijke en mondelinge communicatieve vaardigheden in zowel het Nederlands (veel van de interacties zijn met lokale pers), als in het Engels (de voertaal op al onze corporate kanalen).
·       Je hebt een goed begrip van wat nieuwswaardig is en weet de juiste invalshoeken voor diverse doelgroepen.
·       Je duikt graag de organisatie in om content die het verschil maakt te ontwikkelen.
·       Je hebt ervaring met het onderhouden van relaties met externe media en weet perskansen te creëren voor onze experts en activiteiten.
·       Sociale media heeft voor jou geen geheimen. Je weet hoe je social media in kunt zetten als geïntegreerd onderdeel van de mediamix.
·       Je voelt je verbonden met de stedelijke uitdagingen van de stad Amsterdam en woont bij voorkeur in (de buurt van) Amsterdam.
·       Ervaring in illustrator/InDesign of videoproductie, zijn een pluspunt om dat vleugje extra creativiteit toe te voegen waar we altijd naar op zoek zijn.

Wie ben jij?

·       Een enthousiast en positief persoon, een echte aanwinst voor het team
·       Creatief en proactief in het naar voren brengen van ideeën
·       Een zelfstarter met veel energie
·       Resultaatgericht, nauwkeurig en efficiënt

Ons aanbod

·       Je komt te werken in een innovatieve werkomgeving en een enthousiast team van     professionals.
·       Wanneer we (hopelijk snel weer) meer op kantoor werken, dan hebben we een fantastische locatie op het Marineterrein Amsterdam.
·       Je salaris is gebaseerd op de VSNU CAO met een maximum van €4.012 bpm op basis van 40 uur - en een jaarlijkse 13e maand. We bieden je een jaarcontract, met de intentie om en bij goed functioneren te verlengen voor onbepaalde tijd.

Aanvullende informatie

Voor meer informatie over deze vacature kun je contact opnemen met Debby Dröge, Head of Communications, e-mail debby.droge@ams-institute.org. Voor meer informatie over de selectieprocedure kun je contact opnemen met Martijn van Beersum, HR Officer, e-mail: martijn.vanbeersum@ams-institute.org, tel: +31 610598900.

Sollicitatieprocedure

Heb je interesse in deze vacature? Je kunt solliciteren door je motivatiebrief en cv te delen met: martijn.vanbeersum@ams-institute.org.

AMS Institute staat midden in de samenleving en streeft ernaar om de diversiteit van onze samenleving terug te laten komen in haar organisatie.

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Crowd Monitoring Summer Survey (1 min.)

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For those of you who know, Marineterrein Amsterdam has been a test area to explore responsible counting of crowds (big and small) in a living lab environment. Summer temperatures are bringing large numbers people to the Marineterrein to cool off - but earlier this winter / spring, the crowd monitor revealed some fun facts about how people made use the inner-city living lab during the Covid19 lockdown.

This summer we’re collecting feedback from the Marineterrein community and the general public. Have you ever been to the Marineterrein? If so, how do you feel about counting people in public space? In this 1 minute survey we ask 5 simple yes/no questions to help us improve your experience on the smart city campus.

Your help is appreciated!

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Amsterdam doughnut days 28 sept -1-okt

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Amsterdam must and can transit into the doughnut much faster. That is why we organize the Amsterdam Donut Days. Four days full of meetings and workshops to find out together with Kate Raworth how we can create breakthroughs. So mark September 28 to October 1, 2021 in your agenda for the Amsterdam Doughnut Days!

- Donut Design Workshop, WDCD and Tolhuistuin
28 Sept. 09.00 - 13.00
- Workshop Powers to Act, Pakhuis de Zwijger
29 Sept. 09.00 - 18.00
- ADC Community Event, Culture Club
30 Sept. 15.00 - 17.00
- The Big Donut Showcase, Pakhuis de Zwijger
30 Sept. 20.00-22.00
- Center for Economic Transformation, AUAS
1 Oct. 9.30 - 13.00

A week full of donut events at various locations in Amsterdam. Go where the energy is: save the date and keep an eye on our event page for more info.

The Amsterdam Donut Days is an initiative of the Amsterdam Donut Coalition, in collaboration with the Amsterdam University of the Arts (AHK), Culture Club, the Donut Economics Action Lab (DEAL), Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS), Pakhuis de Zwijger, Tolhuistuin , What Design Can Do (WDCD) and YesAndMore.

Note from ASC: Have a question? Let’s hear it in the comments.

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Startups: Between the Curse of Becoming a Taker and the Prospect of Being a Maker

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For centuries, entrepreneurship was linked to art and craft and rewarded by personal fulfilment, satisfied customers, and a good life. The term entrepreneur is still associated with giving direction, shape and content to new activities based on personal motivation and skills and thereby creating socially approved value. A description that applies to the self-employed, business entrepreneurs, franchisees or intrapreneurs and includes both commercial, institutional, and artistic activities.
However, there are two problems. Overcoming them opens the way to become a better business.

The plunder of the earth

Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz has warned that the creative power of entrepreneurship can easily become destructive. A 'maker' becomes a 'taker' once creating value becomes making money in the first place. Indeed, for centuries, companies have robbed resources around the world, destroyed nature, traded millions of slaves and exploited domestic workers, creating the divide between rich and poor countries.
The creative power of entrepreneurship can also be aimed at sustainable prosperity, for their employees, the country, and the world. In that case, the “purpose” of a company precedes the pursuit of profit. Unfortunately, still a minority of all companies are moving in this direction while others pretending.

The decline of engagement and passion within the workforce

There is more. In developed countries, the blatant exploitation of labour has disappeared. Instead, the majority of employment relegates into low strain jobs. Research by Gallup and Deloite has shown over consecutive years that over 64% of all employees worldwide are not engaged or passionate. Find John Hagel explain this in a short video. The reason is clear. 20th century companies have organized their production according to principles of scalable efficiency and have top-down planning and control.  Room for initiative is therefore neither expected nor desired. Moreover, detailed protocols and regulations limit employment for people at a distance from the labour market.
In a rapidly changing world, companies must be adaptive and innovative. They therefore need flexible, interdisciplinary teams with a high degree of self-government and less pay differentials. According to recent research in 17 countries, this type of organizations (8%) outperforms in all respects.

Summarizing, to become a better business requires a double challenge:
·  Replacing the dominance of the pursuit of money with a social and environmental purpose.
·  Mobilizing the entrepreneurial and other capacities of their whole work force by forms of self-organization and shared leadership.

Why focussing on startups?

As only a limited number of companies meet these conditions, employees consider starting their own business. In the US alone, approximately two million workers give up well-paying jobs every year and become self-employed. 127,000 starters were registered in the Netherlands in 2018.  Of them, only a minority will become a startup, which means that they will successfully commercialize a promising technological innovation and grow rapidly on an international level.

Start-ups are potential engines of growth and innovation. In the US, their steady growth is compensating for job losses in the rest of the economy. Dutch startups created 20.000 of jobs in 2018 and 2019. A recent reportoffers excellent documentation of the identity, growth and potential of the 4,311 Dutch startups in 2019, most of which have fewer than 10 employees. 34% of Dutch startups can found in the Amsterdam metropolitan area.

The hope is that start-ups will rise to both challenges by nurturing their social and environmental purpose end fueling the commitment and passion of each employee, and thereby become a better business.

Yet, like any other businesses, startups risk becoming takers rather than makers, trading their social and environmental purpose for the pursuit of money and losing the engagement and passion of their employees. Fortunately, they can prevent this.

Eleven ways to become or stay a better business

1.  Embrace self-organization and shared leadership.
2.  Involve all employees in the continuous strengthening of the social and environmental purpose of the company.
3.  Enable all employees to become shareholders or even better co-owners.
4.  Cherish diversity within the employees.
5. Secure shares in a foundation while enabling shareholders to support the purpose of the company.
6.  Cap the profit to a level that guarantees the continuity of the company.
7.  Ban greed, cancel bonuses, or at most pay a limited and equal allowance to all employees.
8.  Place surplus profits in a foundation that spends money in accordance with the purpose of the company.
9.  Being a fair taxpayer who refrains from tax avoidance practices.
10.Create a supervisory board to monitor the purpose of the company.
11.Focus the founder/director/CEO role on monitoring the purpose of the company and the commitment of all employees and on fueling the discussion on how to deal with changing external conditions.

Rapid societal changes require a reinventing the concept of entrepreneurship. Because of their flexibility and commitment, startups are apt to embrace the dual ambition of pursuing a social and environmental purpose and of mobilizing all employee’s engagement and passion.

My next post will look at how cities can help start-ups to settle, grow and become better businesses. The history of entrepreneurship, its growing distance from ‘makership’ and its possible revival by start-ups is documented in chapter 4 of my e-book Humane cities. Always humane. Smart if helpful. The English version of this book can be downloaded for free below.

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Students for a Circular Economy

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Let's tackle the most urgent challenges, together. On the 12th of August, we will bring together students from over the world from different domains to exchange knowledge, form teams and tackle circular economy challenges. This can be the opportunity for young individuals who want to use their skills for good to connect with leading companies and make a direct impact.

Looking for solutions.
Can you help Unilever create an operational model for the reuse of packaging? Do you have what it takes to help P&G reduce the environmental contribution of local product
customization? Can you help find Intel industrial symbiosis solutions for specific waste streams? These are just three of the 24 challenges that are part of the Circular Innovation Competition that are looking for a solution.

Explore all challenges at: circularsolutions.co.il

The Circular Innovation Competition.
The competition is open to anyone of any nationality above the age of eighteen - scientists, entrepreneurs, students, intrapreneurs, and other people with ideas. In short, we invite all types of innovators to submit a solution to the circularity challenges of the participating companies. Ten finalists will be selected by our jury, amongst them the President of Philips Israel and the Managing Director of Closed Loop Partners together with the challenge providers. Three winners will be declared, who will win up to 2.500 EUR together with the chance to participate in Afeka’s accelerator program for team members of the first two selected members.

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Zéger Nieuweboer, Founder / Teacher at Learning is growing.nl, posted

Green food walking trail in Arnhem

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Green consumers engage green growers in the green food trail around the city of Arnhem, The Netherlands.

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David Bosch, Communication Consultant at Gemeente Amsterdam, posted

Carefree through Amsterdam on a shared bike

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Amsterdam is investing heavily in shared transport. Shared cars, scooters and  bicycles make the city more accessible. That last option is healthy, clean and popular. For those who don’t have a bike, or looking for a second bike, we have a shared bike. The city of Amsterdam will receive 1,400 shared bicycles, including 100 shared electric cargo bikes. Some are allready on the streets; the rest will follow from August 15.

Where can you find shared bikes?
At the Zuidas, along the ‘Westlijn’ of the metro, in Oost and Zuidoost. Electric shared cargo bikes can be found in Oost and Zuid. There is a maximum number of shared bicycles per area. It is a 2 year experiment. Then we'll see if we continue.

• FlickBike: 400 shared bicycles along metro stations on the ‘Westlijn’ (from Henk Sneevlietweg to Isolatorweg) and the bus to Westpoort, from 15 June
• Cargoroo: 100 electric shared cargo bicycles in Oost and Rivierenbuurt (Zuid), from 15 June
• Donkey Republic: 300 shared bicycles in Oost, from 15 August
• Soon to be announced: 400 shared bicycles Zuidoost and 200 shared bicycles Zuidas from 15 August

Where do I park the shared bike?
A shared bicycle is a good means of transport for commuters and visitors. The bicycles are usually located near a public transport junction. They have their own parking spaces and must be returned to 1 of the parking spaces of that provider. Only in those places can you stop the rent. The shared cargo bikes have their own parking space, clearly marked on the ground. You can of course park the bike somewhere else in between, but then you will continue to pay. That way the bikes won't roam, is the idea.

Note from ASC: Have a question? Let’s hear it in the comments!

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Jennifer Drouin, Community Manager at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, posted

Doughnut community event with kate raworth

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Always wanted to meet Kate Raworth in an intimate setting and exchange stories with other donut fans? Looking for inspiration for a new kickstart of the year? Then this is your chance!

On Thursday, September 30, 15.00 - 17.00, the annual Amsterdam Donut Coalition Community Event will take place during the Amsterdam Donut Days at the new Culture Club! We can't wait to determine the new course together with you and join forces to get Amsterdam into the donut.

Sign up
Enough time to network and share stories with a snack and a drink.Sign up via the link below and find more info on our website: https://bit.ly/3ir0kWJThere is only a limited number of places available.

Note from ASC: Have a question? Let’s hear it in the comments.

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Jennifer Drouin, Community Manager at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, posted

Open call powers to act workshop with kate raworth

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We need each other to get into the 'doughnut'. Transforming a city only succeeds if all stakeholders have one goal and work together. So: how do we get to a joint agenda and approach?

On September 29th from 09.00 - 18.00 we are organising a Powers to Act Workshop led by none other than Kate Raworth, the creator of Doughnut Economics.

Looking for 30 participants
We are looking for thirty participants; highly motivated, from all stakeholder groups, doers/thinkers, and diverse in all ways. Are you up for helping the city turn into a doughnut city? Then let us know via the form why we should not miss you!

This event is part of the Amsterdam Doughnut Days 28 september - 1 oktober. More info on https://bit.ly/3eBVAwB

Note from ASC: Have a question? Let’s hear it in the comments.

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