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Bruce Katz: The New Localism

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WeMakeThe.City 2019 #1
Bruce Katz: The New Localism
Visiting urbanist Bruce Katz on the power of cities in the age of populism.

According to urban experts Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak, power is moving from the national to the local, and from the public to networks of public, private and civic actors. In doing so, 'power now belongs to the problem solvers’, and real change takes place in the communities where most people live and work: cities. In their new book, 'The New Localism', Katz and Nowak describe how these urban players address our most serious social, economic, and environmental challenges - thereby complementing existing top-down systems in times of national dysfunction and growing populism. What other solutions to global challenges can urban communities tackle in the future? And what can the city of Amsterdam learn from these international examples of urban problem solving?

With amongst others
- Bruce Katz, co-founder (with Jeremy Nowak) of New Localism Advisors
- Ger Baron, Chief Technology Officer of the City of Amsterdam
- Maurice Crul, Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the Erasmus University Rotterdam

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Amsterdam Innovation Tour (self-guided via app)

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The app is designed to help international delegates and local city users experience some of Amsterdam’s innovative approaches and solutions for smart and sustainable urban development.

During the 2018 We Make The City innovation festival, Amsterdam Smart City and the City of Amsterdam released an app-based, self-guided innovation tour which is now available via the Apple Store and Google Play.

The app is designed to help international delegates and local city users independently experience some of Amsterdam’s innovative approaches and solutions for smart and sustainable urban development.

There are two routes to choose from, both starting from Central Station.

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The first route “Culture of Innovation” takes users on a two-kilometer walk along Oosterdokseiland development to Marineterrein, the former navy base that is being converted to innovation district. The second route, “Transformational innovations” leads users through Amsterdam North to De Ceuvel living lab and finishes at NDSM-wharf.

App download: Apple Store and Google Play

Information: mail to innovationtour@amsterdamsmartcity.com

Smart Stories

Check out the article about the Innovation Tour featured in our online magazine 'Smart Stories':

Looking for another tour?

We offer six main types of programs depending on the interests and needs of your organization.

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Do-It-Yourself @ Sensemakers Labs

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Every first Wednesday of the month we have a non-organized meetup were OBA sponsors us with their location. During this evening you can start learning to work with Arduino, Microbit or work on a prototype to 3Dprint etc.

It is all about DIY, but you can also collaborate on mutual projects or find people to join your own projects! Currently we are working on e.g. (improving) a plant monitoring system for irrigation & the monitoring of water quality (http://waterbuoy.sensemakers.info/).

We start at 18:00 and end the evening around 21:00. There are 3Dprinters, lasercutters, tools and enough outlets available! So bring in your stuff and lets get going!

There is a restaurant on the 7th floor, but please note that food & drinks are not allowed in the makerspace.

If you want to sponsor us hardware, software and/or (cloud)services, please contact Ted or Manon.

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Empowering citizens: social learning through prototyping with open data

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There is a clear gap between the opportunities offered by the availability of open data and the citizens’ capability to use such data in the context of their daily lives. In the recently completed Open4Citizens (O4C) project we have developed a new approach for empowering citizens to use open data as a means for initiating and performing bottom-up initiatives in the city. In this process, we have leveraged the principles of social science and the values of the maker culture.

Our research performed in five large European cities over the course of two years has led to development of a framework for 'citizen hackathons', and initiation of the European Network of Open Data Labs.

In the talk I will use this work to elaborate on the intertwined processes of social learning, community formation and prototyping of new products and services using open data, and the opportunities of involving citizens as 'smart agents' of transition towards smart cities.

Speaker
dr. Tomasz Jaskiewicz, assistant professor, Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft.

Credits
The presented work has been funded through Horizon2020 Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation (CAPS) programme. For more information on project and partners see http://open4citizens.eu, and stay tuned to https://noodl.eu for more upcoming information on the European Network of Open Data Labs.

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A hundred newsletters later... 💯

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Most community members on this platform find their way via the Weekly Update which we send out every week. This week the 100th edition will be out, what a number! This means 100 weeks of great content, active community and you who read, comment and share the writings of smart city topics.

Did you know ...

Did you know...

1. That the first newsletter was in August 2016?

Once a week for two years makes 100 weekly updates! The weekly update started together with the formation of the online smart city community. The Amsterdam Smart City program has been running since 2009, but we are an open collective, so with this community everybody can join! We now have over 5000 people connected to our network.

2. Our first newsletter was sent to 384 people?

The first newsletter was called "the latest news" and was sent to 384 people. Now the updates are sent to 4233 people all over the world!

3. The best read articles are about open data and startups

There is high interest in articles about the open use of data by governments, such as the open data portal of Amsterdam at data.amsterdam.nl. Also startups are a hot topic, and the startup ecosystem in Amsterdam is something to keep an eye on! Of course the job openings are clicked a lot too! Did you know we are currently looking for an intern?

4. That you can be in the newsletter too?

Everything you read in the newsletter comes straight from the platform! So you can upload your update, request, eventor project, and get a chance to be featured in next week's Weekly Update! We don't receive advertising money or let something else influence our editor's pick.

You can find our Weekly Update archive here: https://us14.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=a88e1cb79a0eb3c0b0dc7ff5a&id=91cba1912c

And tomorrow number 100 in your mailbox!

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Visiting the smart city

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Last week we went on a smart city tour with our partners to see some projects together. It was part of a tour that many international delegations do when they visit Amsterdam. The afternoon was so inspiring and fun we wanted to share it with you too!

– article in Dutch, more information about tours can be found here: www.amsterdamsmartcity.com/visit

De harde wind neemt ons mee naar de NDSM werf in Amsterdam Noord. Ooit de kern van economische groei uit de scheepsbouw, later door verplaatsing van deze bouwactiviteit stond het gebied voor verlies van duizenden banen en groot verval. Door creatief om te gaan met kansen is dit gebied een ware broedplaats geworden waar vele bezoekers op af komen.

Robotic 3D print technology

We zijn op bezoek bij MX3D. Een plek waar innovatie van software en 3D-print robots tot een unieke brug hebben geleid. De brug is van roestvrijstaal en zal in het centrum van Amsterdam worden geplaatst. Er wordt ons uitgelegd dat het nog wel een hele dure brug is, maar wel een derde minder materiaal nodig heeft. “Hoe belangrijker hergebruik van materialen wordt, hoe belangrijker dit soort processen worden.”

Cornelia Dinca organiseert de tours voor Amsterdam Smart City en is ook vandaag onze host. Ze legt uit hoe veel er in Amsterdam gebeurt, ook van onderop door de bewoners. Maar het is niet allemaal even goed bekend. Daarom is zij haar bedrijfje Sustainable Amsterdam begonnen. Daarmee organiseert ze bezoeken aan al deze initiatieven om ze met elkaar en de buitenwereld te verbinden. En nog altijd komt ze nieuwe ontwikkelingen tegen in de stad.

Living lab approach

De tweede stop van de tour die Cornelia ons geeft is de Ceuvel. Het terrein van De Ceuvel was door de scheepsbouw zo vervuild dat er niet op gebouwd mocht worden. Daarom heeft de gemeente om een innovatief idee gevraagd, en wie het weet mag het zeggen! Degene met een goed plan, waarbij de buurt sociaal en fysiek wordt hersteld, mocht voor 10 jaar het gebied gebruiken. Afgedankte woonboten zijn hergebruikt als kantoorruimtes, het café genereert inkomsten en sociale cohesie, en planten zuiveren de grond. Waternet maakte voor Metabolic, het brein achter de circulaire voorzieningen, een bijzondere uitzondering om niet aan het riool aangesloten te zijn maar zelf door middel van planten waterzuivering toe te passen.

Nieuwe stroming in circulaire economie

Het idee is om deze living lab (proeftuin) te gebruiken als plek om te leren, en succesvolle oplossingen vervolgens op grotere schaal toe te passen. Dit gebeurt bijvoorbeeld in de wijk Buiksloterham waar men zelfbouw kan toepassen en daar ook flexibeler met wetgeving om kan gaan om zo tot duurzame zelfvoorzienende oplossingen te komen. Ook komt er een woonbotencomplex Schoonschip waarbij de principes van de Ceuvel ook op woningen worden toegepast, in plaats van te beperken tot kantoor en recreatieruimtes.

Opvallend is dat een nieuwe stroming van aanpak binnen circulaire economie is aangebroken, met Amsterdam als koploper; het meetbaar maken van materiaalstromen. Niet alleen hergebruiken en kleinschalige projecten volstaan. Men begint er steeds meer van overtuigd te raken dat de circulaire economie grootschalig en meetbaar moet zijn. Dit biedt ook meer economische kansen binnen het circulaire denken en grotere impact.

In slechts twee uur tijd heeft Cornelia ons veel verteld over de ontwikkelingen die zo dichtbij spelen, en hoe partijen lokaal en internationaal daar grote interesse in hebben. Wij hebben boven alles een enorm inspirerende en gezellige middag gehad!

Dank gaat uit naar Cornelia, MX3D, Metabolic en onze partners voor deze mooie middag! Wil je ook op stap in de slimme stad? Kijk op www.amsterdamsmartcity.com/visit of mail naar <a>cornelia@amsterdamsmartcity.com</a>

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