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Ioana Biris, co owner at Nature Desks, posted

Creating a greener Amsterdam, and what we can learn from London.

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Nature Desks X Midwest Amsterdam presents:
Creating a greener Amsterdam, and what we can learn from London.

The importance of natural elements in our every daily life, living and working in growing cities, is by now obvious. How can we create a greener Amsterdam? We believe the answer lies in our hands. There are already many initiatives which help create greener cities. And we need more of those. We invite you to learn from the experts and join the dialogue.

On Wednesday 16th of May when we host an evening with inspiring stories about London National City Park, Gewildgroei and Midwest. We also kick-off a special campaign made by Nature Desks to map all the green places and spaces in the city.

- key note speaker: Guerrilla Photographer and NatGeo Explorer and campaigner Daniel Raven - Ellison tells the great story of a bold campaign: London becoming the first National Park City in the world.
- co-owner of Gewildgroei Bennie Meek will share the story of the Living Pavements, and will convey their view on the role of spontaneous vegetation in public spaces.
- artist and city ecologist Theun Karelse tells the story of unique public garden - proefstation Midwest - he and a team of specialists have created, where people can meet, relax, work and learn.

Join us, share your ideas, be inspired and ask your questions.
Dare to think differently.
#greenmapofAmsterdam

Date: Wednesday 16 May 2018
Location: Midwest, Cabralstraat 1 Amsterdam
Time: 18:30 - 21:00
Your host: city expert Rupert Parker Brady

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Uitnodiging event Nature Desks X Midwest Amsterdam
Amsterdam moet groener worden, en wat we van Londen kunnen leren

Het belang van natuurlijke elementen in ons dagelijks leven in groeiende steden, is inmiddels duidelijk. Hoe kunnen we een groener Amsterdam creëren? We geloven dat het antwoord in onze handen ligt. Er zijn al vele initiatieven die de steden groener maken, maar we hebben er meer van dit soort initiatieven nodig. Daarom nodigen wij u uit om van de experts te leren en aan de dialoog over een groener Amsterdam mee te doen.

Op woensdag 16 mei organiseren we een avond met inspirerende verhalen over Londen National City Park, Gewildgroei en Midwest. We starten ook een speciale campagne van Nature Desks om alle groene plekken en ruimtes in de stad in kaart te brengen.

- key note speaker: Guerrilla Photographer en NatGeo Explorer en campaigner Daniel Raven - Ellison vertelt het geweldige verhaal van een gedurfde campagne: Londen wordt de eerste National Park City ter wereld.
- mede-eigenaar van Gewildgroei Bennie Meek zal het verhaal van de Living Pavements delen en hun mening geven over de rol van spontane vegetatie in openbare ruimtes.
- kunstenaar en stadsecoloog Theun Karelse vertelt het verhaal van de unieke openbare tuin - proefstation Midwest – dat hij en een team van specialisten hebben gecreëerd, waar mensen elkaar kunnen ontmoeten, ontspannen, werken en leren.

Doe met ons mee, deel uw ideeën, laat u inspireren en stel uw vragen.
Durf anders te denken. #greenmapofAmsterdam

Datum: woensdag 16 mei 2018
Locatie: Midwest, Cabralstraat 1 Amsterdam
Tijd: 18:30 - 21:00 uur
Uw gastheer: stadsdeskundige Rupert Parker Brady

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Ioana Biris, co owner at Nature Desks, posted

Save the date: 16.05 / Amsterdam event

Green cities, urban green, wild cities. More and more hashtags underpin the urgency of the importance of creating green environments in cities. The popularity is growing of edible gardens, green rooftops, office meetings outside in green surroundings, and flex workers who choose to work in parks. European capitals embrace this movement. In the UK a group has successfully campaigned to make London ‘the world’s first National Park City’. The movement, based around famous guerilla geographer and creative explorer Daniel Raven-Ellison, has managed to make London a “city where people and nature are better connected. A city that is rich with wildlife and every child benefits from exploring, playing and learning outdoors”.

Londoners who sympathize with the #NationalParkCity idea, were asked to write to their local councillors to declare that their ward should support this initiative. A majority of London's council wards have backed the idea. London mayor Sadiq Khan and the London Assembly also vowed their support. In February 2018 the nomination was officially claimed: in the near future London will become the world’s first National Park City.

In Amsterdam, on the other side of the English Channel, we followed enthusiastically this immense effort. It inspired Nature Desks to start to visualise the green parts of the Dutch capital. And to make other plans.

Please save the date: Wednesday 16.05.2018. Daniel Raven-Ellison will come to Amsterdam to share his passion for the #urbangreen and to tell the inspiring story of London becoming the world's first National Park City.

More information about the complete programme and other speakers will be announced soon.

https://www.naturedesks.com/news-notes/2018/4/3/save-the-date-16052018

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Ioana Biris, co owner at Nature Desks, posted

#WalkAroundAmsterdam Urban green - the urgency factor

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How much urban green can you find in the 10 most populated cities of the Netherlands? Esri Nederland, specialist in maps technology, has created a StoryMap in which the green areas are made visible. Top of the list is the southern city of Breda (61% ‘green'), followed by Almere and Tilburg (54% ‘green’). The numbers 8, 9 and 10 are The Hague (31%), Amsterdam (29%) and Rotterdam (with only 19%).

Cities are growing in numbers of residents, so let's start to make them greener. Last year in the UK a movement was founded that actively campaigns to make London ‘the world’s first National Park City’. The metropole should become a “city where people and nature are better connected. A city that is rich with wildlife and every child benefits from exploring, playing and learning outdoors”. The movement consists of crowdfunders, an advisory board, friends and other supporters. The way in which this Greater London National Park City initiative is rounding up the support of the Londoners is very inspiring. Citizens who sympathize with the #NationalParkCity idea, are asked to write to their local councillors to declare that their ward should support this initiative. The London mayor Mr. Sadiq Khan and the London Assembly have promised their backing. Already 239 wards (London has in total 654 wards within 32 boroughs) have declared their support. The charity is a success since it touches people's hearts and minds.
In order to visualise the urban green and to inspire more Londoners to give their support, Dr. Daniel Raven-Ellison, a famous guerrilla geographer & creative explorer, embarked upon a 500km walk across all 32 boroughs and the city of London. Het started his walk (a giant spiral around the city) on June the 23rd June; next week in on Wednesday, the 26th of July, his journey will come to an end. You can follow him on the website of the charity and the social media (#bigwalkaroundLondon). We are certainlly doing it.

We think it is a wonderful idea if other cities also start their own movement. Let be Amsterdam the first one to also become a National Park City. Thursday 20 July 2017 we are organising a simultaneous walk. Daniel Raven-Ellison in London & Nature Desks in Amsterdam. We call this experiment #WalkAroundAmsterdam. It’s a start in order to realize other green plans. Join us online or live.

More info:
https://www.facebook.com/NatureDesks/
https://www.naturedesks.com/news-notes/2018/1/28/urban-green-the-urgency-factor

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Ioana Biris, co owner at Nature Desks, posted

Nature Desks/ on the Open Mic stage of the Disruptive Innovation Festival

Dear relation, colleague or friend,
We would like to ask you whether you are interested in the future of work. Do you believe that our needs regarding work environments are changing? Does the combination work and urban green sound appealing to you?
We are proud to invite you to join us during a live online event of Nature Desks. We will be active on the Open Mic stage of the Disruptive Innovation Festival on 14 November 2016. This international event focuses this year on the theme #futureofwork.

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