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Robin Neven, Business Intelligence & Analytics Engineer , posted

Revolution instead of Transition: circular festivals

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"Don't I know him from somewhere, didn't I see that name on a festival headline once?" This was the kind of chatter buzzing around the room when Milan Meyberg, former DJ turned Festival Revolutionist, took the stage and did a great showcase on the future of festivals and displayed how his organization, DGTL, is pursuing this future: through becoming fully circular and self sufficient. All in Pakhuis de Zwijger, where, together with Amsterdam Smart City, the event 'Smart Beats' was organized on April 24th.

Of course, there were also other presentations, from overarching approaches of the Gemeente Groningen to pitches of parties all wanting to contribute to making festivals in and around Amsterdam more sustainable. Term of the evening probably was 'hard cups', as apparently this is one of the most impactful components of festivals. Therefore, new constructions are explored by experimenting with a 'lease plan' for hard cups for example. Luckily, nine festival organizations already joined forces in a Green Deal, as many of these plans work only when executed on a large scale.

But what about the smaller events then? For that we had KAREL take the stage. Ok not really, because KAREL is an energy producing electric van that functions as a cultural stage for, well, basically anyone who wants to use it. But Noud Verhave was very well equipped to get the message across. For more information on this, search under projects on

As for DGTL, they are on track to reach there goals of becoming fully circular one year earlier than planned: in 2019 already probably! That's something our national politics can learn from as well, although local politicians who were present won't be the ones stopping them, as they were very willing to help in any possible way.

All in all a very interesting evening sketching a bright green future of festivals!

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Making sure smart cities are beneficial

The role of an independent municipality is crucial here. What other 'smart city rules' can you think of?

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The Future of Amsterdam Mobility

I love it how the future of mobility in Amsterdam, and quite frankly perhaps for the whole world, is being envisioned here!

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Amsterdam neighbourhood and the City join forces for 'sociocracy'

De Weteringbuurt in Amsterdam Centrum en het bijbehorende stadsdeel van de Gemeente Amsterdam gaan samen voor een onderling betere balans in lokale besluitvorming. Zie hier het artikel in Parool. Enjoy!

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Not for profit.

1. Gebiedonline offers an extensive range of functionalities for both small
networks who are just starting, and larger, more mature networks.
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functionality and visual design.
3. Gebiedonline co-op members are permanently learning from (each others)
practice. The development agenda is managed by consent.
4. Gebiedonline beliefs in circular economy. Value created by the online
platform flows back to the local community.
5. Gebiedonline acts as trans local network. Its members increasingly give
voice to the Dutch urban bottom-up movement.

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