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Herman van den Bosch, professor in management development , posted

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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Herman van den Bosch, professor in management development , posted

Tools for circular construction

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The impact of circular principles on the construction sector will be large and beneficial because buildings are responsible for more than 50% of the total use of materials on earth, including valuable specimen such as steel, copper, aluminium and zinc.

The picture above – the interior of the Circle pavilion of the ABN-AMRO bank in Amsterdam is an example of a new building that uses as many existing components as possible and new components of the building are designed to be reused. Think of:

• 1200 m2 of wooden floors
• Partition walls of a demolished building
• 16.000 garments of employees for isolation purposes

By circular construction we mean designing, building and demolishing a building in such a way that, in addition to the high-quality reuse of materials, justice is done to sustainability ambitions in the field of energy, water, and biodiversity and ecosystems.

New materials are often more expensive than new ones
In case of demolishment, nowadays many components are already reused, but at a very low level, for instance concrete and stones as the foundation of new roads. Apart from the limited necessity to construct many new roads, this type of recycling destroys the intrinsic quality of materials and does not diminish the use of new materials. The biggest problem is that recycled materials are often more expensive than new ones.

Evidently, progress can be made by planning, designing, developing, and building circular buildings. A number of options are mentioned below.

Dedicated urban planning
Challenges for planning are the use of inner-city vacant land and issuing mandatory requirements regarding the construction of new buildings, for instance the use of less cement, glass and steel, the mandatory application of a certain percentage of reused materials, and becoming energy positive or at least energy-neutral. Switching to sustainable timber is an option for 90% of homes and 70% of offices being built.

Mandatory reuse of existing components
Reuse of existing materials means that glass is reused as glass and concrete pillars as pillars. The same applies to doors, frames, carpets, wall-cladding materials and so on. To start with, after demolishment all materials must be selected, cleaned, registered, and stored in new-to-develop warehouses. A materials passport, which contains an overview of all materials and components that are used to construct of a house or building, is a useful tool as well. The obligation to reuse a large percentage of existing components has far-reaching consequences for the design and construction of new houses.

Industrial production and 3D printing
Construction of components in factories, deploying industrial processes, will reduce costs by 30 percent and the delivery time by at least 50 percent. In 2014, the Chinese company WinSun printed and assembled ten houses, each 195 square meters, in 24 hours, for an amount of €5,000 per house[1]. The company used 30 - 60 percent less material than in traditional construction. The “ink” for their 3D printers is a mixture of dry cement and construction waste. WinSun plans to open 100 recycling plants in China to convert waste into cost-efficient ink. This video below demonstrates the printing activities of WinSun

Sharing space
The size of apartments will decrease, partly due to costs, but also because of the presence of shared guest rooms, lounge areas and terraces for working and socializing, spaces for washing and drying laundry. The need for office space will decrease rapidly due to sharing space and working home. Already now, IBM has only one desk available for 12 employees. Given the presence of 300,000 employees, this has led worldwide to savings on real estate of around € 1 billion in the past 10 years.

Modularity and durability
A key barrier for better use of floor space is the lack of flexibility in the design of buildings and room configurations. A modular design, which provides for easy replacement of partitions and placement of complete pre-fab units (kitchens and bathrooms, walls, and roofs as well) facilitates adjustments in case of new construction or as the use of a building changes. DIRTT builds interior components that are modular and standardized and offer maximum interchangeability in both existing and new buildings[2]. This video gives an impression of the production and application of these flexible and inexpensive solutions.

Forget new construction at all
Anyway, a first step is more efficient use of existing buildings and houses.
As families become smaller and offices need less space, existing space becomes underused. Many thousands of one family houses can be transformed in apartments. Well-thought adjustments to the lay-out of existing houses and buildings can improve their efficiency without reducing their functionality and amenity. Look here for inspiring examples.

I will regularly share with you ‘snapshots’ of the challenge to bring social and ecological sustainable cities closer using technology if helpful. These posts represent findings, updates, and supplements of my e-book Humane cities. Always humane. Smart if helpful. The English version of this book can be downloaded for free below.

Note from ASC: What are your thoughts on this? Let Herman know bellow.

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Menno Rubbens, Director , posted

The building for the Temporary Courthouse in Amsterdam will be relocated to Enschede!

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Over the coming months, the building of the Temporary Courthouse Amsterdam will be dismantled and completely reassembled on 'Kennispark Twente' (the area of Business & Science Park/Campus UT) in Enschede. There, it will have a new function as an office and research facility.

The temporary accommodation provided the Amsterdam judiciary continuity during the construction of the new permanent court. Now that this new home has been completed, the building will move as planned. At the time, the Central Government Real Estate Agency (RVB) tendered the assignment as a Design, Build, Maintain & Remove contract, which was realized by dpcp, a cooperation between cepezedprojects and Du Prie Bouw & Ontwikkeling. cepezed and cepezedinterior designed the building and Du Prie took care of the execution.

National Sustainability Award Steel after completion
Importantly because of its high degree of circularity, it won both the Amsterdam Architecture Prize (Golden AAP) and the National Sustainability Award Steel after completion. Also, in the report 'Circular Buildings – a measurement method for detachability' it scores the highest of all tested projects. The demountable construction and floors, which cepezed designed in close collaboration with IMd Consulting Engineers, play an important role in this.

Dismantling and reassembly with a 3D model
Yesterday saw the handover of the key from the RVB to dpcp, which heralds the new phase of the building. For the relocation, dpcp called in the expertise and experience of Lagemaat from Heerde, a company with a solid background in the dismantling and reassembly of buildings. Through a unique coding based on the 3D model and a 3D scan, the precise position of each part is known. Smaller elements are transported in containers and larger ones, such as the walkway, are loaded directly onto trucks. Lagemaat processes materials that are not reused in other projects. A minimal amount will be recycled in a high-quality manner. The dismantling period starts today already. The building is expected to be taken into use by the Overijssel Restructuring Company in early 2022.

Note from ASC: Would you like to know more? Let Menno know in the comments.

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Marije Wassenaar, Program Manager New Business Innovations at AMS Institute, posted

AMS Startup Booster '21- Open for applications

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The AMS Startup Βooster is an idea validation program focusing on the creation of startups that want to make an impact on city life and solve metropolitan challenges.

Do you have, or know someone who has, a great idea on urban challenges and want(s) to fast-track it to the next level? Then join our team of sustainability experts and business enthusiasts and we will help you boost your idea into a business.

Open for applications until August 29
The application form will remain open until August 29. The first week of September, we will select our top teams to join our program and coaching sessions.

September 2021 – December 2021
The program consists of six sessions, accompanied by peer-to-peer discussions and coaching sessions. All sessions will take place on Monday afternoons. We aim to bring the start-ups to the level where they have eliminated uncertainties, done a thorough customer discovery, formed a strong team and can venture out with a solid pitch and a minimum viable product. The sessions will be primarily online due to the uncertainty of COVID19, but when possible we will also have some live sessions at our institute in Amsterdam.

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

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Pamela Fuhrmann, Pamela works with leaders to create greater awareness of what is possible and to translate that awareness into inspired action. at Anima Mundi Project, posted

Build you Leadership Effectiveness with a Leadership Coach

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As a member of the Amsterdam Smart City community, I invite you to apply to the pilot offering of ‘Coaching for the Greater Good’. We are a group of colleagues who work with global companies to develop executives and high potential leaders. We are committed to bringing quality leadership coaching to individuals and teams in organisations such as charities, municipalities, and small businesses that provide socially or ecologically beneficial products or services. We aim to support leaders, who recognize the inherent interdependency of individuals, communities, and the environment, to strengthen their organization’s capacity for generating inclusive wellbeing. We will never let financial constraints get in the way of providing our services to those leaders who have a vision for making a difference in the world. We offer our services at significantly reduced rates as a gesture of our commitment to support work that will make a difference in the world. This offering begins with a simple application process that ensures that we have values alignment. A maximum of 10 applications will be accepted for the pilot offering, with full initiative (more coaches and coaching opportunities) launching 1 October. Application deadline 12 July. Visit our website to learn more and contact pam.fuhrmann@gmail.com to receive an application.

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Anonymous posted

Webinar: COP26 - Race to Zero

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Climate change affects us all. As individuals and businesses, we have a key role to play. Therefore, ahead of the U.K. hosting the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow this November, the British Embassy in the Hague are inviting Dutch businesses to a webinar focused on why sustainability matters and what we can do to make a difference.

When: Tuesday June 29th
What time: 10:30 - 12:00 CEST

This online event will:

  • Explain the importance of the upcoming summit and its critical role in delivering climate ambitions
  • Outline the role businesses can play by signing up to the ‘Race to Zero’
  • Hear from leading Dutch businesses about their sustainability journey to date and why they joined the Race to Zero 
  • Detail how the British government is looking to support business make the transition
Online event on Jun 29th
Herman van den Bosch, professor in management development , posted

How plastics became a perfect example of the take-make-waste economy

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Every year, more than 300 million tons of plastic are produced worldwide, half of which are for single use. Only 10% of all plastics are made from recycled material. Their production contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and plastic waste threats our health.

It could have been otherwise, and it still can as plastics are versatile materials which can be valuable parts of a circular economy.

Unilever leads the way in integrating plastics in a circular economy. Better late than never. The company currently produces 700,000 tons of plastic packaging and it intends reducing this massive quantity by a not-very impressive 100,000 tons in 2025. Moreover, the company wants that all its plastic packaging becomes recyclable, compostable of reusable, and that at least 25% recycled plastic is used in the production of new plastic.

Easier said than done

Recycling is easier said than done. Preventing plastics from entering nature requires a labor-intensive and costly system for collecting and separating waste and technology for high-quality recycling of the collected plastic waste. New machines limit this unattractive work thanks to artificial intelligence. They are able to separate 20 different types of plastics. But consumers must be willing to collect used plastics first.

One of the biggest hurdles in recycling plastics is its pollution, for instance because of added dyes. The Dutch company Ioniqa (now part of Unilever) can chemically reduce PET waste to virgin PET. Large plastic users like Coca-Cola intent to co-operate with Ioniqa. This video shows how chemical recycling works.

Reusable high-quality products

If plastic had been designed for a circular economy from the start, the emphasis would undoubtedly have been on reusable high-quality products, in combination with substantial deposits. Together with Coca-Cola, Proctor & Gamble, Nestlé, Unilever has joined Loop, a platform that develops refillable packaging. Supermarkets that deliver products at home can easily include them in their range. This video shows how the system works.

The ultimate solution

What about using sustainable raw materials like biomass? Unfortunately, biomass from reliable sources is becoming increasingly scarce. Moreover, most bio-based plastics are not biodegradable. If they end up in litter, the effects are as harmful as those of other plastics. Some types of biobased plastics are compostable and might be thrown in the green waste. However, expecting consumers to be able to discern which are and which are not is too much to ask.

Biologically degradable plastics are the ultimate solution. These are biobased materials, which are safely broken down in nature in short time. PHA for example. Unfortunately, years of research have not yet resulted in any viable application.

Ban some types of plastic

A recently opened pilot factory in Almere that cycles plastic waste that otherwise would be burned is a promising step. However, the collection of plastic waste is still inadequate, and a large proportion ends up in nature as visual litter and returns to our food chain as toxic plastic soup. This applies in particular to plastic bags, cups, trays for snacks and soft drinks bottles without a deposit. A ban seems to be the only way-out awaiting a solid system of reuse based on substantial deposits and an advanced system of waste collection and separation and subsequent high-level reuse.

I will regularly share with you ‘snapshots’ of the challenges of us, earthlings, to bring social and ecological cities closer using technology if helpful. These posts represent findings, updates, and supplements 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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Kerstin Gerlagh, General Manager , posted

Webinar: The Swedish Chamber of Commerce on Venture Capital

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Making the right investments and introducing the right technology is of the essence for any companies trying to stay innovative. With the ever-increasing ways of investing in technology and innovations, there is a larger need for companies to strategize their use of capital. How can this be done to boost growth and competitiveness?

When: Tuesday, June 8th
What time: 10.00 - 11.30

A new report by Danske Bank shows that venture funds are considerably more impact-focused in the Nordics than in other regions. Simultaneously, in an article by Bloomberg is to read that Stockholm has bred more tech unicorns per capita than any other region in the world outside Silicon Valley. What’s the secret?

In this webinar we bring together experts and stakeholders to explore the dynamic evolvements in Venture Capital, Technology and the various ways companies can become investment ready or boost their innovation through tech investments. An important aspect for discussion purposes is to boost equality in VC and the diversity of funding by achieving better access to Venture Capital for female founders.

Online event from Jun 8th to Jun 6th
Eva Koops, posted

De Innovatiecampus: Businessmodellen voor kennisinstellingen

Campussen worden steeds groter, bekender en belangrijker. Het professionaliseren van de campus wordt steeds relevanter om niet alleen als kennisinstelling te worden gezien waar onderwijs wordt gegeven, maar als plek waar onderwijs, onderzoek en innovatie samenkomt. Er wordt waarde gecreëerd in economische, sociale, culturele of andere contexten. Van bedrijfsmodelinnovatie naar campusmodelinnovatie, maar welke facetten zijn hiervoor nodig?

Op 2 juni 8:30 uur willen we een eerste bijeenkomst organiseren omtrent het professionaliseren van het campusecosysteem: hoe bouw je samen aan één merk voor je campusecosysteem, hoe creëer je samen waarde en zorg je voor de juiste positionering? Oftewel, hoe genereert het campus ecosysteem een toegevoegde waarde voor de campus als geheel (onderwijs, onderzoek, bewoners, bedrijven)

Vragen die we tijdens deze interactieve sessie willen behandelen:

  • Manier van denken van businessmodel op de campus
  • Hoe benader je een campus als concept, als eigen entiteit, als bedrijf. Hoe zet je het in de markt?
  • Hoe ziet de eigendomsstructuur eruit van de campus?
  • Hoe vertaal je dit naar waarde? Welke businessmodellen zijn er voor het campusmodel?

Wat gaan we doen?
Tijdens deze huiskamersessie worden er twee inspiratiepresentaties gegeven door praktijkvoorbeelden, hoe bestaande campussen dit aanvliegen. Na deze presentaties start het interactieve gedeelte, hier zullen we het met elkaar hebben over hoe je een businessmodel kan toepassen op je eigen campus.
De sessie bevat drie onderdelen:

  • Introductie huiskamersessie De Innovatiecampus: Businessmodellen voor campussen
  • Inspiratiepresentatie: Maurice Olivers Brightlands
  • Inspiratiepresentatie: TBA 
  • Interactieve brainstormsessie over de positionering en waarde creatie van de campus. TBA

Interesse? Meld je aan via deze link  of neem contact op met hello@campus.amsterdam.

Online event on Jun 2nd
Manuela Krull-Mancinelli, Digital Transformation & Innovation Manager , posted

Innovation Hub Almere is officially open

On April 15th the first onsite Innovation Hub was opened in Almere, part of Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.
As a partner of the hub, you will have the right ecosystem and business opportunities.
As a participant of the hub, you can rent seats in the hub, starting with 1 day a week.
Contact Manuela Krull-Mancinelli if you want to know more!
For the press release, see this link: Innovation Hub Almere

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Henrike Slob, Marketing Communications Lead at Impact Hub Amsterdam, posted

Circulair ondernemen in Noord-Holland

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Provincie Noord-Holland en Impact Hub Amsterdam werken samen om het circulaire ecosysteem van de provincie te versterken. Vanaf 29 april 2021 tot 3 feb 2022 organiseren we maandelijkse expertsessies, netwerkevenementen en masterclasses om je op weg te helpen met circulariteit. Het programma bestaat uit 11 gratis evenementen, waaronder 6 opeenvolgende masterclasses.

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Anonymous posted

Thesis Project - Interviewees

Dear Amsterdam Smart City Community,

I am addressing you all with a bit of a broad request, in the hopes of finding the right participants semi-organically. I am currently in the last months of my Master's in Global Business & Sustainability at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) and with that comes a very important thesis project.

For my thesis project, I decided to perform a case study on the Bajeskwartier Amsterdam and investigate Amsterdam's smart city approach, the influence this has had on Circular Economy Business Models, Refurbishment Business Models, etc.

For my investigation, I would like to interview participants that have particular knowledge on the aforementioned, or know of others who could possibly help me enrich my data and findings!

Thank you in advance!

For more details do not hesitate to reach out to me via LinkedIn or under this message!

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bj%C3%B6rn-merckx-965b76129/

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Sam De Guchteneire, sustainability consultant at Gemeente Haarlem, posted

International Hackathon: Develop creative, innovative solutions for lower incomes in the energy transition

Are you a student with an interest in climate, technical and social innovations? Do you want to contribute to sustainable and affordable energy generation? Would you like to develop new concepts, products or services? Take part in the international hackathon Empower on Saturday 1 May! The hackathon offers a unique opportunity to collaborate with different students, experts and professionals. Your idea can have an impact on the social energy transition in Europe. You have a chance to win a sustainable grand prize!

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

Gezocht: (junior) Communicatie- en Programmamedewerker

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Wil jij je inzetten voor betere straten, buurten en steden? Ben jij thuis in de wereld van communicatie, social media en community management? En heb je affiniteit met stedelijke innovatie?

Kom dan het Amsterdam Smart City team versterken! Voor ons kernteam (bestaande uit 6 mensen) zijn wij op zoek naar een:

(junior) Communicatie- en programmamedewerker

Amsterdam Smart City is een onafhankelijk innovatieplatform dat innovatieve bedrijven, kennisinstellingen, overheden en proactieve bewoners samenbrengt en vorm geeft aan de stad van de toekomst.

Wij zijn ervan overtuigd dat de veranderingen die nodig zijn voor de vooruitgang van de stad en regio alleen gerealiseerd kunnen worden door samen te werken. Al onze activiteiten zijn daarom gericht op het faciliteren van ontmoeting, interactie en samenwerking, zodat partijen samen tastbare, duurzame innovaties tot stand kunnen brengen. Amsterdam Smart City richt zich met name op deze vier thema’s: mobiliteit, de digitale stad, energie en circulaire economie. Met het Amsterdam Smart City team zorgen we voor verbinding.

Wat ga je doen?
Je voert de communicatie- en communitystrategie actief uit door het maken van content, het schrijven van nieuwsbrieven, beheren van onze social media kanalen en het organiseren van events. Je bent veel in contact met de partners en andere organisaties binnen het netwerk van ASC.

Daarnaast werk je met onze partners aan het aanjagen van innovaties binnen het transitiepad Mobiliteit & Logistiek en legt verbindingen met de community. Ook breid je het netwerk uit met relevante organisaties en innovatieve projecten. De communicatie- en programmamedewerker werkt nauw samen met het gehele smart city team en legt verantwoording af aan de communicatiemanager. Daarnaast heb je een aantal programma ondersteunende taken.

Taken
• Je beheert onze social media kanalen, geeft inzage in de statistieken en onderneemt actie op basis van de data.
• Je onderhoudt het dagelijks contact met de leden van onze community op www.amsterdamsmartcity.com
• Je verzamelt, schrijft, redigeert en publiceert content voor de community en andere stakeholders.
• Je organiseert en draagt bij aan evenementen voor partners en ons bredere netwerk in de regio en communiceert hierover.
• Je coördineert, onder begeleiding, je eigen transitiepad: Mobiliteit & Logistiek en monitort voortgang van projecten en legt verbindingen.
• Je verbindt, mobiliseert en activeert partners en communityleden
• Je voert ondersteunende programma taken uit, zoals het vormgeven van presentaties en zorgdragen voor documentatie en het bijhouden van het CRM systeem.

Profiel:
• WO/HBO werk- en denkniveau
• Opleiding op gebied van communicatie of vergelijkbaar
• 1-2 jaar werkervaring
• Goede beheersing van Nederlands en Engels in woord en schrift
• Ervaring op het gebied van online communicatie, community management en/of projectondersteuning
• Affiniteit met innovatie en stedelijke ontwikkelingen, met het thema Mobiliteit & Logistiek in het bijzonder
• Type aanpakker, zelfstandig, communicatief sterk en flexibel.
• Gedreven in het creëren van maatschappelijke waarde

Wat bieden wij?
Wij bieden je een fijne werkplek op het Marineterrein in Amsterdam, met een informele en collegiale sfeer. Op dit moment werken we uiteraard veel thuis. We zijn een klein team (6 personen) waarin we nauw met elkaar samenwerken. We werken intensief samen met een grote groep gedreven mensen die zich inzetten voor een duurzame stad en regio, voor iedereen. Het is een regionale, nationale én internationale werkomgeving waarin je eigen inbreng en pro-activiteit zeer gewaardeerd worden.

We zoeken iemand voor 32-40 uur per week.  Salarisindicatie o.b.v. 40 uur: €2.900 - €3.400 bruto excl vakantiegeld en eindejaarsuitkering. Wij bieden een jaarcontract met uitzicht op een vaste aanstelling.

Interesse gewekt?
Vind je dit goed klinken? Dan horen we graag van je! Stuur je CV en een korte motivatie voor 17 april naar: info@amsterdamsmartcity.com. De eerste gesprekken zijn op 20 en 21 april. Voor meer informatie over de functie kun bellen met Menouschka Plugge via 06-43752636.

Hopelijk spreken we elkaar snel!

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Jacobine Zwaan, Smart Cities advisor , posted

Vacature: RVO zoekt Smart Cities adviseur

Wij zijn op zoek naar een optimist die gemotiveerd is om ‘Smart City ondernemerschap’ te bevorderen. Ons werk is door Corona veranderd, maar uiteindelijk draait het nog steeds – en steeds meer – om ondanks complexe processen te blijven streven naar vernieuwing en opschaling.

Reageren voor: 14 april 2021

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Anonymous posted

Amsterdam Track No Waste Challenge | What Design Can Do

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Creatives, have you signed up for the #NoWasteChallenge yet? This global design competition is looking for exciting, design-driven solutions to waste and consumerism. And it’s ready for your application!

As small as it may be, the Netherlands has been a powerful trading nation for centuries. This continues today, with its capital acting as an international hub for creativity, tech and finance. It is called ‘a distribution country’ for a reason: large sums of money are involved in the import and export of goods and e-commerce is booming. But the long chains that characterise this international trading system often results in high amounts of overproduction and waste.

Within this system, multinationals and big corporations seem to have the most control. Because clothing, goods and food are produced on such a large scale, big companies have a cost advantage over small entrepreneurs. This makes it difficult for local designers and producers with more sustainable initiatives to get their foot in the door. Instead, the Netherlands is outsourcing the production of almost everything (except food) in exchange for low costs, resulting in goods and clothing of increasingly poor quality, that quickly end up as waste.

Submissions can be anything from sustainable fashion, to landscape design, digital tools, or new tech. Winning ideas will be made into a reality with €10.000 in funding, a development programme co-created with Impact Hub and plenty of publicity.

👉  Learn more via What Design Can Do and apply online by 20 April: http://nowaste.whatdesigncando.com/

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Zéger Nieuweboer, Founder / Teacher at Learningisgrowing.nl, posted

YIMBY Arnhem! groeit.

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Dit voorjaar bouwen de makers van de zorgboerderij Hoeve Klein Mariëndaal in Arnhem-West YIMBY moestuinbakken voor de nieuwe stadsboeren in de wijken Klarendal, Geitenkamp, Presikhaaf, 't Broek en Malburgen van de stad Arnhem.

Angela Jong heeft haar buurtgenoten in de wijk Klarendal warm gemaakt voor het biologische tuinieren in de stad met YIMBY's. "Het komt mooi uit dat de Gemeente Arnhem 50% van de aanschafprijs bijdraagt door de groene subsidieregeling De Eetbare Stad". Bart van Dalsem van de Hoeve Klein Mariëndaal geeft aan: "Door de lokale sponsoring door de bedrijven Welkoop Elst en De Bolster kunnen we de YIMBY;s leveren met biologische moestuinaaarde en biologische zaden"

Zéger Nieuweboer heeft met zijn groene onderwijsbedrijf learningisgrowing.nl al acht jaar ervaring met de begeleiding van YIMBY Arnhem! "In de periode 2013-2020 zie je dat nieuwe stadsboeren starten met een YIMBY moestuinbak en doorgroeien naar een biologische voedseltuin". https://lnkd.in/eYbrQiH
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Paul Horsmans, Communicatieadviseur at Gemeente Haarlemmermeer, posted

SHARE Meets (livestream): Smart City

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Nederland staat voor een groot aantal actuele vraagstukken op gebied van werk, mobiliteit, veiligheid, milieu, energietransitie en duurzaamheid. De vraagstukken hebben met elkaar gemeen dat hun oplossing de betrokkenheid van meerdere partijen vereist. Smart City-projecten zijn een manier om de samenwerking op gang te brengen, daarover gaat SHARE Meets op 24 maart van 15.00 tot 16.15 uur.

Wat is een Smart City? Wat zijn kansen? Welke organisaties zijn hiermee bezig? Hoe kun je aanhaken? Gespreksleider dit keer is Jeanet van Antwerpen (CEO SADC) en Marja Ruigrok (wethouder gemeente Haarlemmermeer). Zij gaan in gesprek met de sprekers en er is interactie via de chat met de gasten.

Amsterdam Smart City
Innovatieplatform Metropoolregio Amsterdam verkent samen met verschillende partners en sociale innovatieprojecten om tot een toekomstbestendige Metropoolregio te komen.Leonie van den Beuken, programmadirecteur Amsterdam Smart City vertelt dat met nieuwe vormen van samenwerking en een andere manier van kijken, innovatieve oplossingen worden gevonden voor grootstedelijke vraagstukken met en voor de bewoners van de stad. Een stad die aangenaam is, duurzaam, bruist en waar je makkelijk van A naar B komt.Waar je elkaar ontmoet, cultuur beleeft, woont, speelt en werkt. ”Welke voorbeelden zijn er in Metropoolregio Amsterdam, in Nederland? En internationaal?

Energiedistributie
Schneider Electric (energiebeheerssystemen) met een vestiging in Hoofddorp wordt uitgeroepen tot het meest duurzame bedrijf ter wereld.De focus ligt op Duurzaamheid, Connectivity en Innovatie. Wat is de duurzaamheidsstrategie van Schneider Electric van deze Franse multinational met wereldwijd ruim 135.000 werknemers? Welke slimme oplossingen zijn er ten aanzien van een energiedistributienetwerk zonder broeikasgassen? Welk perspectief en innovatieve ontwikkelingen zijn er? Gert Pater, Business Developer Smart Building, geeft een antwoord op.

Verbetering binnenklimaat
Het binnenklimaat in kantoren, scholen, dorpshuizen en sportzalen kan veel beter. Studies laten zien dat een matig binnenklimaat procenten productiviteit kost en het ziekteverzuim verhoogt. Tegelijkertijd heeft de gebouwde omgeving een verduurzamingsuitdaging. Hoe kan het binnenklimaat worden verduurzaamd en de kosten worden verlaagd? Een snelle en kosteneffectieve manier is door de installaties aan te laten sturen door de Hero Balancer. Een computer stuurt de installaties in een gebouw 24 uur per dag aan onder andere op basis van de weersvoorspelling, het gebruikspatroon en het binnenklimaat. Welke succesvolle voorbeelden er zijn vertelt Stefan Kloosterboer, CCO Hero Balancer en winnaar van de SHARE Award 2020.

Vraag en aanbod koppelen
Het Regionaal Werkcentrum Groot-Amsterdam legt via twintig accountmanagers de verbinding tussen werkgevers met onder- en overcapaciteit in de regio. Jasperina Grootveld vertelt: “Veel werkgevers hebben nu te weinig werk voor hun personeel.Daardoor zitten meer mensen zonder baan. Er zijn ook werkgevers die juist nu medewerkers zoeken. We verbinden werkgevers die werknemers van werk naar werk willen helpen en we creëren samen oplossingen. Zo dragen we eraan bij dat mensen hun baan en salaris behouden, zich waardevol blijven voelen en de economie zo goed als het kan doordraait. ”Hoe kunnen organisaties hier aanhaken?

Kijk op www.sharehaarlemmermeer.nl

Paul Horsmans's picture Conference on Mar 24th