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Week of the Circular Economy #1: Upcyclecentre Almere

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Throughout the week of the Circular Economy, we are shining a spotlight on inspiring sustainable initiatives in the Netherlands. Meet the pioneers, learn from them and get inspired! First up is Henk Martens: Programme Manager of the Upcyclecentre in Almere.

Throughout the week of the Circular Economy, we are shining a spotlight on inspiring sustainable initiatives in the Netherlands. Joining forces with startups, social entrepreneurs, creative professionals, leading companies, and forward thinking governments, to showcase what a circular economy can look like. Meet the pioneers, learn from them and get inspired! First up is Henk Martens: Programme Manager of the Upcyclecentre in Almere.

So, Henk, can you tell us what the Upcyclecentre is all about?

The Upcyclecentre contributes to a circular economy in which raw materials are reused optimally. Residents bring in their waste, and startups on site design and create products from the waste. Old goods gain new economic value, value which in some cases may be higher than the original value. It’s a new concept; people may say it’s the first upcycle centre in Europe. Almere wants to show residents, companies, and other cities that it is possible. But it’s much more than this: the building itself is designed to be circular, with recycled materials. We have 276 solar panels on the roof, and we can collect and reuse rainwater for the toilets. And much more importantly we want to inspire visitors to think and act with a circular mindset. This year we even started offering an educational program for schools.

Every year Almere records 400.000 unique visitors at the waste points.

What kind of startups are on site?

We just had the first batch of startups. Ruig & Geroest makes interior designs, like lamps, from trash, Ruik makes perfume from pine needles or orange peels, & Seefd saves and screenprints pre-loved clothes. The Upcyclecentre gives these circular startups the chance to develop their business cases by offering them a workspace, giving them a small startup capital of €5.000, and helping them with collecting the right used materials. In exchange, the startups have to share the message of circularity and stimulate circular behavioral change by giving workshops to residents, children etc. Now we are looking for the second batch of startups: there is a time constraint on how long the startups can remain on site, to give the opportunity to other circular entrepreneurs, further accelerating the transition to a circular economy. It’s sort of like an incubator program. But the City of Almere still offers the opportunity to join a circular hub district.

You briefly mentioned that this is the first Upcyclecentre of Europe. Why do you think this hasn’t happened before?

Coincidence or not, Almere is hosting the International Horticultural Expo in 2022: the Floriade. The theme is ‘Growing Green Cities’ and the expo will focus on the green city of the future with growing cities: in 2050 more than 70% of people will live in cities. This created a momentum to do things differently, develop this center and create a showcase for the Expo. It wasn’t easy and it is not something you can do by yourself. The City of Almere collaborated together with the Omgevingsdienst, the Province of Flevoland and the Ministry of Economics & Climate to make this idea into reality.

What do you think are the biggest barriers and challenges the Upcyclecentre is facing?

It’s a difficult question. We are really in the start-up phase. 2020 will be the year to prove that the Upcyclecentre has the right to exist and we will focus on measuring the impact we’ve created towards a circular economy. One challenge is the involvement of residents, even more. Or finding the right startups to join the incubator program on site.

The City of Amsterdam organized a market exploration for a potential Upcyclecentre in Amsterdam North. Do you have any learnings or recommendations for them?

First of all, it is super important to start this initiative with a group of highly motivated people. People who are intrinsically motivated to make this a success. People who believe in the story and want to be an ambassador for the Center. Secondly don’t underestimate the power of good marketing and communication. You want to do this not only for, but also with, the residents of the city. You want to use this center to involve and inspire residents to make this transition to a circular economy happen. This means involving the residents from the start and also reducing potential barriers for users of the center. Make residents your ambassadors as well.

What do you think could be done in your industry to accelerate the transition to a circular economy?

It’s important to show the world that it is possible;a positive outlook on the circular economy. A can-do mentality. That’s what we want to accomplish with the Upcyclecentre. Set an example for the rest of the world and show something concrete and tangible. The city government can take a leading role in this as well. The City of Almere’s initiative is a good example for this.

And if we are looking into the future, where is the Upcyclecentre in 5, 10 or maybe even 20 years?

In a dream scenario all stakeholders have a circular mindset: companies, government, educational organizations and residents. But it’s going to be difficult. The first step is relatively easy: mobilizing the frontrunners. The next step is going to be harder: mobilizing the masses. But with the arrival of the new Account Manager, Hede Razoky, the first step in the right direction is made!

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This interview series is a collaborative initiative of Metabolic, AMS Institute, City of Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Economic Board and Amsterdam Smart City. Working together within the Amsterdam Smart City platform, these organisations are committed to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.

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

Week of the Circular Economy | Meet the pioneers, learn from them and get inspired!

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Throughout the week of the Circular Economy, we are shining a spotlight on inspiring sustainable initiatives in the Netherlands. Joining forces with startups, social entrepreneurs, creative professionals, leading companies, and forward thinking governments, to showcase what a circular economy can look like. Meet the pioneers, learn from them and get inspired!

Welcome to the Dutch week of the Circular Economy! Throughout the week, we will be shining a spotlight on inspiring sustainable initiatives in and around the Amsterdam area, by sharing interviews with pioneering projects and companies who are showing tangible solutions to take us from a linear to a circular economy.

Read about startups, social entrepreneurs, creative professionals, leading companies, and forward thinking governments, and learn what a circular economy can look like. We will be publishing 2 articles each day. So, stay tuned!

This interview series is a collaborative initiative of Metabolic, AMS Institute, City of Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Economic Board and Amsterdam Smart City. Working together within the Amsterdam Smart City platform, these organisations are committed to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.

More information about this week: https://deweekvandecirculaireeconomie.nl/
#circulareconomy #WeekvandeCE

Read all the interviews here:
#1 Upcyclecentre Almere
#2 Program Circular Mattrasses
#3 Building bridges from flushed toilet paper
#4 The Zwerfinator
#5 Getting buy-in for products-as-a-service
#6 Loop a.life
#7 Circular Textile Industry
#8 InStock
#9 ECO Coin

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The Whole Package: Innovations in Food Packaging

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Explore trends in sustainable food packaging, innovations & partnership opportunities at Impact Hub, with Futureproof.community.

About this Event:
How can we make food packaging sustainable? Plastic waste is a global problem, and the EU is preparing the transition towards a circular economy. Where does that leave food packaging? During this event, we will explore trends, innovations and opportunities, together with Futureproof.community by MVO Nederland.

For whom?
This evening is for innovation-seekers and makers. We will discuss success stories and do some live matchmaking, especially to make it easier for established companies and smaller innovative parties to find and talk to each other. You’ll meet and learn from entrepreneurs and innovators from our Food, Plastics, and Circularity Ecosystems and be able to start new collaborations.

Speakers
The warming up will be a panel interview, moderated by Caroli Buitenhuis of Green Serendipity, expert on bioplastics, circular economy and sustainable packaging. Chocolatemakers, Willicroft and People of Tomorrow will share their journey towards a sustainable package for their products.
Keynote speaker of this event will be Willemijn Peeters, founder of Searious Business, who helps (food) businesses to become plastic-free and circular. Her mission is to help transform our global economy and is an expert in bringing about organisational strategy & operational change.

Programme
19:00 Walk-in
19:30 Start
20:30 - 21:00 Matchmaking Drinks

About Futureproof.community:
You want to engage in more sustainable business, develop and move forward. For that, you need a product or service, knowledge or that one connection. Futureproof.community by MVO Nederland supports your search for the perfect match. For our 10.000 members, we already made over 4000 matches, so let us have a look at your entrepreneurial challenge! Do you want to know how it works? Watch this video.

About Impact Hub’s Food Ecosystem:
The Netherlands is the second largest exporter of agro-food products worldwide. What if we used this position to make real impact across the food chain and accelerate the transition to a more sustainable food system? Through our ecosystem approach, we bring together and strengthen relationships between entrepreneurs, investors, government, corporates and other organisations. Together we create innovation and resources for positive change in the food sector.

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merel schrama, comunication adviser at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, posted

Nieuw: publicatie RECURF-UP - Een nieuwe bestemming voor textiel afval

Textielresten die niet meer te gebruiken zijn belanden nu vaak in isolatiematerialen, in paardendekens of in de verbrandingsoven. De Hogeschool van Amsterdam onderzoekt of er een tweede leven mogelijk is voor ons afval.

Het combineren van oud textiel met biobased plastics levert een materiaal op waarmee bijzondere interieurproducten te maken zijn. De nieuwe uitgave Recurf-Up maakt dit proces inzichtelijk en is kosteloos te downloaden.

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Mathieu Dasnois, Communications Manager at Metabolic, posted

Measuring the Circular Economy

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Part of the transition to a circular economy is measuring how circular our current economy really is. Metabolic fascilitated a workshop with the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving (PBL), which brought government ministries and municipalities to the table, to discuss how best to measure the circular economy in the Netherlands. Intra-governmental cooperation is crucial to measuring the different levels of the circular economy across cities and regions. Check out the report! (in Dutch)
https://www.pbl.nl/publicaties/meten-om-te-weten

And read more about our work here: https://www.metabolic.nl/news/measuring-the-circular-economy-the-dutch-pioneers-leading-the-way/

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Sytske Jellema, communication coordinator , posted

SDG Action Day

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Kom op 25 september naar de derde SDG Action Day in het SDG House in Amsterdam! Deze dag is hét moment om alles te weten te komen over de SDGs: waar staan we op de routekaart naar 2030, waar liggen kansen en hoe kan ik het zelf aanpakken? Connecting Generations is het thema dit jaar, omdat jonge koplopers ons de weg wijzen. De Jonge Klimaatbeweging en Youth 4 Climate laten zien hoe ze Nederland in beweging kregen, kan dat ook voor de andere werelddoelen? Sinds dit jaar zetten alle hogescholen de SDGs in hun onderwijs en stageprogramma. Nienke Meijer (Voorzitter van Bestuur Fontys Hogescholen) legt uit waarom en hoe. Ook in bedrijven laten jongeren van zich horen over de SDGs. Hoe dat uitpakt, vertelt directielid Conny Braams van Unilever.
Iedereen doet mee – oftewel “inclusiviteit”- is de kern van alle SDGs, en alle generaties worstelen ermee. Aynouk Tan laat je daarom met andere ogen naar diversiteit en identiteit kijken: vanuit de mode. Maak verder kennis met de nieuwe nationale SDG Coördinator Sandra Pellegrom, vers uit New York, die je bijpraat over de stand van zaken rondom de SDGs. Minister Kaag zal vanuit de SDG top bij de Verenigde Naties inbellen voor het laatste nieuws. En je gaat zelf aan de slag, met 26 workshops om uit te kiezen. SDG Action Day wordt overal ter wereld gevierd, doe mee!

Event on Sep 25th
Jacqueline Verheugen, posted

Job offer: operations officer Marineterrein Amsterdam Living Lab (16-24 hours)

Marineterrein Amsterdam Living Lab is een samenwerking tussen de partners AMS Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions, Amsterdam Smart City, Amsterdam Economic Board, NEMO Science Museum en Bureau Marineterrein Amsterdam. Het belangrijkste doel van Marineterrein Amsterdam Living Lab is het realiseren van opschaalbare innovaties die steden leefbaar maken en houden. Om dat te bereiken, brengen de partners hun expertise en netwerk op het gebied van onderzoek, innovatie, stedelijke ontwikkeling en experimenteren samen op deze unieke plek in Amsterdam.

Voor het komende half jaar (september 2019 - maart 2020, mogelijk met uitloop) zoeken we een gedreven operations officer die het Living Lab operationeel gaat maken, aanvragen toetst, start met het runnen van de experimenten en zorgt voor verdere ontwikkeling van het Living Lab in samenwerking met de partners.

Interesse? Bekijk de vacature hier: https://www.marineterrein.nl/vacature-operations-officer-marineterrein-amsterdam-living-lab/

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Paul Cohen-Tannugi, posted

Amsterdam Biochar Initiative

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Biochar is a soil amendment made typically from bio-mass through a process called pyrolysis with low-oxygen. By using a low-cost, easy-to-make biochar stove, communities can arrange to turn common waste products into biochar.
The vision behind this project is for healthy and resilient communities. This means that I prefer methods that promote local, DIY and community approach, so that it can quickly scale and adapt to different towns/cities.

Most importantly, carbon being the element behind Life has tremendous versatility. It can be used to filter water and then used as a soil amendment. Or it can be mixed to make better concrete composites for roads (asphalt) and concrete. It can improve manufacturing by making carbon fiber alloys.
Last but not least, it is done through a circular model of using waste such as wood sticks, bio-mass, paper, saw dust mills, anything with carbon, even plastics. The output heat can be captured for heating buildings and cooking stoves. The opportunities are endless.
Sizes of stove vary in function of available supply/demand dynamics. For more information, check the biochar-international.org or Ithaka International.
Thank you.

PS: Stockholm, Sweden has achieved this recently. If the Swedes can do it, we can learn from them and improve together!
http://www.nordregio.org/sustainable_cities/stockholm-biochar-project/

Some guidelines for background and context
https://www.biochar-international.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/IBI_Pyrolysis_Plant_Guidelines.pdf

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Catalina Iorga, Content Lead at Amsterdam Impact (City of Amsterdam) , posted

SDG Meetup #10 x Young Impactmakers | SDG 14: Life below Water

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In September, during the SDG Action Day, we will be focusing on SDG 14: Life below Water. This special edition of our SDG Meetup is developed in collaboration with our Young Impactmakers community.

| SDG 14
According to the UN, oceans absorb about 30 per cent of the carbon dioxide produced by humans, and we are seeing a 26 per cent rise in ocean acidification since the industrial revolution. Marine pollution is reaching alarming levels, too, with an average of 13,000 pieces of plastic litter per square kilometre of ocean. That's why SDG 14 aims to sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems from pollution, as well as address the impacts of ocean acidification.

| CONTRIBUTORS
Stay tuned for speakers!

| PROGRAM
18:30 - 19:00 Walk-in (grab a drink)
19:00 - 21:00 Event (learn - innovate - co-create)
21:00 - 21:30 Networking drinks

| WHAT IS THE SDG MEETUP?
The Sustainable Development Goals Meetup is a monthly meetup powered by SDG House Residents Impact Hub Amsterdam and C-Change.

The SDG Meetup series provides a continuous engagement opportunity to accelerate solutions per SDG and develop shared knowledge and resources. It is also an accessible collaboration platform for established organisations, impact entrepreneurs, SMEs, institutions and independent professionals who want to learn about and work on the SDGs in an entrepreneurial way.

Each edition focuses on one SDG (i.e. gender equality, climate change). It is an interactive evening event meant to generate new ideas, connections, collaboration and action. At each edition we invite knowledge partners, entrepreneurs, innovators and expert facilitators to co-create an inspiring environment for us.

The learnings of each meetup are shared with the public through a blog series.

| WHERE?
The meetups take place at Impact Hub Amsterdam located in the SDG House (KIT Royal Tropical Institute) in Amsterdam Oost. SDG House, as a community, houses over 1000+ professionals and 50+ organisations working on or with the SDGs.

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Plastic Waste Recyling

Hi everyone!
I am Enrico, office coordinator for a startup of e-scooter sharing. I am looking for companies who can collect and reuse our plastic waste and turn it into swags and other objects and create nice cooperation around plastic reuse. We are also looking for a partner in handling our organic food waste to create compost!
Thank you all!

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Roos Bouman, Business Operation & Strategy at vanPlestik, posted

Vacature Stagiair Content Creation bij vanPlestik

vanPlestik zoekt een enthousiaste content creator / media & communicatie stagiair(e) met talent voor fotografie!

Tijdens deze stage werk je aan externe communicatie in tekst en beeld voor diverse projecten van vanPlestik. In een korte tijd leer je veel over het werken in een klein maar ambitieus bedrijf en zie je van dichtbij hoe onze producten en projecten tot stand komen. Je werkt in een dynamisch, klein en hecht team en krijgt veel verantwoordelijkheid en natuurlijk de nodige begeleiding.

Nieuwsgierig? Lees meer over de stage en hoe je hierop kunt reageren in de bijlage.

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Maartje Oome, Communications Manager at Green Business Club Zuidas, posted

Zero Waste Zuidas 2030

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At the annual Green Business Club Zuidas CEO breakfast, 25 CEO's of Zuidas companies signed an agreement on becoming "Zero Waste" by 2030. This initiative is a collaboration with Amsterdam Economic Board. (Dutch)

Tijdens het jaarlijkse Green Business Club Zuidas CEO-ontbijt ondertekenden 25 CEO’s voor een Zero Waste Zuidas in 2030. Het doel: een circulaire Zuidas waar elk restproduct weer het begin is van iets nieuws. Voedsel, grondstof, herbruikbaar materiaal en uiteindelijk energie.

Fred Bos, Senior Managing Director van ABN AMRO licht toe waarom zij een van de initiatiefnemers zijn van Zero Waste Zuidas: “Komen tot nul restafval in 2030 is realistisch wanneer we morgen beginnen. Niet alleen vanwege de technieken en innovaties, maar juist ook vanwege dit bestaande samenwerkingsverband.”

Met grote volumes samen naar nul
Met ruim 43.000 werkzame mensen vormt Zuidas het grootste zakendistrict van Nederland. Hoewel exacte cijfers niet bekend zijn, wordt er ruim 4 miljoen kilo afval geproduceerd op jaarbasis, waarvan het grootste gedeelte restafval is. Met het ondertekenen van de overeenkomst committeren bedrijven zich aan het gezamenlijk aanbesteden van afvalstromen. Deze aanpak creëert volume, waardoor afval zo optimaal en hoogwaardig mogelijk kan worden verwerkt. In 2020 starten de deelnemers met papier, karton, plastic en organisch afval.

Ronald Voorsluijs, CEO van Milieu Service Nederland, zet in op zero waste en zero emission: “Zo wordt bijvoorbeeld het organisch afval van de Goede Doelen Loterijen op locatie gecomposteerd. Medewerkers kunnen het compost voor eigen gebruik mee naar huis nemen. Dit voorkomt afval én gesleep.”

Samenwerking
Zero Waste Zuidas is een initiatief van Amsterdam Economic Board en Green Business Club Zuidas. De participanten van Green Business Club Zuidas zetten zich al jaren in voor het verminderen van het restafval en het hoogwaardig verwerken van monostromen. Bestaande initiatieven zijn een goede basis voor verdere samenwerking tussen participanten en opschaling. De Amsterdam Economic Board werkt aan een regionaal grondstoffentransitieprogramma waarbij samenwerking en schaal essentieel zijn voor innovatie, vernieuwing en grootschalige verandering.

“Zero Waste Zuidas betekent circulariteit als uitgangspunt door de hele keten. Dat houdt in: anders ontwerpen, inkopen, slimmere logistiek, duurzame bronnen en hergebruik. Wanneer dat in Zuidas lukt, lukt het overal. De blauwdruk van deze beweging, het hoe en wat, kan door andere zakendistricten, bedrijventerreinen, overheden en Green Business Clubs worden gebruikt om afvalstromen volledig circulair te maken”, aldus Marjolein Brasz, Challenge Lead Circulaire Economie bij de Amsterdam Economic Board.

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Catalina Iorga, Content Lead at Amsterdam Impact (City of Amsterdam) , posted

Entrepreneurial Solutions for a Sustainable City

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An event during WeMakeThe.City

This full-day experience at Impact Hub Amsterdam is the perfect opportunity to explore how Impact Hub makes cities more sustainable and vibrant through entrepreneurial solutions in plastics, food, inclusion, and circularity. Come get inspired by the diverse solutions of our impactmakers!

You can create your personalised schedule by purchasing tickets to the sessions you want to attend. From attending one session to spending the whole day with us - it's up to you! Learn more and sign up > bit.ly/IHA-WMTC

This event is powered by Impact Hub and the City of Amsterdam (Amsterdam Impact).

MORNING PROGRAM | OPTION 1
10:00 - 12:00 | Impact Entrepreneurs in Action: Gender, Migration and Circular Economy

We need diverse solutions to solve global and local challenges. Want to find out how YOU can make a difference and support the development of these solutions? Join this interactive session co-created by Impact Hub Amsterdam and C-Change! You’ll get inspired by impactmakers working in gender, migration and circular economy, as well as contributors from The Next Women, Crosswise Works, Generous Minds, and Circle Economy.

MORNING PROGRAM | OPTION 2
10:00 - 12:00 | Circular Strategies

To innovate for a circular economy we must narrow, slow, close and regenerate material resource and energy loops. In this two-hour session featuring Jan Konietzko from TU Delft, you will learn more about these key circular strategies. Use a brainstorm card deck developed at TU Delft to get inspired and generate circular ideas you can start implementing in your business right away! This session is part of our collaboration with the Province of Noord-Holland, which aims to become fully circular by 2050.

12:15 - 13:15 | Lunchtime: Vegan Lunch for €5

AFTERNOON PROGRAM | OPTION 1
13:30 - 15:30 | Make Your Money Green: Sustainable Investing for Newbies

You can accelerate the transition to a sustainable future by investing from as little as €250. How? Through crowdfunding! In this interactive session, crowdfunding platform Oneplanetcrowd will share all the insights you need to start investing in companies and initiatives that contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). You’ll also hear the crowdfunding stories of impact entrepreneurs working on the SDGs, join speed date sessions with these entrepreneurs, and more!

AFTERNOON PROGRAM | OPTION 2
16:00 - 18:00 | Perspectives on Food and Climate

In this session, the DOEN Foundation will discuss the link between climate action and sustainable food - from how the current food system contributes to climate change to how companies, consumers and policymakers can help lower food’s climate impact! Learn from experts and entrepreneurs about how the concept of ‘food’ is perceived, marketed and sold, and what impact food has on our climate.

AFTERNOON PROGRAM | OPTION 3
13:30 - 18:00 | New Plastic Ecosystem Meetup

Our second plastics ecosystem meetup is a unique opportunity to meet partners from our ecosystem, and get inspired by the next generation of entrepreneurs with solutions to reduce plastic waste worldwide! Featuring a keynote by Ellen MacArthur Foundation, roundtables and panel discussions with alumni of our Plastic Free Ocean Accelerator and partners such as the Port of Amsterdam, WWF and Accenture. Plus the chance to meet the winners of the Dopper Changemaker Challenge, and hear pitches by our Business Model Challenge| Plastics Edition participants!

EVENING PROGRAM
18:15 - 19:30 | Miha Pogacnik: Visionary, Violinist and Cultural Entrepreneur

Experience a unique performance on divergent problem-solving by world-famous violinist and visionary Miha Pogacnik. There is no right or wrong, only participation and creation.

19:00 - 23:00 Experience Impact: Heroes of Amsterdam VR Screening and Party

Frank Heckman, founder of the Embassy of the Earth, will kick off the evening session with stories of his incredible work with heroes around the world. Then, Impact Hub members Heroes & Friends will introduce us to inspiring initiatives working on the SDGs in Amsterdam.

As winners of the City of Amsterdam’s Localise the SDGs Challenge on the EU Social Challenges platform Heroes & Friends have helped these initiatives share their stories through Virtual Reality (VR) experiences!

After the talk from Heroes & Friends, it’s time for drinks, snacks and live music! You can also pop into our screening room for VR experiences of the local heroes working an inclusive and vibrant city for all.

THROUGHOUT THE DAY
The Future of Food

In addition to food for thought, we have some delicious bites to keep you running from one event to the next. Come and taste the plant-based, fairly produced treats of Meet Jack, FRANK about tea, Plant-Based Cheese, and many more!

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

Circulaire vooruitzichten

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Samen met Pakhuis de Zwijger organiseert Amsterdam Smart City een avond over circulaire economie in de Metropoolregio! Kom je ook?

Hoe zien circulaire steden er straks uit?
Steden waarin al het afval volledig wordt gerecycled. Het klinkt als een ideaalbeeld, maar hoe komen we daar? En hoe betrekken we bewoners zo goed mogelijk bij de processen die hierbij nodig zijn? Tijdens dit programma kijken we naar verschillende projecten rondom circulariteit en afvalverwerking van Amsterdam Smart City. Afval kunnen we gebruiken als grondstof voor nieuwe producten, zowel op lokaal als centraal niveau. Hoe zorgen we ervoor dat grote bedrijven en bewoners zo goed mogelijk worden betrokken bij het proces van afvalverwerking? Hoe blijft het aantrekkelijk voor al deze partijen? Kortom: hoe ziet circulaire afvalverwerking er straks uit?

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Catalina Iorga, Content Lead at Amsterdam Impact (City of Amsterdam) , posted

Looking for students graduating on plastic waste or clean water!

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Do you know someone graduating on plastic-free or crystal-clear water solutions? Tip them to apply for the Dopper Changemaker Challenge by 12 April > https://bit.ly/CMCTip

If that someone is you, submit your graduation topic > https://bit.ly/DopperCMC

What's at stake? Grants of up to €5,000 to boost your graduation project, intros to a valuable business network, free entrepreneurship training by Impact Hub and promo support to share your idea with the world!

Follow in the footsteps of Jonathan Morrison (pictured), who went from ad man to the Head of Operation at WasteBoards - skateboards handmade from plastic bottle caps discarded at music festivals or fished out of Amsterdam’s canals by Plastic Whale!

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Jasmijn Tuit, Content Creator at vanPlestik, posted

Expert meet-up #1: Impact

You think your plastic waste is useless? Not according to our experts! Two weeks ago, we had the pleasure of welcoming a group of experts in the field of circular design in our workshop. It was the first meet-up in the series of events on our research project “van Plestik, your own plastic“. Missed out on the event? Read all about it on our website.

https://vanplestik.nl/en/2019/03/12/you-think-your-plastic-waste-is-useless-not-according-to-our-experts/

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Anonymous posted

Kennisland is looking for the most innovative ideas that tackle plastic waste!

For this year's European Social Innovation Competition we’re looking for projects, products, services, business models and collaborations that tackle plastic waste. Out of all entries 30 semi-finalists will be selected. They will receive a package of support from experienced social innovators to turn their idea into a viable venture. The 3 most promising ideas receive 50.000 Euro prize money to further the development of their ideas!

We're looking for ideas from one or more of the following fields:
- Reducing the consumption of single use plastic products
- Recycling, reusing, and upcycling existing plastic waste
- Dealing with accumulated plastic waste in landfills and the environment
- Changing consumer behaviours, retail and wider business practices to reduce levels of plastic waste and/or increase recycling and re-use
- Implementing alternative business models and optimising supply chains to reduce plastic waste and/or increase recycling and re-use
- Introducing new materials fit for a circular economy or that offer sustainable alternatives to fossil-based plastics

Do you have an idea – big or small – that can help us reduce our plastic waste? Share it with us and apply 4 April at the latest for the 2019 European Social Innovation Competition via the website: https://eusic.challenges.org/

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Catalina Iorga, Content Lead at Amsterdam Impact (City of Amsterdam) , posted

Dopper Changemaker Challenge | Kickoff event

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CALLING STUDENTS GRADUATING ON THE SUBJECT OF PLASTIC WASTE OR CLEAN WATER

In the Dopper Changemaker Challenge, you can enter your graduation project or thesis idea to win a €5,000 grant, valuable network connections, PR support and more – and that without adding extra time to your studies! Need help with taking your plastic waste or clean water idea to the next level? Join us on 14 March to brainstorm with inspiring speakers, experts and students!

During the kickoff event, you’ll get fresh inspiration and practical tools to graduate as a changemaker! Sign up now to:

1. Hear from plastic-free and clean water changemakers
2. Learn how to pitch your idea in a clear and concise way
3. Map out the next steps of your innovative solution
4. Identify stakeholders who can support your journey
5. Collaborate with students working on similar projects
6. Mingle with Impact Hub’s Young Impactmakers community

PROGRAM
19:00 Welcome (grab a drink)
19:30 – 21:30 Event (learn-brainstorm-discuss)
21:30 – 22:00 Drinks

TICKETS
All tickets are free (the snacks, too!), but don’t forget to register > https://bit.ly/CMCKickoff

Entrepreneurs, campaigners, engineers, influencers – meet the changemakers

Need even more inspiration? Entrepreneur and Straw by Straw founder Ev Liu developed an eco-friendly alternative to the plastic straw made of natural wheat straw! City to Sea founder and environmental campaigner Natalie Fee reached 35 million people with her Refill campaign for ditching single-use water bottles. And designer Mirjam de Bruijn created the Twenty soluble cleaning products – the only 20% percent you need to buy; add 80% tap water and shake it up!

These are just three of the inspiring changemakers you’ll get to know during the Dopper Changemaker Challenge! From Amsterdam to Berlin and from London to Kathmandu, there are more than a dozen stories we can’t wait to share!

Stay tuned and send us the topic of your graduation project by 12 April > https://dopperchangemakerchallenge.com

Catalina Iorga's picture Event on Mar 14th
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Sign up now for new Startup in Residence Sustainability incubator!

Startups & scaleups and social enterprises, check out our 2019 sustainability programme and sign up now: https://startupinresidence.com/amsterdam/

The governmental startup incubator Startup in Residence gives sustainable entrepreneurs the opportunity to collaborate with the local government towards solving 18 sustainable city challenges. The sustainability challenges cover a variety of topics including waste recycling, new energy sources, sustainable sports city, climate-proof city, etc. Add to that, we as a municipality, would like to become more innovative and sustainable. Find the complete list of challenges here: http://bit.ly/2tbYfmN !

Apply for our programme now! We’re looking forward to receiving your applications from February 5th until March 24th 2019!

Laura van den Boogert's picture #CircularCity
Laura van den Boogert, Project lead , posted

Startup in Residence Sustainability is live!

Startups & scaleups! Check out our 2019 programme and sign up now!

Startup in Residence invites sustainable entrepreneurs to collaborate with the local government towards solving 18 sustainable city challenges. The sustainability challenges cover a variety of topics including waste recycling, new energy sources, sustainable sports city, climate-proof city, etc. Add to that, we as a municipality, would like to become more innovative and sustainable. Find the complete list of challenges here: http://bit.ly/2tbYfmN !

Apply for our programme now! We’re looking forward to receiving your applications from February 5th until March 24th 2019!

Laura van den Boogert's picture #CircularCity