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Folkert Leffring, Digital Media Manager , posted

Helsinki and Amsterdam invite motorists to ‘code the streets’

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Helsinki and Amsterdam are inviting motorists to take part in a study that aims to offer the most socially responsible driving routes in each city.

Code the Streets – an EU-sponsored mobility initiative which will run throughout October and November – asks drivers to test new functions in the traffic navigation app TomTomAmiGO and Mercedes-Benz’ navigation planner, to better understand how to route motorists in a more environmentally aware way.

This includes suggestions on avoiding roads close to schools, residential areas, and parts of the city with high pollution.

The initiative is a collaboration between the City of Amsterdam, City of Helsinki, Aalto University, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute), Forum Virium Helsinki, Technical University Delft and The Future Mobility Network, and is funded by TomTom, Mercedes-Benz and EIT Urban Mobility.

Read the full story here: https://cities-today.com/helsinki-and-amsterdam-invite-motorists-to-code-the-streets/

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Sara de Boer, Programmamaker at Pakhuis de Zwijger, posted

Dag van de Duurzaamheid

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Op donderdag 7 oktober is het tijd voor de Dag van de Duurzaamheid. In Pakhuis de Zwijger kun je terecht voor een avondvullend programma met talks, screenings, workshops en de uitreiking van de Trouw Duurzame 100. We gaan in gesprek over thema’s als duurzaam bouwen, inclusieve klimaatcoalities, nieuwe afspraken en de COP. We sluiten de avond af met de feestelijke bekendmaking van de meest duurzame initiatieven uit het land.

Praat, doe, denk, vier en leer jij mee deze dag? Schrijf je dan in voor een van de programma’s. Dit kan makkelijk en gratis via de onderstaande link.

Conference on Oct 7th
Herman van den Bosch, professor in management development , posted

Barcelona and Madrid: Forerunners in e-governance

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Barcelona is one of the oldest examples of a city that deploys technology as part of its government. Sensor networks have been producing an array of data on transport, energy usage, noise levels, irrigation, and many other topics without having much impact on the life of citizens or solving the underlying problems.

In 2015, Francesca Bria, chief technology, together with mayor Ada Colau started to reverse the smart city paradigm: Instead of starting from technology and extracting all the data we started aligning the tech agenda with the agenda of the cityshe said.

One of the first challenges was using technology to increase ordinary citizen’s impact on policy. A group of civic-minded coders and cryptographers created a brand-new participatory platform, Decidem (which means We Decide in Catalan). For more information watch the video below.

Spain offers more inspiring examples. The city of Madrid has also created a participatory citizen platform, not for chance called Decide Madrid, which is in many respects comparable with Decidem, as this short video demonstrates.

The most important features of both platforms are:

Active participation in policy making
Citizens are stimulated to suggest ideas, debating them, and vote. In Barcelona, more than 40.000 citizens have suggested proposals, which form 70% of the agenda of the city administration. The most frequently mentioned concerns are affordable housing, clean energy, air quality and the public space.
The Municipal Action Plan of Barcelona includes almost 7,000 proposals from citizens. Decidem enables citizens to monitor the state of implementation of each of them to increase citizen’s engagement.

Debating
Decide Madrid and Decidem emphasize the value of being informed as starting point for deliberation. Citizens can start discussions on their own and participate in threaded discussions started by others.
As soon as citizens feel informed and have exchanged opinions voting can start. Both Decide Madrid as Decidemhave a space where citizens can make proposals and seeks support. Proposals that reach enough support are prepared for voting. These votes generally are advising the city council.

Policy preparation
Decide Madrid enables citizens amendment legislative texts. The public is allowed to commend any part of it and to suggest alternatives. This also might result in discussions and the suggestions are used to improve the formulations.

Data governance
Decidem and Decide Madrid are also data portals that show data that have been collected in the city, partly on citizens themselves. Decidem has the intention, because of its participation in the European project Decode to enable citizens to control the use of data of their own for specific purposes.

Hybrid solutions
As not every citizen has a computer or is skilled to use the Internet platforms, both cities combine virtual discussions and discussion in a physical space.

It is not only the traditional rivalry between Barcelona and Madrid that has inspired the development of two comparable systems, independently from each other. It is also the fact that the Spanish people had to fight for democracy until rather recently. Democratic institutions that have long existed in many other countries had to be reinvented, but with a 20th-century twist.

The community of Madrid has developed Decide Madrid together with CONSUL, a Madrid-based company. CONSUL enables cities to develop citizen participation on the Internet quickly and save. The package is very comprehensive. The software and its use are free. CONSUL can be adjusted by each organization to meet its own needs. As a result, Consul is in use in 130 cities and organizations in 33 countries (see the map above) and reaches out around 90 million citizens worldwide.

In contrast with e-Estonia, the topic of a former post, the footing of Decidem and Decide Madrid is enabling citizens to make their voice heard and to participate in decision-making. Both cities offer excellent examples of e-governance. e-Governance reflects the mutual communication between municipal authorities and citizens using digital tools to align decision making with the needs and wants of citizens. Instead, the intention of e-Estonia is to improve the efficiency of the operation of the state.  Both aims are complementary.

I will regularly share ‘snapshots’ of the challenge of bringing socially and ecologically sustainable cities closer using technology if useful. These posts represent findings, updates, and additions to 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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Merel A, Communicatieadviseur at Gemeente Amsterdam, posted

Amsterdam Reist Slim: doe mee aan de proef!

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De gemeente Amsterdam en de Hogeschool van Amsterdam starten in november 2021 een onderzoek naar het reisgedrag van Amsterdammers. Een bereikbare en leefbare stad begint bij de behoeften van de inwoners. Hoe vaak, wanneer en met welke voertuigen verplaatsten ze zich door de stad? Dat zijn vragen waar we met de proef antwoord op willen krijgen.

Over het onderzoek
De proef wordt uitgevoerd met behulp van de slimme app Fynch. Fynch biedt niet alleen een helder overzicht van iedere gemaakte rit, ook de CO2-uitstoot, afgelegde kilometers, vermeden spitsuren en aantal minuten beweging per dag worden bijgehouden. De Hogeschool van Amsterdam onderzoekt het reisgedrag van Amsterdammers via de ritten in de app en stuurt tijdens het onderzoek twee vragenlijsten om nog meer te weten te komen over de reisbehoeften van de deelnemers.

Doe mee aan de proef
Woont u in Amsterdam en heeft u een auto? Meld u dan aan via onderstaande link! U draagt bij aan de ontwikkeling van een leefbare en bereikbare stad en ontvangt na afloop van de proef een bol.com bon van €20.

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Teska Drosten, Communicator at Waag, posted

Toekomstwandeling dwars door Amsterdam

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Sinds de pandemie zijn we massaal aan de wandel geslagen. Ontspannen, een goed gesprek voeren en nadenken over de toekomst: dat alles vind je terug in de Toekomstwandeling dwars door Amsterdam. We beginnen bij onze outpost op het Amsterdam Science Park: planet B, en wandelen richting het eindpunt op de Nieuwmarkt: Waag.

Tijdens de wandeling dwars door Amsterdam lopen we langs pleinen, parken en door buurten die de aanleiding zijn voor gesprekken over de stad, het land en onze toekomst. In wat voor wereld wil je wel of niet leven? Wat vind je belangrijk op het gebied van wonen, samenleven, voedsel, technologie en het klimaat? Wat is jouw droomtoekomst? Waar is verbetering nodig en hoe komen we daar?

Laat je verrassen, leer van elkaar, bekijk de wereld met andere ogen. Breek uit je bubbel en verken de ideale toekomst met vage bekende en nieuwe vrienden.

Meld je aan

Wanneer: zaterdag 25 september

Starttijden: 13:00 | 13:30 | 14:00

Locatie: Planet B, Startup Village, Science Park Amsterdam

Eindpunt: Waag, Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam

Belangrijke praktische informatie:

  • De wandeling duurt anderhalf tot twee uur (5 km). Je begint bij het Science Park en wandelt via Amsterdam-Oost naar de Waag op de Nieuwmarkt.
  • Bij aankomst in de Waag (1e verdieping) is de bar geopend voor een hapje en een drankje.
  • Kom je op de fiets naar Amsterdam Science Park? Je fiets wordt terwijl je wandelt naar de Nieuwmarkt vervoerd. Zo kun je vanaf daar weer gemakkelijk naar huis komen!
  • Je kunt samen met een vriend of vriendin wandelen, of meedoen aan de matchmaking en je laten verrassen! Dit kun je ter plaatse beslissen. 
  • Je hebt de keuze uit drie verschillende starttijden, om te grote drukte te voorkomen.

Waag Future Lab
Waag is sinds 2021 een Future Lab voor Design en Technologie van Nederland. Waag organiseert in de komende jaren meerdere expedities naar planet B. Hierin zoekt ze naar antwoorden op de sociale, technologische en ecologische uitdagingen van onze tijd. Ze vormen een platform voor ontwerpers, wetenschappers, beleidsmakers en burgerinitiatieven. Elke expeditie, met een looptijd van een half jaar, verkent een deelaspect van een gezamenlijke, gewenste toekomst. De eerste expeditie is een navigator en een routekaart naar de toekomst. Wat verstaan we eronder, wat verwachten we ervan? Waag gaat het land in en gaat met iedereen in gesprek. Wat is voor jou een wenselijke toekomst, wat kun je daar zelf aan bijdragen en wat heb je daarvoor nodig?

Teska Drosten's picture Meet-up on Sep 25th
Teska Drosten, Communicator at Waag, posted

Acid Clouds: een wandeling langs de fundamenten van het internet

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Elke week stijgt onze schermtijd. We swipen, streamen, downloaden, en liken ons suf: een steeds groter deel van ons leven speelt zich online af. Al die data moet ergens worden opgeslagen. Maar waar? Wandel op zaterdag 25 september mee langs de fundamenten van het internet in Amsterdam Science Park en bekijk datacenters van een hele nieuwe kant.

We starten om 11 uur bij outpost planet B op het Science Park. Dit is de plek waar het eerste datacenter van Nederland is gevestigd (SARA Surf). In een interactieve en afwisselende route van ongeveer een uur, met informatie, vragen en gespreksstof, voeren we je langs het verleden en de toekomst van de digitale wereld. Uiteraard helemaal corona-proof! Een selectie van de prachtige foto’s van wel 100 Nederlandse datacenters, gemaakt door Niels Schrader en Roel Backaert, maakt onderdeel uit van de route. Samen met andere wandelaars ontrafel je de geschiedenis en verken je de (digitale) toekomst.

Op zaterdag 25 september 11 uur openen we de buiten-fototentoonstelling Acid Clouds van Niels Schrader (DE/VE, 1977) en Roel Backaert (BE, 1978). Direct aansluitend start de wandeling.

Wanneer: zaterdag 25 september 11 uur

Waar: outpost planet B, Science Park

Nodig: goede schoenen, opgeladen telefoon (voor het interactieve gedeelte), flesje water

Afstand wandeling: ongeveer 2,5 kilometer

Duur wandeling: 1 uur

Expeditie: toekomst
De wandeling is onderdeel van Expeditie: toekomst, een festival vol wandelingen, workshops en talks, waarin de verkenning van de toekomst centraal staat.

Meld je aan

Niels Schrader over Acid Clouds
‘Data zijn het vervuilingsprobleem van het informatietijdperk’, schreef de Amerikaanse cryptografiedeskundige Bruce Schneier in 2015. ‘Dat zette Niels Schrader aan het denken. Samen met Roel Backaert vormt hij het duo achter het project Acid Clouds. Ze brengen datacenters in Nederland in kaart voor hun onderzoek naar de impact van de digitale wereld op onze fysieke leefomgeving. ‘Door de datacenters in beeld te brengen willen we mensen bewust maken van de steeds grotere plek die de digitale wereld begint op te eisen in onze fysieke leefomgeving. Daar zouden meer mensen iets van mogen vinden.’ Lees het interview met Niels Schrader.

Waag Future Lab
Waag is sinds 2021 een Future Lab voor Design en Technologie van Nederland. Waag organiseert in de komende jaren meerdere expedities naar planet B. Hierin zoekt ze naar antwoorden op de sociale, technologische en ecologische uitdagingen van onze tijd. Ze vormen een platform voor ontwerpers, wetenschappers, beleidsmakers en burgerinitiatieven. Elke expeditie, met een looptijd van een half jaar, verkent een deelaspect van een gezamenlijke, gewenste toekomst. De eerste expeditie is een navigator en een routekaart naar de toekomst. Wat verstaan we eronder, wat verwachten we ervan? Waag gaat het land in en gaat met iedereen in gesprek. Wat is voor jou een wenselijke toekomst, wat kun je daar zelf aan bijdragen en wat heb je daarvoor nodig?

Teska Drosten's picture Meet-up on Sep 25th
Robin Masereeuw, Speaker curator , posted

TEDxAmsterdam is looking for sustainable entrepreneurs

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Are you a sustainable entrepreneur and would you like to take that next step? TEDxAmsterdam is looking for initiators of disruptive innovations and concrete ideas that fit our planet's future needs; social and/or environmentally. We offer 1-on-1 mentorship, business & storytelling workshops, pitch coaching and presentation design. And the chance to present on a TEDx stage.

Who are our pioneers?

The Impact Program is suitable for people from all walks of life with an ambitious and entrepreneurial nature. It specifically caters to those in need of guidance to jumpstart benevolent solutions within the Amsterdam region. We are not talking about idealistic dreams and utopian fairy tales but rather initiators of disruptive innovations and concrete ideas. We like to call these great minds “Pioneers”.

The criteria

  • All pioneers(s) or team members must be at least 18 years old
  • The pioneer needs to have a concrete, actionable business idea or product
  • A genuine excitement to have a positive impact within Amsterdam and beyond
  • Each pioneer must demonstrate unwavering commitment to work on their business idea
  • Each pioneer must make a commitment to spend around 2 to 3 hours a week at the program; e-learning, online and offline coaching, home work
  • Available in Oct/Nov/Feb for a monthly offsite event
  • The Pioneer is comfortable enough to speak at a TEDx event in English

For the idea to be suitable, you will want to keep in mind about whether you:

  • Found a problem worth solving
  • Have a viable business model (problem/solution fit) for the product/service
  • Have conducted market and competitor research
  • Are fully committed to continue with the startup development
  • Have a proof of concept or Minimum Viable Product in place or working on it
  • Have already some traction

Sign up for the TEDxAmsterdam Impact Program and let us help you bring your idea(s) to life. Apply before October 3rd.

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Zéger Nieuweboer, Founder / Teacher at Learning is growing.nl, posted

The birth of a new green cooperative

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In  the city of Arnhem a new green cooperative is founded by the students and teachers of the course "Organic Growing in the City". The new cooperative is two years old and has 54 organic urban growers as members. You will watch the green cooperative growing in the future years.

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Jennifer Drouin, Community Manager at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, posted

Donut Meet & Greet

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Always wanted to meet Kate Raworth in an intimate setting and exchange stories with other local & global donut fans?
Then this is your chance!

On Thursday, September 30, 15.00 - 17.00 CET, the Donut Meet & Greet Event will take place during the Amsterdam Doughnut Days at the new AHK Culture Club!

What you can expect:

  • international (live) video messages from Spain, Barbados, Frankfurt, Copenhague and beyond
  • informal talk about DEAL from the DEAL team itself 
  • inspiring donut examples from the community and opportunities for you to join 
  • sneak peek into the results of the donut events from the previous days 
  • enough time for us to share and connect experiences 
  • drinks at Clubhouse to network and celebrate

Due to popular demand are all seats are taken. If there are any cancellations, you can score a seat by filling out this form.

https://forms.office.com/r/NBv2WNBCHj

Jennifer Drouin's picture Meet-up on Sep 30th
Eva Koops, posted

Community management op de campus

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Wat is community management eigenlijk? en hoe zorg je voor verbinding onder je leden op een campus? Wat zijn de succesfactoren en waar te starten? Aan de hand van een aantal cases en kennis uit het Campus Amsterdam netwerk gaan we dieper in gesprek over dit hot topic. Bij niemand minder dan H20 e-sports.

Meet-up on Sep 22nd
Manon den Dunnen, Strategisch specialist digitale transformatie , posted

10 years of SensemakersAMS: Learnings & a look into the future

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In September the Sensemakers Community celebrates her 10th anniversary. Due to Covid not with an offline party, but online with speakers that will give an overview of (the learnings from) the changing landscape and a speculative look into the future!

Manon den Dunnen's picture Meet-up on Sep 15th
Karolina Sawicka, Business Developer & Innovator at Spatial Experience, posted

Internship: GRAPHIC & WEB DESIGN INTERNSHIP

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YOUR ROLE

Are you a creative and determined mind? Do you enjoy visualising experiences? We are looking for a Graphic & Web Design Intern, someone who is driven by a passion for design and the digital world.

We are an evolving business and at this stage we are looking for an intern who is passionate, dedicated and wants to grow with us. Our team is working on penetrating markets in and outside of the Netherlands and you will be involved in several aspects of this development. You will get the opportunity to work with real case studies from brands/companies and partners we already work with.

Your main tasks will focus on creative work, both design & layout (from concept to realisation), generating creative content for offline (print / editorial) and online (websites, social media & other digital platforms), both for clients and our own brands/products/solutions.

DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Relevant educational background – Graphic Design / Visual Communication studies are preferred
  • Fluent in English both oral and written (B2 or higher)
  • International oriented – nomadic spirit
  • Able to think out of the box, ambitious and eager to take on challenges
  • Pragmatic and functional work approach
  • Graphic (Digital & Print) and Web Design skills & professional work experience
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and XD
  • Advanced knowledge & ability to create appealing presentations on Apple Keynote, Google Slides and MS PowerPoint
  • Extremely detail oriented
  • Able to generate creative content & ideas

WOULD BE A PLUS

  • Create & manage websites on Webflow
  • Creating short animations (GIFs)
  • Experience with Adobe AfterEffects & Premiere
  • Beginner / intermediate knowledge of front-end code (HTML / CSS / Javascript / jQuery)
  • Experience with photography or videography content creation & post-production
  • Fluent (or Working proficiency) in German, Spanish or Polish

WHAT WE OFFER

Our office is located close to the centre of Amsterdam in a developing and upcoming area.

You will be part of an international team of extremely motivated professionals based in Amsterdam & get the chance to meet interesting people, work within an interdisciplinary team and develop your skills while collaborating and participating in meaningful projects. We like to keep it fun and positive.

This is a full-time internship, which will last for 6 months, with the option to extend cooperation with our company. We offer an allowance of € 500 per month. Candidates could be either (currently enrolled) students or fresh graduates (eligible for Erasmus+ programme) who are legally allowed to live & work in the Netherlands.

ABOUT US

Spatial Experience is a creative innovation hub focused on shaping the future of living. Our end goal is the creation of extraordinary, unique living & working spaces where communities are formed with a fulfilling lifestyle. Our team helps brands adapt to the fast-changing urban landscape of the real estate industry through multiple branding, marketing, design and digital services. From concept ideation, creation, realisation, advisory to manage the growth of our clients at every step of the project. We are passionate about creating future-proof real estate brands.

Over the past few years, we have created and co-created successful brands, providing them with strategies, concepts, brand identity and digital / web solutions.  We have worked with brands such as The Student Hotel, Staytoo Apartments, Stayurban, Greystar & OurDomain, The Class of 2020, REDNET Property Group, BONARD among others. We work in venture with our partners on leading Coliving research lab and support other global coliving platforms e.g. Co-Liv.  Currently, we have new exciting projects to develop and we are looking for colleagues who are interested to join our team for a new professional adventure.

Our team consists of entrepreneurs, strategists and creative professionals. We are passionate about bringing innovative solutions to emerging real estate (student housing, coliving, coworking among others) and have quite a few exciting developments in the works.

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Karolina Sawicka, Business Developer & Innovator at Spatial Experience, posted

Internship: MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

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Spatial Experience, an innovation hub for emerging real estate, is looking for a new Marketing & Communication Intern.

We are an evolving business and at this stage, we are looking for an intern who is passionate, dedicated and wants to grow with us. Our team is penetrating markets in and outside of the Netherlands and you will be involved in several aspects of this development. Express your creativity, have fun and get the opportunity to work with real case studies from brands and companies we already worked with.

Your main tasks will focus on supporting the marketing team with various endeavours such as conducting market research, generating creative content for online channels and co-managing various social media platforms. You will be embedded in the core of our operations, learn to apply innovation & design thinking methodology within your working methodology and approach challenges with a hand-on approach.

Please view the full role description here:
https://www.spatial-experience.com/careers/marketing-communications-internship-paid

About Us
Spatial Experience is a creative innovation hub focused on shaping the future of living. Our end goal is the creation of extraordinary, unique living & working spaces where communities are formed with a fulfilling lifestyle. Our team helps brands adapt to the fast-changing urban landscape of the real estate industry through multiple branding, marketing, design and digital services. From concept ideation, creation, realisation, advisory to manage the growth of our clients at every step of the project. We are passionate about creating future-proof real estate brands.

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Gijs Boerwinkel, Head of communications at Waag, posted

Wandelen naar de toekomst: de smart citizen-wandeling

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De slimme stad, wat is dat eigenlijk? Kan iets dat geen hersenen heeft slim zijn? Waag gaat er vanuit dat niet de stad, maar de burger slim is: smart citizens in plaats van smart cities. Vanaf 23 augustus kun je met het wandelpakket van Waag de smart citizen-wandeling lopen in Utrecht, Rotterdam en Amsterdam. Wandel de stadsroute en ga mee op zoek naar de sporen van de slimme stad!

Meld je aan om het wandelpakket te ontvangen. De wandeling is corona-proof en te doen wanneer het jou uitkomt.

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De Ceuvel, Smart eco hub & community at De Ceuvel, posted

Take a virtual tour of eco-hub de Ceuvel

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At de Ceuvel we host private tours for interested individuals, schools, companies and other parties. Whether you’re an architect, technical engineer, a high school student, or just a generally interested person: there will be someone at de Ceuvel that can explain our story in a way that’s relevant to your background.

The tour covers the story of De Ceuvel. You will learn about sustainability & the circular economy, urban renewal strategies, architecture and communal experimentation and bottom-up development.

Our virtual tour of de Ceuvel was developed during the corona lockdown. Instead of physically visiting our site, we can show you around virtually! The online tour, or webinar, is conducted in a Zoom meeting. Our guide welcomes you in this virtual environment at a time and date of your convenience. Using photos, exclusive videos and illustrations unavailable elsewhere, we tell the story of our unique site. There will be ample time for questions and conversations with the live tour guide.

The virtual tour can be given to a large group of Zoom participants, or as a remote speaker during a physical event. It is suitable in various contexts: as a guest lecture for schools or universities, as a program item of an (online) sustainability conference, as part of a more extensive (company) training course, or in whatever setting you've designed.

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Melchior Kanyemesha, Programmanagement + Energy Lead at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

Wat vind jij? Verdient serious gaming een stevigere plek in het aanpakken van transities?

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Serious gaming is een mooi hulpmiddel voor samenwerking en
besluitvorming in de energietransitie. In de afgelopen jaren hebben we
voorbeelden gezien van spellen die complexe vragen begrijpelijk kunnen maken. Neem bijvoorbeeld de HEAT tool van Alliander, het WE-Energy spel van de Hanzehogeschool Groningen, de sustainability DNA game van de Ceuvel, het Klimaatspel Plan Zuid van de Gemeente Amsterdam en het participatiespel van de Hogeschool van Amsterdam. Stuk voor stuk interessante serious games die ingewikkelde processen van verduurzamingsopgaven eenvoudiger maken.

De Hogeschool van Amsterdam en Amsterdam Smart City zoeken samen hoe we de meerwaarde van serious gaming voor energieprojecten kunnen verhogen. Enerzijds omdat we ons afvragen of de potentie wel volledig wordt benut. Anderzijds omdat opvalt dat structurele toepassing, of op grotere schaal, uitblijft. De zoektocht staat nog ver aan het begin, maar we gaan graag met anderen hierover in gesprek. En daarom vragen we jou om met ons mee te denken.

Voor wie zijn serious games?
Serious games zijn er genoeg, maar ze verschillen in de inhoudelijke focus, schaalniveau en doelgroep. Sommigen gaan uitsluitend over energie, anderen ook om andere aspecten van gebiedsontwikkeling. Daarbinnen kan het gaan over een hele regio of een bepaalde buurt. Omdat de energietransitie gaat om multistakeholder samenwerking, hebben meerdere doelgroepen baat bij het spelen van een serious game over dit onderwerp. Denk aan beleidsmakers en (nuts)bedrijven, die bijvoorbeeld moeten samenwerken om een warmtenet te realiseren.

Een doelgroep die hier niet kan ontbreken is natuurlijk de bewoner. Voor hen lijkt de toegevoegde waarde van serious games nog wel het grootst. Juist vanwege de laagdrempeligheid van een serious game is het bij uitstek een middel om mensen te helpen complexe informatie te begrijpen. Hoe meer je speelt, hoe beter je het begrijpt. En het begrijpen van een onderwerp is een belangrijke voorwaarde om mee te kunnen denken, praten en besluiten over een onderwerp. Een belangrijke reden om dit soort spellen extra serieus te nemen. Bovendien biedt een spel de mogelijkheid om gelijkwaardig met elkaar in gesprek te gaan. Verschillen in sociaaleconomische status zijn eigenlijk niet van belang. Sterker nog, spellen bieden juist gelegenheid om in elkaars schoenen te staan. Het helpt om elkaars perspectieven te begrijpen, of je nu bij de gemeente werkt, bij een netbeheerder, een woningcorporatie, of je huurder bent of woningeigenaar. Zo zijn er nog wel meer voordelen te benoemen. Voordelen die ook kunnen gelden voor andere transities dan de energietransitie.

Kansen
In de praktijk lijken we deze voordelen niet voldoende te benutten. Serious gaming voor de energietransitie is weliswaar op verschillende plekken ontwikkeld, maar in beperkte mate, en niet structureel toegepast. Daar komt bij dat we er ook weinig van weten. Welke spelmechanismes werken en welke niet? Wanneer zet je zo’n spel het beste in? Bij het ophalen van ideeën, de daadwerkelijke besluitvorming, of ook in de evaluatie? Zijn er eigenlijk ook risico’s? Zijn er redenen om serious gaming absoluut niet te willen gebruiken in het energieneutraal maken van wijken?

En dan nu de vraag aan jou!
Om de zoektocht kracht bij te zetten vraag ik namens Amsterdam Smart City onze community om hulp. Hoe kijk jij aan tegen serious gaming als middel om te werken aan transitieopgaven? Zie je de toegevoegde waarde van zo’n game voor buurtparticipatie? En van welke voorbeelden zouden we moeten leren – of wellicht als netwerk moeten door ontwikkelen?

We zijn benieuwd naar je ervaringen! Laat je reactie achter in de comments!

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Herman van den Bosch, professor in management development , posted

e-Estonia: A great example of e-government

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e-Estonia is currently the most ambitious project in technology-assisted policymaking in the world. It includes anybody involved with government and it has changed the daily life of citizens. Almost all public services are involved: Legislation, voting, education, justice, health care, banking, taxes, and police. These are digitally linked to each other via one platform. Only for marriages, divorces and real-estate transactions, a visit to the town hall is mandatory.

The country’s ICT-infrastructure has been developed by government, along with a few Estonian companies. The state has been the driving force behind this project and has attracted the best specialists of the country. Below, I mention some of the features of the project.

Infrastructure

Estonia has developed an ICT-infrastructure – the Government Cloud - that all government agencies and most companies use. This makes possible almost perfect interoperability in accordance with the highest level of IT Security Standards (ISKE).
To be protected against external cyberattacks, such as in 2007, there is a full back-up. This is in a datacenter in Luxemburg, which has an internationally accepted status as ‘embassy’.  It works under Estonian state control and can take over the most critical services seamlessly.

Data protection

Data is not stored centrally. Instead, the government data platform, X-Road, connects individual servers via end-to-end encrypted pathways. In the Estonian system any individual owns all information that is recorded about him or herand any use that is made of it is recorded.
This video explains how X-road works.

 The backbone of Estonia’s digital security is a blockchain technology called KSI. It is designed in Estonia and applied worldwide today.  It guarantees complete privacy and excludes anyone from manipulating the data. KSI blockchain technology documents all actions in the system and protects information without access to the information itself.
The technology has been developed together with Guardtime, a company founded in 2007 in Estonia, that has exporting the system globally and therefore has offices around the world.

The Dutch Judicial Information Service (Justitiële Informatiedienst) has chosen Guardtime’s KSI Blockchain technology for integrity assurance of new e-services. The blockchain integration ensures transparency, verifiability and security of the information that is processed in government systems.

Voting

Whereas most technology advanced countries still let people vote with pen and paper or use primitive voting machines, from 2007 Estonia applies e-voting for parliament election and elections at municipal level.
With e-Voting, voters can cast their vote from any computer with an internet connection anywhere in the world: During a designated period, voters log in to the system with an ID-card or Mobile-ID, and cast a ballot. To ensure anonymity, the voter’s identity is removed from the ballot before it reaches the National Electoral Commission, which counts the votes. Every system of remote voting, including traditional ballot papers sent by post, risks buying or enforcing someone’s vote. Estonia’s solution is the possibility to change his or her vote later with only the last vote counting.

Streamlining decision-making

Governmental bodies at all levels use a paperless information system – e-cabinet – that has streamlined decision making and reduced the time spent on meetings with 80%. Well before the start of a meeting, participants view the agenda items and determine their opinion. If they have objections or want to discuss the subject, they click on a box. The opinions of all participants are therefore known in advance. If there are no objections, decisions are taken without debate.
This video below demonstrates the operation of e-cabinet.

Residency program

Like many other European states, the population of Estonia is shrinking. Increasing the number of babies is complicated, so a digital residency program was launched in 2014, in style with the Estonian e-government project. Any foreigner can become Estonian resident without ever visiting the country and can participate in Estonian services, such as banking. Estonia has liberal rules for technological research and the lowest corporate tax rates in the European Union.
About 28.000 people have applied for an e-residency, including many owners of small businesses from the United Kingdom who want to be based in the EU.

The footing of e-Estonia is – according to the government – to facilitate and improve the life of citizens and to make the government more efficient. This goal certainly has been achieved. The total amount of savings is calculated at 2% of GNP.

Technology can play a role in improving the quality of the formal organization, decision making, the provision of services and the relationship with all stakeholders. In this context, concepts such as e-government (digital government) and e-governance are often used. Estonia offers a great example of e-government. For e-governance - the mutual communication between municipal authorities and citizens using digital tools - we better take Spain as an example, as I will explain in a next post.

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.

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Waag @ Ars Electronica Festival 2021

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How do we deal with digital technology? Ars Electronica 2021 is looking for answers. The festival for art, technology and society offers hundreds of online sessions on September 8-12, consisting of talks, workshops, conferences, exhibitions, concerts and tours.

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Since its first edition in 1979, the Ars Electronica Festival has been held in Linz, Austria. This year is a hybrid edition for the second time in its history. Ars Electronica can be visited both on site in Linz and remotely in the 'gardens', consisting of over 120 locations worldwide.

Amsterdam is one of the gardens, from which Waag participates in Ars Electronica 2021 as an organizer of several events. Find the overview on the website.

What is it about?

This year's topic has arisen from the rapid digital transformation of recent decades, making the digital world an ever-expanding part of our social habitat. But, there are issues to be dealt with. How can we 'fix' the digital world, get to grips with our problems, and what will it take to restore the balance?

For whom?

  • Artists
  • Tech developers
  • Researchers
  • Media art lovers
  • Anyone interested
Online event from Sep 8th to Sep 12th
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Maak een deepfake

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Wat zijn deepfakevideo's? Hoe kun je zien of een filmpje echt is? En hoe ziet de toekomst eruit als je aan alles moet twijfelen? In deze workshop ontdek je hoe fake news tot stand komt en maak je een deepfakevideo van jezelf, je partner of je vrienden. Als afsluiting spelen we de quiz: wie herkent de meeste deepfakes?

NEMO Science Museum's picture Masterclass / workshop on Sep 9th