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AMSTERDAM DONUT COALITIE COMMUNITY GET-TOGETHER

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Wil je eindelijk tot actie komen, de community van de Amsterdam Donut Coalitie leren kennen, verbindingen leggen, je eigen projecten delen of bij een bestaand donut economie project aansluiten? Schrijf je dan gratis in voor ons community event: donderdag 10 december vanaf 16.00 - 17.30 uur. Meld je aan via dit formulier. Een week van tevoren ontvang je een bevestiging met de link naar het online evenement. Samen naar een regio Amsterdam die iedereen een eerlijke sociale basis biedt, binnen veilige ecologische grenzen!

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Tobias Peereboom, Agile Coach, Kanban & Scrum Master. , posted

Start inhaarlemmermeer.nl

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Lokaal Community Platform voor bewoners, bedrijven en bezoekers van Haarlemmermeer. (Amsterdam Metropolitan Area)

Sinds 1995 zijn wij inwoners in de gemeente Haarlemmermeer. In de afgelopen 25 jaar is er veel veranderd binnen de gemeente. Soms als antwoord op, maar vaker vooruitlopend op de ontwikkelingen. De gemeente groeit. Mensen willen er wonen, werken en studeren, maar ook meer bedrijven vestigen zich hier in het hart van de economie.

Daarnaast vertegenwoordigen toeristen en evenementen in de regio elk jaar een aanzienlijk aantal  bezoekers.

We denken na over het juiste evenwicht tussen leefbaarheid en welvaart.

  • Over duurzaamheid en sociale verantwoordelijkheid. 
  • Over lusten verhogen en lasten verminderen. 
  • Over een integrale aanpak die zowel bewoners centraal zet, als bezoekers gastvrij ontvangt. 
  • Onze focus ligt op beter en niet op meer. 
  • Op kwaliteit en niet op kwantiteit.

We dragen actief bij aan een leefbare, aantrekkelijke en welvarende gemeente waar de economische ontwikkeling niet ten koste gaat van de leefbaarheid.

We werken intensief aan het verbeteren van de reputatie van Haarlemmermeer.

Wij willen met dit Community Platform bewoners verbinden zowel jong als oud. Ideeën transparant maken en een ieder hierbij betrekken. Elke leeftijdsgroep moet hiervoor in aanmerking kunnen komen. Door het initiëren van dit platform hopen wij bewoners een kans te geven door zijn/haar ideeën te ventileren en eventueel te implementeren, zodat wij allen als bewoners van Haarlemmermeer hiervan gebruik kunnen maken. Door het zichtbaar maken van de mogelijkheden en behoeften kunnen we de band als bewoners versterken en hierdoor een veilige, sfeervolle leefomgeving creëren.

Wij zijn dit community platform gestart vanuit onze eigen ideologie. Het geloof om een community te starten waar mensen elkaar kunnen helpen en bereiken. Waar wensen werkelijkheid kunnen worden als we gezamenlijk onze krachten bundelen. Laten we starten met de bewoner die bepaalt wat er noodzakelijk is en de gemeente kan informeren over de benodigdheden.

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Francien Huizing, Program and Communication Manager at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

Wicked Problems

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Te wicked? Niet voor ons.

Wij werken allemaal aan urgente, complexe, maatschappelijke uitdagingen. Issues die schier onoplosbaar lijken, van dilemma’s en paradoxen omgeven, nog niet duidelijk hoe het moet. Wel is duidelijk dát het moet, dat we elkaar nodig
hebben en dat we er NU aan moeten beginnen. Om met de woorden van Jan Rotmans te spreken; we leven niet in een tijdperk van verandering maar in een verandering van tijdperk. En hier hoort een nieuwe gereedschapskist bij.

En of je nou aan energietransitie werkt, andere mobiliteitssystemen, creëren van waterstofhubs, peer to peer autodeelsystemen, het maakt niet uit, we zien dat al deze opgaven op enig moment tegen gelijksoortige barrières aanlopen. Op samenwerking, financiering, privacy, onvoldoende aansluiting op de maatschappij, om maar een paar voorbeelden te noemen.

Unieke samenwerking
Als Amsterdam Smart City netwerk willen en kunnen we deze opgaven niet laten liggen. Door het bundelen van onze kennis en expertise kunnen we als netwerk iets unieks bieden en de wil en durf tonen om deze barrières te doorbreken. De betrokken partners die dit uitdenken en begeleiden zijn RHDHV, Kennisland, Drift, NEMO, Arcadis, Alliander, HvA en Metabolic. Zij bundelen hun expertise en ervaring om de echte vragen boven tafel te krijgen, tot nieuwe manieren van samenwerken te komen en barrières te doorbreken. We richten ons met name op de start van de samenwerking. Gezamenlijk ontwikkelen we een ‘wicked problem aanpak’. Op een nieuwe manier, lerend door te doen, exploratief.

Waar moet je aan denken?
Wat is eigenlijk het echte probleem? Wiens probleem is dit? Hoe kijken anderen er tegenaan? Welke andere partijen lijken nodig? Hoe vind je ze? Hoe ga je om met eigenaarschap en botsende frames? Hoe zorg je dat je al in
een vroeg stadium de maatschappij (bewoners, ondernemers, werknemers, etc) betrekt en hun ervaringen in het project trekt? Het wicked problem team zet nieuwe methoden in voor het beantwoorden van deze vragen. En het creëren van de benodigde commitment om het vraagstuk aan te pakken. Niets staat van te voren vast, want we passen ons aan aan wat we tegenkomen. Met elkaar ontwikkelen we een nieuwe aanpak om de barrières te doorbreken.

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Khalid Dadah, posted

Looking for partners for a new creative and art start-up

I am developing a new creative startup with a new business model in the creative and art industry.

I am looking for partners who want to contribute to the development and further elaboration of the project.

I believe that this project can develop into a new leading product
and business that creates new opportunities with a new business model in
the creative and art world.

Here the link to my pitch, which is in Dutch.

PITCH LINK: https://1drv.ms/b/s!AowlSqkg7R-Eq3TYE_Z2AfqbFWKj?e=FsoXCB

If you have any further questions, or if you want to be part of something unique, let me know at k.dadah@outlook.com

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Trina Ogilvie, CEO & Founder , posted

Digital Twins

Interested in implementation of data privacy in digital twins. Contact me for projects in health & citizen data.

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Harmen van Sprang, co-founder , posted

Roundtable 'Sharing Cities: Shaping Tomorrow' (free)

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We need to see opportunities (including the growing momentum for building back better and accelerating transformation processes) as much as thinking of challenges. This roundtable aims to provide a creative and refreshing opportunity to focus on chances more than only challenges. We will explore how to think of opportunities, of ways forward, of hope and ambition. We want to also investigate how sharing cities are connecting and merging with different agendas and topics in Europe and around the world.

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Mateusz Jarosiewicz, Founder at Smart Cities Polska, posted

TALENT DISCOVERY IN THE AGE OF SMART CITIES

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At a time of accelerated growth and ubiquity, connectivity technologies like AI and quantum computing allow us to find ourselves anywhere quickly. The most important question to ask is therefore where exactly do we want to be.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eihAOW6CR8
Some platforms know exactly what series you would like to watch today based on your previous preferences and when to display you an advertisement for a baby chair before you even know that you need one. Imagine that a city knows for you and in real-time who is worth meeting so that you can develop as an expert, and which team needs your key competencies so that you can be hired immediately.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNNF4iw44r8
As we are more conscious of ourselves and our goals, the world is responding to our actions with more synchronicity. It is one basic and very old knowledge based on the concept of the subconscious and selective perception. What’s more, psychology elaborates that the main factor of satisfaction with a certain situation is the set of relationships with the environment and people that suit us best.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeg18Ej9sro
For one good relation set will be a quiet desk and a world of numbers and tables, for the other it will be an energetic communication with others towards an ambitious aim of changing the world. In separated ontologies, those types can be described and classified differently. We are diverse in so many many ways that there is no perfect system that would describe precisely what makes us unique. Nevertheless, some systems are pretty well adjusted, enough to make them a part of our language or part of smart city competencies’ platform, and even to use them to help navigate citizens through activities and events.

In my dream, cities of the future help us adapt the outside world to our deep needs. The main component of a smart city is not a network of external sensors, but a deep radar of our internal needs which looks deep into our psyche and soul. Doesn’t that fit the slogan of the technocratic city?

In our living lab in Wroclaw, we worked with young people on solutions to help them with the new labor market. We tested there the latest achievements of psychology and a new approach to motivation and interpersonal development of young students.

We used our imagination to create a city-wide game that was about defeating the mythical anti-creator by working together to develop creative skills. During the one year process we tried to answer many questions: How to apply the national qualifications framework in an accessible form? Who will be good programmers? Who will never become one? How to change thinking about the city and its role? How to recognize talents at an early stage? How can we build qualities such as leadership, commitment, and entrepreneurship?

Cities need to take immediate action towards mapping and supporting digital and future-proof competencies and approaches.

On the one hand, we helped students get to know each other better, and on the other, internalized with a multilevel transformation of the external world. We used to work on paintings, create our own icons, debate with experts. We also required communication of our own interpersonal discoveries. We created personal websites, business cards, and team presentations. It helps us (and the platform) to understand each one's unique feature and potential roles.

The final stage was to create a small project as a team for one of the local companies or an NGO. Communication with a peer group was just as important as the flow of information with the career adviser and mentors platform. We set up the framework of internal game paths of development and individual competencies.

In the future, artificial intelligence can also be an important player in the ecosystem, so we need to communicate our needs and intentions understandable for its language so that it can help in suggesting the path to achieving our personal goals. We discover that badges and icons can be a great tool to build a common language between different actors. The results of the project evaluation gave outstanding results. Over 60% of people felt closer to the group, which is a good help in the circumstances of growing alienation in the digital and mobile world. Most participants realized their own needs and dreams and made the first step to fulfill them. At the end we replicated and simulated talks with future employer HR, to give a chance to newly acquired competences Our model has been recommended for implementation across the country. However, I feel that hardly anyone in the technology sector understands the importance of soft technologies in the ecosystem of an intelligent country and city.

Even if it is underlined in the newest digital strategies for the EU there is no solution to support mass talent evaluation and constant mapping process. The core element of the Smart Cities Polska vision and strategy is to build smart cities on social capital and supporting it by delivering digital tools for competencies diagnosis and places for meetings and collaboration.

The next stage of our journey will be to conduct an experiment with our living lab on a larger scale and improve the technologies behind the group management and development processes of joint projects. Our new team members will be experts in artificial intelligence, bots, and e-learning platforms. We also want to start international cooperation, hence the translation of our working method into Russian and English.

What I have learned about myself during the project:

The test confirms that I am a participant characteristically (Factor S’) so I want to participate in culture and values, and a technician personality (Factor V’) so I want to gain the know-how to act efficiently. Temperamentally, I am averse to the group (Factor -O) and matter (Factor M) so I act as an independent analyst.

Does my current work fulfill my personal relationship needs?

The role of the coordinator of teams dealing with the development of systems for cities is in line with my social and technical needs. I work on both theoretical models and on occasionally while networking with people. In a living lab environment, I can work with young people so I can meet and recognize my participation needs.

This is a good predictor of satisfaction and harmonic career. Everyone is different, and we need to know how to team up in new teams in a very fast manner by using one language and methodology linked with AI This self-knowledge is enough to precisely match potential roles in the ecosystem and team behavior.

Using the latest methods, it takes less than 15 minutes to see myself structure with great precision. It is easier than quantitative tests based on questions like popular methodology DISC or MBTI, although the results are correlated.

If you would like to improve your city with talent discovery and competencies mapping tool please ask me how we can cooperate: mateusz.jarosiewicz@smartcitiespolska.org

Previously appeared on: https://scgn.smartdubai.ae/social/2020/09/03/mateusz-c0324d40-a052-4503-a113-dfbb12ce3212

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Mathieu Dasnois, Communications Manager at Metabolic, posted

We will re-imagine the economy and escape the 9-5 grind.

"We need fundamental economic reform"

Our founder and CEO Eva Gladek joined Pakhuis de Zwijger together with Raise Green's co-founder Matthew Moroney to discuss what a post-COVID-19-future could look like.

Follow the link to watch the video!

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

Masterclass Societal Transitions | 26 - 30 October 2020 & 22 January 2021

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Are you working on societal change and do you want to boost your knowledge and strategies for transformative impact? Join us for the fifth edition of Societal Transitions: a 6-day masterclass in transition governance and transformative entrepreneurship that inspires you to drive systemic change from within and beyond your organisation (http://bit.ly/MCSOTRA\_2020).

A NEW PERSPECTIVE
Step back from your daily routines to connect with other motivated change agents and gain a new perspective on your mission and role as a change leader.
The Masterclass Societal Transitions, designed by Impact Hub Amsterdam and DRIFT’s Transition Academy, combines the latest scientific research on sustainability transitions, social innovation and entrepreneurship with pragmatic insights and experiences from transition management and entrepreneurial practice. Special attention is paid to issues of power relations and processes of empowerment, including the paradoxes and dilemmas underlying change. Our speakers and facilitators are action researchers, entrepreneurs and changemakers who are specialised in understanding and accelerating transformative change in diverse fields of work, including climate change, energy, agro-food, inclusiveness & participation, sustainable urbanism and circular economy.

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
Over the course of five thematic modules, spread over five days and one evening, you will:
• Apply system thinking
• Analyze transition dynamics in your field
• Identify relevant actors and power relations
• Recognise societal trends and movements
• Design a transition intervention
• Construct your own transition strategy

WHOM IS THIS FOR?
• Sustainability professionals
• Decision-makers
• Impact entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs
• Researchers
• Policymakers
• Civil servants

The Masterclass is designed for a diverse combination of policy & decision-makers, sustainability professionals, network leaders, researchers and other changemakers. You represent a variety of fields, ranging from energy, food and circular economy, to inclusivity, participation, health and education, and/or holistic perspectives on sustainable and just cities and regions. You share a strong commitment to being in a learning trajectory that combines intellectual input with active participation and learning from and with each other.

TIME SCHEDULE MASTERCLASS
• Day 1 – Monday 26th of October 2020 – 09:00-17:00
• Day 2 + evening – Tuesday 27th of October 2020 – 09:30-21:00
• Day 3 – Wednesday 28th of October 2020 – 09:00-17:00
• Day 4 – Thursday 29th of October 2020
• Day 5 – Friday 30th of October 2020 – 09:00-16:00
• Day 6 – Friday 22nd of January 2021 – 09:00-17:30

REGISTRATION
Registration proceeds via our online registration form (https://bit.ly/3gdoq4M).

PRICE
The course fees for the 2020 edition of Societal Transitions are:
€ 3995,- for corporate / government / public sector*
€ 3241,- for NGO’s / small organisations / freelancers / individuals*

Early Bird fees (valid when you apply before 22 July 2020):
€ 3395,- for corporate / government / public sector*
€ 2755,- for NGO’s / small organisations / freelancers / individuals*

The course price includes full participation, lunches, drinks and one dinner. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be granted a certificate from DRIFT Transition Academy, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

*All prices listed are exclusive of 21% VAT

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Herman van den Bosch, Curator at Amsterdam Smart City; professor in management education , posted

The new commons: Empowering citizens

In a time that empowering citizens is hot, you might consider reading the seminal book of Elinor Ostrom, Governing the Commons. No time? My newest post is informative too and offers many examples of urban commons. Did you know that the commons movement in Italian cities is thriving and that Bologna is experimenting with new forms of urban government, the city as a common?

Lees de al eerder gepubliceerde Nederlandse versie hier: https://wp.me/p32hqY-1T0

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Harmen van Sprang, co-founder , posted

RE:SHAPING CITIES | LIVE WEBINAR | WORK & THE CITY

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The world of work is rapidly changing. While automation and innovation were already disrupting our jobs, the current pandemic is accelerating this drastic development. New dilemmas arise. To what extent will people still convene in person? Will this be the end of “office centricity”? Will this lead to a decline of “city centricity”, too? How will these changes affect our work-life balance? How much office space do we actually need in a (post) pandemic era? How will urban business environments adapt? And should we bracing ourselves for widespread job losses or will we rise again and find new ways towards resilience? Although there are challenges, we will use this webinar to explore opportunities and come up with insights and ideas together to be able to embrace the current state of flux and fix the post-pandemic future of work.

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Amsterdam Economic Board, posted

Ondernemers geven samen vorm aan 1,5-meter-economie

Ruim 120 ‘corona-proof’ initiatieven in de Ondernemerspitch

‘Find Space’, ‘OrderMe’ en ‘De Groene Lobby’ hebben de drie beste initiatieven voor een 1,5-meter samenleving. Na een selectie uit ruim 120 ingezonden ‘corona-proof’-initiatieven van ondernemers uit de Metropool Amsterdam, hebben tien ondernemers in pitches van twee minuten hun idee toegelicht om de 1,5 meter-economie van Amsterdam mede vorm te geven.

Lees verder: https://amsterdameconomicboard.com/nieuws/ondernemers-amsterdamse-metropoolregio-geven-samen-vorm-aan-15-meter-economie

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Tom van Arman, Director & Founder , posted

1.5 meters is the new unit for smart city designers.

As Covid-19 continues to wreak havoc on public health and local economies around the world, one over-looked Corona casualty has been our collective space. Here in densely populated Amsterdam we are slowly, carefully, cautiously transitioning into a new urban landscape. As a smart city architect and designer, I wanted to start exploring this new 1.5 meter unit on the Marineterrein, Amsterdam’s inner-city testbed for future living environments. Using a computer fan, dental mirror, lego, and yes - a Laser pointer, I set out with my son to visualize what social distancing means on footbridges, fitness gardens, picnic tables, park benches, stairs, swimming docks and familiar Amsterdam furniture. Watch the video and learn how to build your own at https://www.tapp.nl/blog/mapping-social-distance-in-an-inner-city-testbed

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Lauren Macpherson, Head of Growth at Eli5, posted

Sign up for the beta launch of our reading platform - and upvote on Product Hunt!

We're on a mission to create the best online reading experience ever - and would really appreciate an upvote on Product Hunt if you have time today - https://www.producthunt.com/posts/juno-read-better

If you like swapping articles with colleagues, friends and other groups, but are tired of a) lots of links in lots of different places and b) not knowing exactly which bit they want to highlight - then this one is for you. A way to share articles cross-platform, in one place, with highlights and comments.

You can also sign up to receive beta access when we launch.

Let us know what you think!

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sanne smeets, Marketing Communications , posted

Transforming hotels into flexible workspaces

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D/DOCK launches MEOW - My Extraordinary Workspace. We are convinced that a true revolution in hotel industry can only be successful by close collaboration. Therefore, together with 10 launching hotels, we started MEOW. MEOW is an app that enables professionals to book the most extraordinary hotels as their unique place to work.

interested in participating as hotel? https://meow.space/
interested as a user? https://meow.space/

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Anne-Ro Klevant Groen, Marketing and Communications director at Fashion for Good Experience, posted

Live Q&A for Earth Day - Youth Led Innovation

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Fashion for Good, We the Planet and Helsinki Fashion Week are coming together virtually to host a live Q&A for Earth Day.

About this Event
We'll be answering all your questions on how to take tangible action and make an impact - taking a deeper look at innovative solutions emerging in the fashion industry as a way to reimagine new ways of doing things. We'd like to make this session as interactive as possible so that you are left with relevant and actionable tips to apply in your own life, so please submit a question when you register!

Q&A Panel

Brittany Burns - Fashion for Good

Brittany is the Director of Strategy and Development at Fashion For Good. Founded in 2017 in Amsterdam, Fashion for Good is a platform for sustainable fashion innovation working to bring together the entire ecosystem to make fashion a force for good. She is responsible for global expansion, scaling operations, and developing partnerships across the innovation platform.

Joseph Wilkanowski - We the Planet

Joseph is a high school senior and one of the core coordinators of We The Planet, a Youth Led Movement partnering with media outlets like Vice, Refinery 29 and ID to challenge all of us to reimagine a better approach to people, planet and prosperity. For Earth Day, We the Planet are calling for a Day of Action, encouraging everyone to post a video on social media detailing one systemic and one individual action to commit to for the year.

Evelyn Mora - Helsinki Fashion Week

Evelyn is a 28-year old Finnish entrepreneur, strategist and sustainability consultant. She is also the founder of the world’s first recognized sustainable fashion week HFW and Global Waste Matchmaking Digital Marketplace, Wasted International.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/live-qa-for-earth-day-youth-led-innovation-tickets-102903158116

Image credit: Nicole Zisman

Online event on Apr 22nd
Anne-Ro Klevant Groen, Marketing and Communications director at Fashion for Good Experience, posted

(Webinar) Meet the Innovators - Fashion for Good

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Join us to learn more about the start-ups at the cutting edge of sustainable fashion innovation - 'Meet the Innovators' is back. We normally host this event in our headquarters in Amsterdam to give our local community the chance to meet and learn from the start-ups in our latest Accelerator Programme. Due to COVID-19 we're opening it up to our international community and are running it digitally for the first time.

Fashion for Good's Director of Strategy, Brittany Burns, will host this session, starting with a brief intro about how we work alongside these innovators through our Innovation Platform, before each innovator shares the disruptive solution they are working on – with an opportunity for you to ask plenty of questions to make the most of the session.

Innovators Pitching:

Full Cycle Bioplastics - Ross Polk, Head of Growth
Full Cycle’s patented technology converts waste streams such as inedible food waste, agricultural by-products and used paper/cardboard into Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) bioplastics that degrade in the soil and the ocean.

Oritain - Ben Tomkins, Business Development
Oritain provides a traceability innovation with science that originates from the criminal forensic field, using selected stable isotopes to identify a product region. They provide a unique and fast process with highly reliable, accurate results.

Dryfiber - Cam Chidiac, CEO
Dryfiber provides a fluorine-free durable water and oil repellent textile finish which is completely water-bourne and can be applied through traditional finishing processes.

Space is limited to the first 500 registrations, on a first in first served basis. Please note that this is the first of a series of Meet the Innovator events that will take place this year, each time featuring different innovators - watch this space for date announcements for the next event.

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/3815864269774/WN_oQEXByBBS2ujMyfO7cy21Q?fbclid=IwAR2SicJjfW4uYHW_V0_L-Vx07BzRt3vWUKSdBcSBehaxTS9ki-KANI-zHCU

Online event on Apr 20th
Teska Drosten, Communicator at Waag, posted

Maker initiatives during the corona crisis

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While experts point out that the coronavirus is likely to spread through the air, healthcare workers are currently walking around with surgical masks unable to filter airborne virus particles. With a snorkel mask attached to a certified filter, you may be fully protected.

That is reason for Pieter van Boheemen to take action. He wants to collect masks and calls on makers to help with the further design, validation and production of parts needed to connect the masks to certified P3 filters of various brands.

During the online meetup next Wednesday, April 8 at 8:00 PM, we will exchange knowledge with students, makers, medical technologists, producers and healthcare professionals who are working on the development of spacers with which Decathlon Easybreath snorkel masks, in combination with filters, can be used as a protective mask for doctors and nurses. The masks seem very suitable for that. Pending the results of a technical validation by TNO, among others, there is already a lot of experimentation with the possibilities.

Start: 20:00

Location: Zoom (link follows after registration)Participation is free of charge.

Register here!

Goal of the meetup

• First inventory of questions and answers about the design and use of the masks, connecting pieces and filters;

• Determine a strategy to collect, check, disinfect and distribute as many Decathlon Easybreath snorkel masks as possible;

• Strategies to set up a (decentralized) production chain for the production of spacers (a network of industry / makers / maker spaces);

• Strategies to accelerate validation and include the use of Easybreath masks in the RIVM / OMT advice.

Background information

RIVM (Dutch Agency for Health Care & Environment) still assumes that the coronavirus is not spread through aerosols that can arise during coughing and sneezing. A few days ago, the American MIT actually reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association that this is the case. Nature (Magazine) also argues that we have to err on the side of caution. For Pieter van Boheemen, who has the lead in this online meetup, the uncertainty is the reason for going for maximum protection. To make that possible, we need to provide a proven safe alternative to the FFP masks that are in great shortage. This alternative must be scalable to use in all healthcare institutions in the Netherlands. The snorkel masks and filters may offer this solution.

Pieter bases himself on the work of Stanford's Prakash Lab, an organization for curiosity-driven research. They work with scientists from the Swiss EPFL, the 3D printing firm FormLabs and anaesthetists from the Utah School of Medicine plus a colorful group of enthusiasts from all over the world. They keep track of their progress in a Google doc. Snorkel masks are also used for ventilation in Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, the Czech Republic and many more countries.

Similar initiatives have also started in the Netherlands: the Covid Lifesaver Mask, for example. The following article in the FD of 2 April shows that people are waiting on TNO for the results of a technical validation.

The difference between the Dutch and American initiative lies further in the filter. The COVID Life Saver Mask initiative uses HME filters (which are now used, for example, to connect tubing from respirators to a patient). Damen has also joined the initiative and may be able to supply thousands of Air-Wave filters. In these exceptional times, however, there is a shortage of everything. When you think of the thousands of people who work in healthcare, you understand that we need to look at more than just these Damen units and the HME filters. Prakash assumes a wider range of filters, including those of gas masks and dust masks (according to the P3 filter standard). The advantage of the P3 filters is that they last much longer than HME filters, which need to be replaced every 24 hours. The annoying thing is that every brand of P3 filter has a different connection. Pieter now designs and prints coupling pieces that he tests with filters from the brands 3M, Drager, Honeywell, Climax and Spasciani.

There are still many questions that creators and others can help. For example, we are looking for stocks of filters and parties that can validate the connections. There are also many practical questions about the wearing comfort of the masks, how well they can be sterilized and how the connectors and the filters can be reused.

Pending the validation and finding the answers to the questions above, we can already start collecting the correct masks. This mainly concerns the Decathlon Easybreath snorkel masks. After the meetup we will let you know how we are going to organize this.

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Anne-Ro Klevant Groen, Marketing and Communications director at Fashion for Good Experience, posted

A Bed Collection - Behind the Scenes

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Join us on March 5th to meet Luca Kemkes, the designer behind our latest exhibition 'A Bed Collection'.

The exhibition is a showcase of streetwear pieces made entirely out of repurposed bedding. Kemkes will introduce the collection, providing some insights into her design process, and her challenge to the streetwear industry in particular to look past trends and think outside the box with materials and construction.

Having worked previously as a menswear designer at Calvin Klein, Kemkes' own streetwear collection makes use of bedding sourced from secondhand shops and online marketplaces. The design process is led by the variety of textures and details in each piece of material – showcasing intricate pattern making and patchwork techniques in creating a unique garment from every bit of fabric.

"Sometimes people see sustainability as difficult. But with this collection I want to show how to use sustainable ways of creating fashion to make truly unique and more beautiful items than are possible in conventional ways."

Your ticket price is a donation that goes towards the Fashion for Good Experience, helping to bring these kinds of events to life!

Event on Mar 5th
Anne-Ro Klevant Groen, Marketing and Communications director at Fashion for Good Experience, posted

A Bed Collection - Exhibit

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"Sometimes people see sustainability as difficult. But with this collection I want to show how to use sustainable ways of creating fashion to make truly unique and more beautiful items than are possible in conventional ways." - Luca Kemkes
From the 29th of Feb til the 12th of March we have a new exhibition on display at Fashion for Good - a showcase of streetwear pieces from Luca Kemkes' 'A Bed Collection' - made entirely out of repurposed bedding.
Having worked previously as a menswear designer at Calvin Klein, Kemkes' own streetwear collection makes use of bedding sourced from secondhand shops and online marketplaces. The design process is led by the variety of textures and details in each piece of material – showcasing intricate pattern making and patchwork techniques in creating a unique garment from every bit of fabric.
We invite you to come and be inspired by how textile choices and garment construction can challenge the status quo of streetwear design.
The exhibition entry is free of charge, but cash donations are appreciated to support our museum!

Event on Feb 29th