In June we kicked off a new phase of Amsterdam Smart City. More partners than ever are pooling their networks, knowledge and skills. Who are they? We will present some of them one by one. Kennisland: 'Experimenting with new interventions and solutions for the city by tackling urban problems.'
What is the main reason for you to join the open collective Amsterdam Smart City?
The Amsterdam Smart City collective forms a strong power to tackle complex urban and regional issues. Kennisland joined the collective to help make sure that the transitions taking shape in the fields of mobility, digitisation and energy are fair, inclusive and transparent.
What is your ambition for the city and the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area?
Kennisland is working to create an inclusive city and to investigate new ways of involving all the experience and creativity present in the city and beyond.
What do you think is the biggest challenge for the city and the region in the future?
In recent years, many government responsibilities have been moved from the national to the local level. This means that municipalities have new tasks, and that a great deal of policy is now developed and implemented in an urban context and therefore closer to (and preferably in interaction with) citizens. We have observed that many municipalities are struggling with this – how should these duties be realised in practice, and how can citizens be involved in this process?
How do you see the role of the residents and citizens in your plans?
Kennisland is experimenting with new interventions and solutions for the city by understanding and tackling urban problems at the local level, based on the stories and experiences of those directly involved. As such, the stories and needs of all city residents play a key role in our work. Everyone can and must contribute to the discussion and work together to ensure that the city remains a place for everyone in the future.
What do you hope to work on in the upcoming years?
We hope to work on alternative ways of organising the city. We ask ourselves which type of governance will produce a city that is open, inclusive and successful. Which role can governments, citizens, community initiatives and businesses play in this? How can we ensure that all residents benefit from the wealth of opportunities offered in the city?