Urbact Civic eState and the Amsterdam Whole Commons Catalog

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In the Urbact Civic eState project Amsterdam works together with several European cities to locally adopt progressive policies on the urban commons. As a first step the Amsterdam Foundation Onschatbare Waarde ('invaluable value’), together with Amsterdam commons initiatives, made the beautiful catalog Heel de Stad, Heel de Aarde (the whole city, the whole earth) during the past 6 months. A guide with all kinds of tips and tools, ideas and projects, people and books for everyone who is or wants to work collectively.

Heel de Stad, Heel de Aarde is inspired by the Whole Earth Catalog. Like in the original Whole Earth Catalog, experts and doers share reviews of all kinds of books and practices. The Catalog - in short - shows the positive and practical ways in which we can shape the future and shows that we not only have to look at the government or the market, but also start ourselves: in commons!

The Catalog is available online in Dutch via http://heeldeaarde.net - and you can also request one hard copy (with poster). And via https://wijamsterdam.nl/verhalen/lege-supermarkt-ga-naar-het-voedselbos you will find an interview with Natascha, the editor in chief, and a short introduction video about the commons in Amsterdam.

<http://heeldeaarde.net/> and <https://urbact.eu/civic-estate>


Heel de aarde, heel de stad

Whole Commons Catalog

Gemeente Amsterdam Vimeo](https://vimeo.com/434468746)

What is the goal of the project?

Commons and commoning: what are the urban commons, what are examples in Amsterdam?

What is the result of the project?

The aim of Urbact Civic eState is to value and enable the urban commons by looking at progressive policies in cities like Naples, Barcelona, Madrid. Made by local artists and commoners the aim of the Catalog is to showcase ideas and projects, thinkers and doers, practices and tools.

Who initiated the project and which organizations are involved?

Stichting Onschatbare Waarde initiated the Catalog and many Amsterdam initiatives participated in it: by sharing and editing articles and reviews, tools and insights.

What is the next step?

Researching more commons/ domains: from energy and food to data and mobility?

What can other cities learn from your project?

The Amsterdam Whole Commons Catalog, made by local artists and commoners, is a first step to enable, visualise and value our local urban commons.