Developing a platform for changeBy Amsterdam Economic Board
Organisation URL: amsterdameconomicboard.com
Amsterdam Smart City (ASC) launched in 2009 as a cross-sector drive to increase Amsterdam’s sustainability and radically reduce its carbon emissions.
Unlike other ‘smart cities’, ASC’s main focus, and tool, has been an open innovation web platform: specifically so that change can be collaborative and participatory, rather than imposed on citizens from above.
It was launched by a small group including the city’s Economic Board, but has quickly grown to 70 partners, coming from business, government and civil society. The group coordinates and directs these partners’ collaborative action: channels investment, tests products, services and approaches, most of them originating from SMEs, then encourages the scaling and replication of successful projects.
Schemes have included a platform for friends and neighbours to share cars, another to crowd-source policy ideas, a project to supply households with renewable, windmill, energy; and the city’s Department for Infrastructure, Traffic and Transport has started to publish all its data online: showing everything from live traffic updates and parking to cycle paths so citizens can make smarter transport choices.
The Amsterdam Smart City project is a key agent in Amsterdam’s goal to become one of the world’s most sustainable cities by 2040.
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Last updated: 04th of August, 2014