Cities Can Lead The Dance

BY ANNA LISA BONI (SECRETARY GENERAL EUROCITIES)

EUROCITIES is the network of major European cities, with over 140 members across 39 countries, representing more than 130 million people.
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PEOPLE-CENTERED CITY DEVELOPMENT

BY MARY-ANN SCHREURS (VICE-MAYOR EINDHOVEN)

The future of Smart Society development lies in its functioning on a European scale. In order to overcome today’s challenges cities have to act together; otherwise Europe may lose control over its future that in turn may start being dictated by American companies and Chinese investors.

Europe has a tradition of creating economies that are compatible with the society’s expectations. This tradition is embedded in our culture: people want to have government systems that empower them to become who they want to be. To address today’s challenges it would a good idea for governments to create a level playing field where people-centred technologies are developed, bring these technologies together and make them compatible with society’s needs.
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At Designathon Works, we help to empower and unleash children’s creativity and to spread awareness about the importance of engaging children as co-designers of our shared futures.

Our flagship event: the Global Children’s Designathon, last took place on November 11th, 2017. During this event 600 children, aged 7 to 12 years, participated in 18 cities around the world, where they created solutions to this year’s big societal and environmental issue: WATER. Kiera and Florian co-facilitated the Amsterdam event.
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This Sunday I explored my hometown Amsterdam, on my motorbike. It turned out to be one of the sunniest Sunday’s this winter. I like to show you the beauty of the city and how visitors enjoy their Sunday afternoon around the center. I explored the Amstel River, The Magere Bridge, Rembrandtplein, Dam Square, Museum Square and more…

Enjoy this city-movie!

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At the moment the planet is running out of resources to feed its inhabitants, and within the next 20 years the world’s population will increase by 24% to a staggering 9.2 billion. How can the circular economy help to overcome this challenge?

The Earth is already not able to provide us with enough energy, materials, water and food. Scientific research shows that we have crossed our planetary boundaries and have crossed the red line. Now, the Earth can provide resources – in a sustainable manner – for the first 9 months of the population’s annual demand. Natural resources for the remaining 3 months are used up and ecological deficits are created rapidly.
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