- During the Dutch Presidency of the EU Council, we launched the Build the City Manifesto, which then developed into the Build the City Magazine, in collaboration with a.o. Eurocities, our Connected Action for the Commons programme, CAE, and Pakhuis de Zwijger. This publication was widely disseminated, highlighting models of civic-public partnerships to inspire the Urban Agenda for the EU, launched in May 2016 where “the potential of civil society to co-create innovative solutions to urban challenges” has been integrated in the Pact of Amsterdam.
- In the framework of the Europe by People programme, we have worked with a wide range of partners in organising a series of events on democratic and cultural renewal in Europe from a citizen’s perspective, to raise awareness, reflection and practice exchange. Events included:
- the New Democracy series and the City Makers Summit at Pakhuis de Zwijger, with a.o. our Idea Camp R&D grantees and Connected Action for the Commons Hubs as speakers,
- the Public Space series - in cooperation with ARCAM and Pakhuis de Zwijger,
- a series of events on Art, Design and Society, with the Holland Festival, Boekman Stichting, and Kunsten’92
- In Search for Europe, a performance by Lucas de Man
- We have also hosted and partnered in high-level events such as the 2016 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture, which took place at the Stadsschouwburg in Amsterdam, the EFC conference, the Forum on European Culture: Re-Creating Europe, as well as the ECFR Council meeting.
A more detailed list of events is available below:
During the series New Democracy, three evenings will be devoted to deliberative democracy; both from a theoretical and a practical perspective.
Cultural Dimension in the City of the Future: a debate and lecture with Hans Mommaas, Karolina Spaic (ZID Theater), Kristian Koreman (Bureau ZUS, Zones Urbaines Sensibles) and Kajsa Ollongren (alderman Amsterdam Municipality, a.o. for Economy and Culture). Please note that this event is in Dutch.
ECF is partner of Holland Festival 2016, supporting the performance De Komst van Xia (The Coming of Xia) by renowned Dutch actors’ collective Wunderbaum, which will perform the first part of their The New Forest series at FabCity Amsterdam / Kop van Java.
By definition public space should belong to the public. However, there are more and more examples of public spaces that are now privatised. This directly affects the influence of the ‘public’ on the space. Who decide whether a public space can be privatised? And how can ‘the public’ take back control? Join the debate with Idea Camp participant and R&D grantee Reem Khedr and Els Leclercq, Studio Aitken Urbanism.
One of the most urgent challenges for our cities and the way we design them is climate change. How can we use the public space to make our cities more resilient? Can we create a more flexible infrastructure? What does this mean for the way we design our cities and the public space? And what is the effect of sustainable (environmentally friendly) architecture on the public space?
During this first event of the new series Public Space we will focus on the ways public spaces connect the physical and social layers of the city. With a.o. ECF Idea Camp participant and R&D grantee Steve Threlfall, Urban WorkBench, co-founder of We Make Places CIC.
In this series, Public Space, organised by Pakhuis de Zwijger in collaboration with Architectuurcentrum Amsterdam and ECF, we take a closer look at the public space. The simple way to describe the public space is an open space that is accessible to people. However, the way public spaces are designed and function within a city is less straightforward. During three meet-ups on 6, 15 and 22 June 2016, we will discuss current themes and questions surrounding public spaces. What role does public space have in connecting communities? How can we make a climate adaptive public space? How can the public keep control over spaces that are becoming more privatised?
Visionary artists and thinkers from all over Europe will recreate the perception of Europe in the months to come. On 1, 2, and 3 June 2016, they will gather in Amsterdam for the Forum on European Culture called Re:Creating Europe.
In his most recent book If Mayors Ruled the World Dr. Benjamin Barber argues that cities are the most promising place to find answers to the major challenges of the 21st century. The nation state, once democracy's best hope, is now dysfunctional and obsolete. At this New Democracy event, Dr. Barber will explain his ideas on the importance of cities and the role of mayors in addressing challenges such as climate change, economic inequality and refugees.
The City Makers Summit pools the knowledge from City Makers all over Europe and demonstrates innovative ways of creating more livable, thriving, resilient and inclusive cities. City Expeditions all over the Netherlands will showcase emerging initiatives focusing on urban farming, social design, the redevelopment of industrial heritage, co-housing, the makers movement, social entrepreneurship, inclusion of refugees, collaborative area development, community enterprises, the circular economy, and more.
Taking place during the Netherlands’ Presidency of the EU, the European Foundation Centre’s 27th Annual General Assembly and Conference will convene more than 750 philanthropic leaders and representatives from INGOs, academia and policymakers in Amsterdam in May.
Together with Netwerk Democratie and Pakhuis de Zwijger, we organise a series of events on democratic and cultural renewal in Europe from a citizen’s perspective. More and more urban communities are confronted with urgent challenges on a daily basis. Many European cities are losing their cultural identity to gentrification processes due to commercial interests. Migration puts new pressures on cities but also offers opportunities to re-think themselves. This debate series explores different city policies and alternative practices which are reinvigorating democracy and transforming our cities and regions for the common good.
Art and design can and do affect society. It puts matters in perspective, reflects, initiates changes, but also comes up with innovative, practical solutions for real problems. In three sessions artists, designers, policy-makers, managers, cultural entrepreneurs will discuss the impact of art on a rapidly changing world. One of the speakers is Alexander Pechthold, Parliamentary leader of the Democrats 66 in the House of Representatives of the Netherlands.
Live cinema performance €urovisions by European Souvenirs, portraying migrants chasing a European dream and looking at the way they are represented in the media, will open the Framer Framed/Beeld voor Beeld Festival on 29 April at the Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam. Event is free.
Our Connected Action for the Commons team is partnering with Fab City to present the Remapping Europe Screening on 28 April, as well as a live cinema performance on 29 April by €urovisions.
Tine de Moor will give a lecture on the commons and the sharing economy as part of this movement, followed by a dialogue with Christian Iaione and the audience, we will investigate the consequences for the principle of equality as a democratic check and balance and collect the building bricks for a redesign of it.
Professor of Human Geography Harriet Bulkeley will give an interactive lecture on new forms of governance that arise from experiments. We invite you for a dialogue to connect her insights to Amsterdam based and other Dutch experiments.
Solidarity is a hot topic on Europe's political agenda. Many politicians encourage us to show solidarity and embrace diversity. But how can we embrace diversity within Europe and increase solidarity when the core of many social issues in Europe are rooted in a systemically ignored global history extending far beyond European borders?
ECF and the Forum on European Culture are bringing together one of this year’s ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture laureates and two of the hubs within the Connected Action for the Commons network, each of them representing countries that are either already an established (Hungary) or new members to the European Union’s illiberal democracy club.
The European Cultural Foundation (ECF) is happy to announce the ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture laureates for 2016: theatre-makers and community developers Krétakör (Budapest, Hungary) and citizen laboratory for digital culture Medialab-Prado (Madrid, Spain).
2016 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture laureate Medialab-Prado will delve into the world of the commons and citizens engaging in the change of public institutions and cultural policies.
In this event part of the New Democracy series, we will talk about and share a collection of best practices from different European cities where co-creation and co-designing policy had its impact to motivate cities and EU policy, as in May 2016 the EU Urban Agenda will be signed and cities and the EU institutions will work together on urban challenges.
During this event part of the New Democracy series, we elaborate on the urgency to redesign our democracy together with Professor of Policy Science and System Innovation John Grin (UvA).
Art and design can and do affect society. It puts matters in perspective, reflects, initiates changes, but also comes up with innovative, practical solutions for real problems. In three sessions artists, designers, policy makers, managers, cultural entrepreneurs will discuss the impact of art on a rapidly changing world.
Theatre maker Lucas De Man embarked on a journey trying to find Europe. In seven different countries he interviewed creators and experts on the contemporaries of Hieronymus Bosch. He presents a theatrical report of his journey - the many meetings, images, discussions and insights he collected
Together with Netwerk Democratie and Pakhuis de Zwijger, we organise a series of events on democratic and cultural renewal in Europe from a citizen’s perspective. The series is part of the Europe by People programme and FabCity campus, in the framework of the Dutch Presidency from January – July 2016.