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by Bertholt Leeftink
Open Data is a high priority in the Dutch Digital Agenda. It is a resource for building apps that can lead to innovation and economic growth.
At PICNIC, the Dutch Government will announce actions it will undertake to stimulate the availability and use of Open Data. The results of a recent study on mobility in the Creative Industry in The Netherlands will also be presented.
by Harry van Dorenmalen
The majority of us live in cities now, and the global percentage is growing fast. In fact, it is estimated that one million people move into the world’s cities each week. With this enormous influx of population, we’ll need to find new ways to manage complexity, to increase efficiency, to reduce expenses and to improve quality of life. As our planet gets more urban, our cities need to get smarter.
Harry van Dorenmalen, Chairman of IBM Europe will elaborate on how smart cities harness the power of open data and mass collaboration to engage citizens and solve city issues. By making the data openly available – as so-called “open data” – new business applications will evolve, providing services that are derived from this public sector information.
by Benoit Jacob
The world we live in is changing fast. Exploding populations and economic growth in emerging countries are having a serious impact on our environment. Understanding this context—assessing needs and addressing the right question—is causing us to think about mobility in a whole new way and affording an opportunity for significant progress in car design.
Please join us for this session where we will talk about how we can combine the freedom to move about as we please with our responsibility for our environment to come up with inspiring and attractive new mobility concepts for the future.
by Gerard Groener
by Joost Bakker
The Greenhouse By Joost sets a new precedent for designing and operating better hospitality venues and public spaces. The Greenhouse is a productive building that uses the by-products of agriculture for insulation and energy, and is constructed entirely with materials that are completely and easily recycled, natural and non toxic.
It’s a living, breathing building.
Designers, engineers, builders, scientists, farmers and chefs are among those whose expertise has contributed to every aspect of The Greenhouse... from the lighting, to the menu, to the fresh baked bread and the worm farm. It aims to open a dialogue about alternative living that need not be a compromise – but that is a fine balance between functionality, sustainability and beauty.
All the features of the Greenhouse are carefully considered for their practicality, recyclability, life cycle and embodied energy - and then for their aesthetics and cost. By putting each decision through this rigorous process, The Greenhouse can provide information and examples to builders, designers, restaurateurs and the public, regarding their daily choices of materials, ingredients, and practices.
Greenhouse By Joost proves it is possible to enthuse visitors from all walks of life about sustainable design and operational practices. It is our vehicle to share some of what we have learned, and let the results speak for themselves. Above all, Greenhouse By Joost is about leading by example.
The ambitious goal of a clean economy and a high-quality society can be achieved. It is "the existing powers of creativity and innovation within society that offer opportunities for green growth,” says Maarten Hajer in The Energetic Society, the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency Trends Report. Yet in order to exploit the potential of this energetic society, governments need to adjust and act in a timely way, otherwise they will be exposed to the powers of the energetic society that may effectively obstruct government initiatives. We need a new partnership and a new division of responsibilities.
Innovation means planning for action and initiative, accepting the fact that mistakes will be made, and making certain that improvements are identified and implemented rapidly. Such innovation calls for a different type of government based on the notion of “radical incrementalism.” Putting the sustainable achievements of institutions and businesses in digital, shareable form is important for providing valuable examples and feedback.
The challenge is to do more with less – something for which there is no instant solution. New ideas will constantly be required and may be stimulated by a government that commits itself to clear objectives and engages in new forms of social engagement.
by Robin Chase
Beyond the green economy is the new economy, which I believe will be "people powered" and leverage the excess capacity that we find all around us. I'd put Google, Flickr, Wikipedia, and eBay into this category of companies that leverage individual's excess capacity. Other examples include Fon, Etsy, Waze, Couchsurfing, AirBnb, and Buzzcar.
Instead of waiting for government, or big business to create the world we want to live in, increasingly we will take charge of our lives and environment and build the future ourselves.
How are governments responding to the entitlement, engagement and sharing brought about by the Internet? How can policy "mistakes" be fixed in "high functioning democracies"?
Harvard law professor and Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig describes how policy errors in the United States are having unintended negative consequences and he implores "outsiders" to help US to correct its mistakes with balanced, sensible policy alternatives.
Citizens and governments around the world are learning quickly that they can only solve problems by working together as equals. Government is moving from being a vendor of services, to a platform of co-creation. This session will explore how civic innovators can produce social change through creative uses of social technology.
by Charles Landry
The Creative City concept has become a mantra of our times, yet it is in danger of being overused and so can lose its potential power and relevance.
Charles will explore what a comprehensive creative ecology of a city might look like and introduce a Creative City Index he has developed.
14th–16th September 2011