Amsterdam: How can you embed innovation in a city's DNA?

From building doughnut coalitions to migrant advisory boards, we hear from Amsterdam's leading municipal innovators on their methodologies for turning moonshots into reality.

Amsterdam has a long history in innovation. Living below sea-level requires structural innovation in collaboration and innovation in technology. Being a densely populated trading nation the need to be innovative is omnipresent in Dutch society. For municipalities this is a challenge. On the one hand a municipality needs to offer trustworthy services, and on the other hand the municipality needs to embrace innovation for keeping the feet dry and the fridge full.

This session will focus on this tension between administration, control and management versus the informal, self-organizing and creative dynamic of innovation. Three Amsterdam civil servants will present their remarkable innovations and will discuss tactics and strategies for surviving this potentially dangerous dynamic for personal careers. Peter Teesink, director of the City of Amsterdam and responsible for guiding the city in this dynamic, will take part in the conversation that follows. Prof. Dr. Caroline Nevejan, Chief Science Officer of the City of Amsterdam, will give a short introduction on the innovative character of Amsterdam, before she will moderate the conversation.