Amsterdam Sharing City Projects
All players in the field have initiated their own or collaborative projects that
contribute to the concept of Amsterdam Sharing City.
In 2016, the Mayor and Executive Board of the municipality of Amsterdam agreed on an Action Plan “gives space to the opportunities the sharing (or collaborative) economy offers to the city”. The Action Plan also describes how Amsterdam will tackle urban challenges hand in hand with its residents through the collaborative/sharing economy.
Nesta describes how Amsterdam will tackle urban challenges through:
- “Stimulating the sharing economy - for example, by supporting pilot projects with carsharing platforms to address the challenge of parking in Amsterdam.
- Leading by example - for example, launching its own pilot project for citizens to access city assets such as vehicles, office space and other tools free of charge.
- A sharing economy for all Amsterdam residents - for example, working with organisations like Thuisafgehaald (meal-sharing) and Peerby (asset-sharing) to connect sharing platforms to the city pass (Stadspas) so that 180,000 more residents - many elderly or on low incomes - can benefit from the collaborative economy.
- Rules and regulations - for example, regulating the home rental market and preventing the emergence of monopolies or cartels, working with national and European government where necessary.
- Putting Amsterdam on the map as Amsterdam Sharing City - for example, by drawing together cities around the world for the first Sharing Cities Roundtable and working with the New York Mayor’s Office to develop a regulatory approach to the home-sharing market.”
Another unique way that Amsterdam has approached the Sharing City concept is through having the team who’s working on the project and partnership sitting across the city government, taking a corss-sectoral view of the collaborative economy.
Furthermore, residents can use city-owned buildings offices for free. The same goes for the municipal cars and tools.
This is a great way to address the underused space that you oftentimes can find around the city.
RENEWAL OF AIRBNB AND AMSTERDAM DEAL
Amsterdam has managed to work well with larger players in the collaborative economy field.
The renewal of the deal between Airbnb and Amsterdam is a great and unique approach.
Sharing City was an initiative that aimed at involving all players in the field.
Thus, ambassadors created their own pilot projects, such as:
- The Amsterdam Sharing City Challenge by THNK
- The introductory workshop for (senior) citizens by Airbnb & the Library.
- Amsterdam Airport Schiphol: mobility / skills / real estate
- Klein Amsterdam (school)
- Community Center Corantijn: awareness + information in community
- Sharing economy at the Zuidas business district by Accenture.
- Self-reliance and social cohesion in the neighborhood by Achmea. Read about the case here.
- Providing logistics to sharing economy startups by Sandd.
- Developing new houses based on sharing by BPD (Bouwfonds).
- Pilot with renting instead of borrowing from neighbors by Peerby Go.
‘The city has the ambition to be the innovator around topics that increase the quality of life’ – Amsterdam Economic Board Amsterdam
Aside from initiating the project of Amsterdam Sharing City, shareNL has done the following work
to benefit and help bring Amsterdam Sharing City forward.
- Research about the willingness to share in Amsterdam;
- Research on the ‘Collaborative Economy Environmental Impact and Opportunities’ for the Ministry of Environment and Infrastructure;
- Research for the report on the ‘Innovation in the Collaborative Economy’ for the Ministry of Economic Affairs;
- Research for the model ‘Collaborative Economy Ecosystem’;
- Collaboration with Amsterdam University on the Collaborative Economy Monitor.
- Encouraging initiatives in creating collaborations and pilot projects as ambassadors or active players in the field;
- Communication efforts to spread the word of Amsterdam Sharing City from its beginning to the present day;
- Presentations and workshops around Amsterdam Sharing City for other interested parties that look to the city for inspiration.
- Development of the Sharing City Game as a workshop tool.
- Articles and content around Amsterdam Sharing City involve:
- The opportunities and challenges for European cities.
- The Sharing Economy - Interview with Harmen van Sprang.
- 7 reasons why your city wants to become a Sharing City.
- The Sharingcity website
- The Sharing Cities Alliance website
- Participation in events such as:
- Oslo innovation week
- Tokyo Sharing City Event
- The Next Web
- Seoul Sharing Festival
- Milan Eurocities
- Share Israel in Tel Aviv
- Ouishare Fest
The network of sharing city initiatives, organization, cooperatives and individuals
all played a huge part in making Amsterdam a Sharing City.