Sharing economy; disruptive networks – NRC Live

Liesbeth took part in the NRC Live event on Oct 27th, about the Sharing economy in Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam. Lots of inspiring examples were shown for ways to reduce the need to own consumer goods and bring value to people in other ways. Many startups with a sharing model were present and presenting, from delivery services and cleaning services to local cooking, local education and neighbourhood initiatives to sharing boats, cars, clothes and other stuff. There was lots of debate about rights and rules for giants like AirB&B and Uber. It was good that we were not just talking about...

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Sustainable buildings Eindhoven – contract signed!

Wednesday 26 October 2016: With immense satisfaction Marlies and I witnessed the signing of the contract between the city of Eindhoven and the ‘!MPULS’ consortium, an agreement for the next 15 years of sustainable renovation and management of the municipal buildings in the city center. A great step towards becoming an energy neutral city. Having been involved in this project for the past 3,5 years, helping the core team develop a new way of working, based on the principles of long term value creation, a systemic approach and -most importantly – cooperation, it is with joy that we can...

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Getting to know the ‘Commons community’

Liesbeth participated in the Peer Value conference, on 2 and 3 Sept 2016 in Amsterdam, and learned a lot about the collaborative economy, both from the hands-on experts and the academic researchers there. Learning about new ways of working, organizing and ways of funding collaborative initiatives. Comparing corporate models such as Air B&B and Uber with the ‘commons model’ that is based on small companies and individuals working together with free technology and open source. Also, explorations of citizen initiatives as well as ‘Hackathons’ to solve urban or humanitarian challenges, views...

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See our project examples

It has been a few months since the FreeUp website came live. It started with a minimal amount of content, describing only the team and a few lines of text for each service. Now, we have updated the website with project examples from the last few years. Look up project examples at the service pages: FreeUp Innovation FreeUp Insight FreeUp Co-creation These will give an impression of the value that FreeUp can provide, our flexibility and ability to take on challenging assignments. Always looking for opportunities to help shape new and meaningful contributions to society, through innovation,...

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Governments, businesses and academia meet up to innovate

Governments, businesses and academia meet up to innovate Liesbeth facilitated one of the workshops during an innovation event organized by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. Representatives from governments, businesses and knowledge institutes met up to discuss a few large upcoming innovative projects around sustainable public lighting, buildings and electric mobility. Several businesses got a chance to pitch their potential contributions to these projects. Participants exchanged ideas, opportunities, best practices and inspiration for addressing the innovation challenges...

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Circular Economy innovation roadmapping workshop

Circular Economy innovation roadmapping workshop Facilitating a strategic innovation workshop for a big company on the topic of circular economy. Connecting all the key internal stakeholders, a mix of business, innovation and sustainability professionals, to identify opportunities, enablers and challenges, initiating the development of an innovation roadmap for the coming 10 years. In the circular economy you can think of services for upgrading products, reusing parts of products after a period of use, recycling materials, but also changing mindsets and behaviours, all to make more effective...

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