Amsterdammers, Maak je Stad! – Towards a Democratic Economy

Are current participatory budgeting experiments taking the democratisation of our local economy far enough or are more radical steps necessary? As part of the democratisation agenda of Amsterdam, the city will allocate up to eight million euro for experimentation with participatory budgeting. Citizens are invited to improve their living environment, by redistributing the available budget amongst various neighbourhood initiatives.



Pakhuis de Zwijger, Piet Heinkade 179, Amsterdam

Christian Felber & Michel Bauwens

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Christian Felber & Michel Bauwens
03 maart 2020

How does this form of participation bring us closer towards a more democratic economy? Together with Michel Bauwens (P2P Foundation) and Christian Felber (Economy for the Common Good), we explore more radical steps towards democratic and economic innovation.++More informationRead more about the project ‘Amsterdammers, Maak je Stad!’ here.


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About the speakers

  • Christian Felber is a writer, university lecturer and contemporary dancer in Vienna. He is the initiator of the Economy For The Common Good and the Cooperative for the Common Good. Several bestsellers include Change Everything: Creating an Economy For The Common Good and Money: The New Rules of The Game, which was awarded the getAbstract International Book Award 2014. The Economy for the Common Good received the ZEIT-Wissen Award in 2017.
  • Michel Bauwens is the founder and director of the P2P Foundation and works in a global collaboration on the exploration of peer production, governance, and property. He is research director of and founding member of the Commons Strategies Group. He has (co-)published various books and reports, such as ‘Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy’ (with Vasilis Kostakis), and more recently, P2P: A Commons Manifesto. He is currently working on prototyping a MOOC on commons-based economics.
  • Estefanía Matesanz has been working in the financial sector for over 20 years. After a career in commercial banking she made the conscious transition to impact investing at Triodos Investment Management. She is Chairwoman for the Dutch Chapter of the Economy for the Common Good Movement and holds board positions in the international financial sector. She is born and raised in Madrid (Spain) and is Amsterdammer at heart.
  • Charlot Schans is urban sociologist and advisor for STIPO, an organisation that works on creating better cities. Her work starts from the understanding that the most liveable, sustainable and equitable cities around the globe are the result of effective co-creation between a variety of stakeholders.
  • Rugter Groot Wassink works as deputy mayor of Amsterdam (GroenLinks) on the topics of social affairs, diversity and democratisation. In March 2019 he and his team presented the Agenda Democratisation Amsterdam where he announced two pilots for participatory budgetting together with other participatory approaches for a more democratic city.
  • Heidi Leenaarts is the founder and director of United Economy, a sustainable trade network. Using circulair money United Economy promotes social entrepreneurship and sustainability by focussing on value creation. As a result, in 2018 she was nominated 32nd in the sustainable top 100 of Dutch newspaper Trouw.

About Amsterdammers, Maak je Stad! #2

In the learning trajectory “Amsterdammers, Maak je Stad!” residents and civil servants work together to design and strengthen the development and implementation of knowledge, insights and concrete steps for democratic innovation and participation.

During the second edition, the organisations Kennisland, WAAG and Pakhuis de Zwijger have been commissioned by the City of Amsterdam to focus this trajectory on the current experiments with participatory budgeting in Amsterdam. How to strengthen the collaboration between civil servants and citizens, in order to move towards systemic change and a well-functioning (participatory) democracy?

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