Our Cities of Impact series, in partnership with Amsterdam Impact, explores how a city can not only nurture social entrepreneurship, but also contribute to a much more ambitious goal: transforming the whole economy.
Every single citizen can contribute to building an ‘impact city’ – if they’re equipped with the skills and mindset. How a government-backed programme in Amsterdam is educating the ‘impact-makers of the future’.
STREETS OF AMSTERDAM More than 11,000 refugees access sports and much more in the first club created by KLABU. Now – with the backing of Paris-Saint-Germain FC – the social entrepreneur has his eye on a much bigger goal.
STREETS OF AMSTERDAM: A mum-to-be spotted a gap in the market for sustainably produced, gender-neutral kidswear. Now, through renting and repurposing, she’s helping to make a notoriously wasteful industry a little gentler on the planet.
Small impact ventures can make a big difference in their local communities. But sometimes they need a helping hand – that’s where Amsterdam Impact is stepping in, as part of a multi-year plan to grow the impact economy.
STREETS OF AMSTERDAM: Yoni is bringing its biodegradable, organic-cotton products to supermarkets across Europe. But perhaps its biggest challenge is busting taboos around menstruation – especially when some say they don't exist.
Amsterdam Impact wants to make impact entrepreneurship the default way to do business – which means getting investors on board. Find out how the city is betting on collaboration over competition to spark more deals.
STREETS OF AMSTERDAM: Entrepreneur Marius Smit was among the first to convince corporations to pay for the pleasure of picking up trash. Ten years on, his social enterprise Plastic Whale is making waves worldwide.
Helping firms switch to a purpose-led model, teaching social entrepreneurship to schoolkids and joining an ambitious, 80-strong partnership: how the city government's Amsterdam Impact is teaming up to help the transition to a new economy.
STREETS OF AMSTERDAM: Plant-based cheese company Willicroft isn’t unusual in wanting to go green. But it is taking a novel approach to ensuring every decision puts the planet first – and its founder hopes other firms will soon follow suit.