Cities for Change
Change the world, start with the city!
Clarice Gargard is an American-Dutch journalist, program maker and presenter. Together with Hasna El Maroudi, she is the founder of the feminist multimedia platform and zine LilithMag, which gives a face to the fourth feminist wave, making women and marginalized groups more visible and stimulates media participation. She is also a columnist in NRC, correspondent Resistance at De Correspondent and board member at the Prince Claus Fund. She made radio programs for SALTO Omroep Amsterdam and TV programs for AT5 and Vara. In all her work she is concerned with political and social power structures and intersectional feminism. Gargard is a regular guest on Dutch talk shows.
As project coordinator at Extinction Rebellion, I am shaping the Outreach & Training campaign and the local Citizen Council support for an ambitious Citizen Council on Climate & Environment. Within 'Future of Democracy' we research and experiment with different forms of deliberative democracy.
Hidaya Nampiima is a human rights- and LGHBTI- activist from Uganda who is forced to live as an undocumented person in the city of Amsterdam. At this moment she is one of the main project coordinators for the project: Amsterdam City Rights, striving for urban citizenship in the city of Amsterdam. She talks to politicians, policy makers and citizens of Amsterdam to advocate for basic rights for all undocumented people.
Júlia holds a BA in Political Science and a BA in Law from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), a Master’s degree in Private International Law from Universidad de Buenos Aires, and an online Graduate Certificate in International Relations at Harvard Extension School. She lived in Argentina for six years, where she worked in anti-money laundering and was a teaching assistant in Theory of the State in Universidad de Buenos Aires and Universidad Nacional de Avellaneda. She is currently doing a PhD in anti-corruption in UAB where she is also an Adjunct Lecturer of Public Policy.
She works as the advisor for Science and Universities policies at the Barcelona City Council. She also collaborates regularly with newspapers and journals with articles about political analysis and dissemination on anti-corruption and integrity.
Her central interests in activism are economy, especially fair taxation and the fight against tax havens, and international relations. She is currently a member of the Executive and the responsible for International Relations at Barcelona en Comú.
Kate Raworth (1970) is a progressive economist, works at the Environmental Change at the University of Oxford and is a co-founder of the Donut Economics Action Lab. She is the creator of Donut Economics. The Donut is an economic model based on basic human needs - such as food, water, education, security, political influence and planetary boundaries. Rather than boundless economic growth, this model focuses on meeting everyone’s needs without depleting the planet for future generations. This model has greatly influenced sustainable development thinkers, progressive companies and political activists - Raworth is regularly invited by governments and think tanks. Amsterdam is the first Donut city in the world, and Kate Raworth is professor of practice at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.
During his study of Economics, Laurens Ivens specialised in microeconomics, public finance, development economics and environmental economics. During his Political Science studies, he focused on group processes, elections and international comparisons. From 2001 to 2010 he was the Policy Assistant of the SP (Dutch Socialist Party) group in the House of Representatives. Since 2006 Ivens has been a member of the SP's City Council group, chairing it from 2010.
In the same year, 40 prominent Amsterdammers elected Ivens as Amsterdam Councillor of the Year. In the City Council he spoke on finance, art and culture, and sport. In his post as Senior Assistant Public Affairs at the ANWB (Royal Dutch Touring Club) he was concerned with advocacy in the field of road safety and infrastructure.
Wethouder Ruimtelijke Ontwikkeling en Duurzaamheid in Amsterdam
Marjolijn is active as Chef de Mission of Orange Energy. Team Orange Energy is a team in motion. We estimate that the Chef de Mission will bring about 300 team members together in the Olympic Stadium in the summer of 2021.
The mission of the Chef? When Amsterdam celebrates its 750th anniversary, on 27 October 2025, Amsterdam will be a leader in clean energy. By then, our team will consist of some 7500 frontrunners and 100 energy commissioners, and a whole host of people who have made it possible.
The quartermaster team is now in full swing. It consists of Marjolijn Bronkhuyzen, Jeroen den Uyl and Pauline Westendorp, among others. The team's goal is 'Clean Energy as a Driver of Jobs' (see projects elsewhere on this site): 30,000 homes on clean energy, 3000 jobs in 10 areas in Amsterdam)
Massih Hutak is a rapper, writer, columnist and artist. He was born in Afghanistan and has lived in Amsterdam since 2001. In August 2011, Hutak made his debut as the youngest author at publishing house Contact, reading his stories at events such as Uitmarkt, Manuscripta and Crossing Border. In 2016 his first EP, ERROR, was released in 2012, his first album Onderweg naar Huis. He performs in the Melkweg, Paradiso and Bitterzoet and is a columnist for Het Parool, de Volkskrant and NPO Radio 1.
Hutak is one of the founders of Verdedig Noord, a group of residents in Amsterdam Noord who use art, activism and campaigns to take action against gentrification, and create awareness among old and new Northerners.
Najah Aouaki is an economist and urban strategist who works for de99vanAmsterdam, a program of the City of Amsterdam. Where urban developments and market forces threaten inclusivity, Aouaki devises strategies and concepts to preserve them. This ensured that the Java neighborhood retained its diverse character, by allowing entrepreneurs to grow together with the changing target groups.
Aouaki approaches the city as a living ecosystem. At de99vanAmsterdam, she develops a community wealth building strategy with a special focus on communities of color. Its motto: "Create a welfare economy for inclusive cities and thriving communities."
Rutger Groot Wassink (GroenLinks) is the Deputy Mayor and Alderman for Social Affairs, Diversity and Democratization at the Municipality of Amsterdam since 2018. Groot Wassink studied history at Utrecht University, worked for the Sustainable Solidarity Foundation (SDS) and at FNV-Jong and FNV. Before his aldermanhood he was party leader of GroenLinks Amsterdam. His ambitions are an inclusive and diverse city where all Amsterdammers can live in freedom. With policies that combat inequality and experiments to make the city more democratic.
Rutger Groot Wassink is one of the initiators of Cities for Change.
Ruurd Priester is a social entrepreneur, advisor in digital strategy, innovation and design, and research fellow urban innovation at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences since 2014. Priester is also active in the Amsterdam Donut Coalition, a platform of Amsterdammers and organizations that want to implement the donut economy.
Éva Tessza Udvarhelyi is the Head of the Office for Community Participation at the Municipality of the 8th District of Budapest. In January 2020, under the leadership of the Mayor of the 8th District of Budapest, Tessza launched a new Office for Community Participation that is helping to increase engagement in civic life of some of Budapest’s most disenfranchised citizens, aiming to cultivate their deeper sense of belonging and ownership of their local government. Tessza is also the co-founder of the School of Public Life, a grassroots education and research center that aims to rebuild Hungarian democracy by supporting the active citizenship and critical public engagement of adults in Budapest. As the only organization of its kind in Hungary, the School offers free courses to individuals and civil society organizations in areas such as advocacy, activism, and community organizing, engaging 800 students and 120 organizations every year. In 2009, Tessza also co-founded a grassroots housing advocacy group called The City is for All, which has been mobilizing homeless people and their allies for housing rights.
Sophie is a political economist and philosopher with over 15 year of experience in civil society and as a social advocate. She is a co-founder and director of Commons Network, a collaboratory for the social and ecological transition which develops models for the new economy and works for de99vanAmsterdam. As a social advocate in policy she has worked at the European level, with international institutions as well as on the city level. She helped kick start several civil society alliances around access to medicines, trade and R&D both in Europe and Latin America. Ever the europhile, she co-edited the book 'Our Commons: Political Ideas for a New Europe' with colleague Thomas de Groot. Currently based in her hometown Amsterdam, Sophie is actually a nomad and spent most of the last decade in Berlin and the US.