On April 25th, Bikes and Places gathered with Sander de la Rambelje from the Dutch Consulate in Boston to organize a community learning event at the Goddard House for Assisted Living. We traveled through history, shared stories about tulips and windmills, the resistance during WW2, and how the values such as tolerance and individual freedom, born in the 17th Century Amsterdam, influenced the modern world. Thank you Goddard Enriched Life Director, Erica Curio, for inviting us. We will definitely come back.
At the end of March, our friends Tom & Paul from City Innovation Exchange Lab (CITIXL) teamed up with Wentworth Institute of Technology to organize the Reclaiming Space Boston challenge. Students, architects, urban designers, entrepreneurs and community leaders gathered together to develop simple, short-term solutions for blighted city properties in the Dorchester and Mattapan neighborhoods. An experiment that shows once again the power of the bottom-up approach for building more livable, resilient and inclusive communities. View event page.
August's Tea Talk @CIC Boston. A stimulating conversation about circular economy, how cycling can transform cities & communities, and the importance of collaboration to build a more sustainable future. Hosts: Brian from Bikes & Places, Marloes from Holland Innovation Network, Erik from Bean Trust Coffee and Kat from CIC Boston.
Summer in Amsterdam was such a blast! We attended few summer special events organized by our friends from A City Made by People and had a chance to meet some of Amsterdam's sustainable entrepreneurs. Vincent Huijing from Buro Regen&Water gave us a tour of the experimental rain garden in Amsterdam West. Vincent showed how to design a rain smart garden that is resistant to increasing rainfall and protects our homes against flooding, Arno van Herwijnen, Co-Owner of Rainbeer shared the story behind the beer made out of rain water. We tried it and we liked it! Wai-Han Wong of JUT Plastic, talked about her mission to solve the plastic waste. She creates jewelries out of plastic collected from the Dutch beaches. She believes that everything that is found on the beach can be given a new value or destination. From Janneke Verweij of CoCasa we learned about about worms, the composting process and how the CoCasa worm hotel aims to make Amsterdam more sustainable.