There are many urban challenges facing our cities today. They may arise from the continuous growth of our cities, climate change or the fact we reach the limits of non-renewable resources. Larger societal dynamics like globalization, migration and digitization affect changes in the urban economy, the social composition of neighborhoods and the way we work. Around the world we see an increased awareness that in order to tackle challenges of that scale, we need to work together.
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We set the stage for the five-day WeMakeThe.City festival and through a variety of lenses look at approaches that successfully experimented with the collaboration between multiple stakeholders. We learn how this is not only a strategy to solve problems, but a way to pursue innovation. Amsterdam has a rich history of multi-stakeholder approaches, initially meant to protect the city from being flooded by the high sea level. But over time, this has resulted in a fertile ground for collaboration, now known as the Amsterdam Approach. In 2016 Amsterdam won the Innovation Capital of Europe award, because of its urban innovation ecosystem consistent of stakeholders from public, private and non-profit sectors, which work together to make the city better. Collaboration pays off and makes our future cities more resilient, successful and inclusive.