Civil servants about risk-taking in innovation

A conversation with City Clerk Peter Teesink and other leading municipal innovators

From building doughnut coalitions to migrant advisory boards; City Clerk Peter Teesink speaks together wit other leading municipal innovators about methodologies for turning moonshots into reality. Creative Bureaucracy Festival, Amsterdam.

Amsterdam has a long history in innovation. Living below sea-level requires structural innovation in collaboration and innovation in technology. Being a densely populated trading nation the need to be innovative is omnipresent in Dutch society. For municipalities this is a challenge. On the one hand a municipality needs to offer trustworthy services, and on the other hand the municipality needs to embrace innovation for keeping the feet dry and the fridge full.

This session focusses on this tension between administration, control and management versus the informal, self-organizing and creative dynamic of innovation. Three Amsterdam civil servants present their remarkable innovations and discuss tactics and strategies for surviving this potentially dangerous dynamic for personal careers. Peter Teesink, director of the City of Amsterdam and responsible for guiding the city in this dynamic, takes part in the conversation that follows. Prof. Dr. Caroline Nevejan, Chief Science Officer of the City of Amsterdam, will give a short introduction on the innovative character of Amsterdam, before she will moderate the conversation.

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Caroline Nevejan (Chief Science Officer, City of Amsterdam)
Peter Teesink (City Clerk, City of Amsterdam)
Eveline Jonkhoff (Strategic advisor and program manager circular economy, City of Amsterdam)
Eddy Adusei (Area Manager, City of Amsterdam)
Sabina Kekic (Advisor on EU-affairs, City of Amsterdam)


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Header image: Paars (democratisering)

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