Socrates Schouten, Waag, 2021

Socrates SchoutenHead of Code Programme & Lead Commons Lab

Socrates Schouten worked as Head of Code Programme (Future Internet Lab and Commons Lab) and lead of Commons Lab at Waag. He is a researcher and writer in the field of the circular economy and the commons. In 2016, Socrates wrote the book 'De circulaire economie' (The Circular Economy, published by Leesmagazijn) about ecological thinking and the philosophy of the commons.

Socrates worked at several social organisations in the field of sustainability, recycling, green politics and change in the way economics are approached in The Netherlands, such Recycling Netwerk, Bureau de Helling, Qoin and 'Platform Duurzame en Solidaire Economie' (PDSE). Socrates studied environmental sciences at the TU Delft and the University of Leiden.

Closed projects

Shared Cities, Smart Citizens

Data visualisation - data graphics
Smart Citizens Lab
This project examines the conditions for building a future smart city. Public values and the rights and needs of citizens play a central role.

Public Stack: charging infrastructure for electric vehicles

Transparante Laadpaal (The Incredible Machine)
Future Internet Lab
Commissioned by the RVO, Waag is developing a Public Stack for the charging infrastructure of electric vehicles.

Hackathon de groene stad

campagnebeeld hdgs
Future Internet Lab
In het project hackathon groene steden komen initiatieven bijeen die zich focussen op het vergroenen van steden. Waag organiseert vier groen-expedities en een hackathon.

Gaming for the Commons

Commons Lab
Can serious games help us to reimagine our political and economic system? We aim to discover the potential of serious games to help us reclaim the urban commons.

Sentinel Citizen

Sentinel Citizen. (c) Copernicus, CAMS.
Smart Citizens Lab
Sentinel Citizen connects air quality data generated by citizen measurements of the project Hollandse Luchten, with data from satellites of the European Space Agency.

Embassy of Health

Dutch Design Week - Embassy of Health
Smart Citizens Lab
The Embassy of Health explores challenges within healthcare and unites different perspectives on the crossings of technology, design, science, arts and healthcare.

Mobility Lab Bicycledatacommons

Cyclists in Amsterdam
Commons Lab
The Mobility Lab Bicycledatacommons explores the role of data commons in the usage of bicycle data.

Smart society cases

Green light
Commons Lab
In this project we sketch a picture of the dilemmas that digitisation entails within public administration and the effect this has on society.

Chamber of Commons

Commons Lab
Commons Lab
The Chamber of Commons bolsters the interests of commons and commoners.


WeMakeThe.City is the festival that makes cities better.


DSI map Europe
Commons Lab
Digital Social Innovation in Europe (DSI4EU) supports digital social innovation networks in Europe.

Dutch Design Week

Dutch Design Week - Embassy of Health
Waag is a regular guest at the annual Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, with a main focus on the future of healthcare with the Embassy of Health.