The commons is the cultural and natural resources accessible to all members of a society, including natural materials such as air, water, and a habitable earth. These resources are held in common, not owned privately.


Hidde Kamst examines a more cooperative city with a participatory model and some trade-offs that are involved in participation. 


Can games help us achieve a more social and collaborative society? In our Common play with us series, we aim to learn all about games.


In this blog series Hidde Kamst examines different ways of using technology in cities, and the corresponding roles these imply for citizens.


Where would we be without plastic? The Social Tech Tour visited vanPlestik, that uses 100% recycled plastic for 3D printer filament.


The first stop of the Social Tech Tour tour brought us to OneFarm at A Lab in the North of Amsterdam. Isabella reports.


Are you working on sustainability and curious to know how new, open technologies can contribute? Join the Amsterdam Social Tech Tour.


How can scientists, entrepreneurs, policy makers, citizens and creatives best work on solutions for urban issues together?


Marleen Stikker was one of the guests at the Future of Trust Summit 2018. Elisa Achterberg wrote a report about this gathering.


An overview of fragments, with a short description, as chosen by Marleen Stikker for the third episode of VPRO Zomergasten of 2018.


Amsterdam’s radically different tone of voice demonstrated by the newly elected city council on the issue of technology is crystal clear.


The new directive called PSD2 will give banks the opportunity to share your data with third parties. Do we need to worry about this development?


More and more opinion leaders are mistaking a few big corporate platforms for the collaborative economy. We need a pro-active policy framework that bends the collaborative economy towards the public good.


This opinion article witten by Marleen Stikker has not yet been translated. For the moment, please turn to the Dutch version. We may provide a full translation later.


On 21 February, the election programmes of ten Dutch political parties were screened against the perspective of the commons. In a public meeting, about twenty people participated in this daunting task.


Airbnb's license to operate in Amsterdam depends on whether it helps or harms the city. Airbnb can help Amsterdam collect its fair share of taxes and guests fit into the community, but it can also resist and damage Amsterdam's quality of life. Let's hope that Airbnb invests in Amsterdam for the long run.


How can we measure the effects of the election programmes of our political parties? Traditionally, it is the CPB that calculates the effects of all ideas and wishes. But are the models that CPB uses still up to date?


During the first meeting of the Open Planbureau multiple topics were discussed. Are the current economic planning models suficient to predict our complex future? What is the role of the commons in this field? During the second meeting we will look closer at instruments that can help us shape a alternative planning agency.


On Wednesday 23 November, the first meeting of the Dutch Open Planbureau was held. On the Dutch version of this page, you can read an interview with Socrates Schouten, who is (together with Marleen Stikker), the initiator of Open Planbureau.


Going from poor-to-poor towards peer-to-peer: how do we get to an open, sustainable and purpose economy?


On March 25th, 2013, Ravi Sundaram visited Waag to give a lecture about the media boom in India and to visit old friends.