Two-thirds of the European population lives in cities. Rapid urbanisation is creating negative impacts on the environment, human health and well-being, especially in deprived neighbourhoods, due to air pollution, noise, climate risks, lack of social cohesion, lack of physical activity and disconnection from nature. Cities have a pivotal role in facilitating improved health and well-being by creating and providing the right physical, social, cultural and economic places and services.
We help cities evaluate and plan their neighbourhoods to address health, well-being, social and environmental challenges.
We can help you assess your city’s liveability potential and establish your priorities. Our Acceleration programme engages innovators and investors and their solutions to become a liveable city of the future.
To become a liveable city you need to mainstream multiple policy objectives horizontally across various departments and organisations, their priorities and actions. We help facilitate your working groups to effectively deliver multiple co-benefits through your urban planning processes and investment programmes.
BUSINESS MODELS OF NATURE BASED SOLUTIONS FOR ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
Existing nature-based solutions (NBS) are being tested that primarily focus on delivering ecosystem services, but they are not designed specifically for health and well-being. There is a need for innovative solutions that go further to integrate even more urban issues.
Moreover, we need the evidence base to measure and value these solutions (e.g. what is the exact influence on air quality? Or the impact on improved health?). We can help create the business and the financial and governance models for their wider deployment.
The COTEMACO SME Support Programme is allowing manufacturing SMEs across #NWE to explore the benefits of #cobots (collaborative robots); improved flexibility, efficiency and employee health. Watch the video to learn more or visit http://robot-hub.org/cotemaco
Project manager, Fons van der Ham, welcomes the winning SMEs, explaining the ambition at the core of the @SmartCityInnov project is bringing cities and business together to develop #OpenData solutions for #SmartCities.
The @SmartCityInnov project is launching its Pilot Booster Programme today! After an open call, the winning companies will now start implementing their #OpenData solutions. Find out more: https://baxcompany.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/press-release-2nd-scifi-open-call-winners.pdf
In the face of radical technological change—in #AI, #robotics and genetic engineering—societies will inevitably argue over which technological paths should be explored. Economists’ views belong in these conversations, argues this @TheEconomist article. https://www.economist.com/finance-and-economics/2020/01/16/economists-explore-the-consequences-of-steering-technological-progress