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The Future is Public &
The City of Tomorrow

We are living in turbulent times. Urgent challenges are on the rise, from growing inequality, poverty and discrimination to climate change and the resulting ecological crisis These problems are clearly felt in cities.

Together, cities are building a growing ‘trans-local’ movement, creating places that embrace community, justice and solidarity. This movement shows we can build inclusive and democratic communities anywhere in the world.

But cities are also where new solutions are being developed. Many cities are working towards a democratic economy that is shaped by the vitality and power of residents to create change, not dictated by market fundamentalism. Progressive municipal governments in cities like Amsterdam, Barcelona, Valparaiso, San Francisco, Naples and Grenoble are choosing new paths to ensure that all residents have the right to housing and health care, cleaner energy and education, and to live lives of freedom and dignity.

The future is public

4 & 5 december 2019


Democratic ownership of the economy

The movement of democratic economy has inspired the 99 of Amsterdam, the Transnational Institute (TNI) and the many international partners who are organising the international conference Future is Public: Democratic Ownership of the Economy.

De stad van morgen

6 & 7 december 2019


Democratising the Neighbourhood Economy

Amsterdam residents, community organisers, activists and researchers will team up to discuss how Amsterdam can put this new wealth of knowledge on democratic economy into action during the local conference The City of Tomorrow: Democratising the Neighbourhood Economy.

The international conference will provide ample opportunity for exchanging experiences and best practices of a variety of progressive cities and communities. We learn from other cities where municipal authorities and urban collectives are tackling poverty, inequality, loneliness, pollution, exclusion, housing shortage and climate crisis.

Many residents of Amsterdam’s 99 neighbourhoods are experiencing a growing sense of community. The goal of the local conference is to bring all these initiatives and experiments together and help strengthen and expand them. Working together, we’ll combine viable strategies, alternatives and solutions. And we’ll connect them with the international movement that is fighting for a democratic economy and a just distribution of power—in Amsterdam, across the country and around the world.

The Transnational Institute (TNI) is an international research and advocacy institute committed to building a just, democratic and sustainable planet. For more than 40 years, TNI has served as a unique nexus between social movements, engaged scholars and policy makers.

De stad van morgen

99vanamsterdam reflects the 99 local citydistricts and the local initiatives that aim for a more fair, just and inclusive Amsterdam. The 99 was founded to connect these with international networks, movements and experiences. The 99 is a think-and-act tank: a small team and part of a much broader network.