Over 70 parties interested in new forms of collaboration in the Rotterdam neighborhood Bospolder Tussendijken (BoTu)
A big turnout and much interest on Friday May 17th at the information meeting of Social Impact by Design: a growing movement of a new form of collaboration between government, private partners and citizens. The objective is to make Bospolder and Tussendijken the first resilient district of Rotterdam.
During the information meeting the 70 interested parties and over 120 attendees received more information about the concept of Social Impact by Design and its 4 phases. Afterwards, all parties had the chance to meet each other and to ask questions about the challenges in BoTu. The main challenges include: (1) Jobs, activation, language, poverty and debts, (2) Care, young people and education, (3) Energy, housing and outdoor space. All attendees shared their ideas for BoTu full of enthusiasm and discussed potential opportunities to cooperate in a team.
discussed potential opportunities to cooperate in a team.
The persistence of the challenges in BoTu requires a new approach that is based on well-organised cooperation between residents, the municipality, the housing corporation, designers and private firms. A crucial part of the approach is that we look for integral solutions that connect multiple themes and that residents and local entrepreneurs in BoTu are actively involved during the entire process. There is room for innovation and we offer flexibility in handling existing frameworks and agreements. This provides opportunities to start experiments and tackle side issues and conditions in a fast and easy manner.