Agenda for the city of the future

12 weeks, 59 live events in 38 cities, 2785 participants from 30 countries, 136 organizations, initiatives and networks, 9 newsletters, 53 articles, videos, long reads, manuals, presentations and manifestos ...

Change the world. Start with the city

Cities for Change was an international online forum, from 26 March to 29 June 2021. The forum optimistically examined the city of the future and unravelled the darker sides of the current economy. Because the world is in need of change. Climate crisis, pandemic, housing shortage, a depleted planet, growing inequality in terms of money and power. In cities, city districts and neighbourhoods around the world, a movement is growing for a social, just and sustainable society which puts well-being and solidarity first.

Transitions & recommendations

Below you find the themes from Cities for Change. For each theme, read the proposed transitions and recommendations for the urban economy of the future that came out of Cities for Change. These are the results of dozens of conversations, discussions and exchanges. Based on theory and rooted in the daily practice of Amsterdam and other cities in Europe. One conclusion: the just and social city does not consist of one quick fix, but is an architecture of models, methods, experiments and strategies.

Climate & energy

Community wealth building


Amsterdam doughnut economy

Public space

Digital democracy

Translocal collaboration


Cities for Change in 12 minutes

Watch the video report of Cities for Change in 12 minutes below ...

38 cities

Cities for Change was an international online conference for, with and by citizens, administrators, activists, experts, social entrepreneurs, academics, researchers, writers, rappers, young people, politicians, opinion makers, civil servants ... From Amsterdam, Barcelona, Barreiro, Belgrade, Berlin, Budapest, Brixton, Cagliari, De Banne, Genoa, Glasgow, Gothenburg, Grenoble, Kisumu, La Coruña, Leuven, Lisbon, Liverpool, Livorno, London, Marseille, Messina, Milan, Montemor-o-Novo, Nantes, Naples, Norwich, Padua, Pisa, Poitiers, Potsdam, Rio de Janeiro, Tampere, Tavira, Trieste, Vienna, Wexford, Warsaw, Wigan, Wildemanbuurt, Zagreb

Made possible by ...

The Cities For Change Forum was made possible by a range of urban, national and international organisations, initiatives and networks that contributed as a partner or a participant.

Solidariteitsnetwerk BuurtTuinen, European Municipalist Network, Verdedig Noord, Minim, Stichting Studiezalen, Transnational Institute, Commons Network, DiEM25, SANE (Solidarity Against Neoliberal Extremism), London School of Economics, Platform Labour, Ontgroei, Amsterdam Donut Coalitie, Landelijk Samenwerkingsverband Actieve Bewoners, Pakhuis De Zwijger, Amsterdam City Rights, Climate Action Network Europe, WeMove, Somo, Marea Atlantica, L’Asilo, La Belle Democratie, Extinction Rebellion, Stichting !WOON, Institute for Global Peacework, Transition Brixton, Moral Imaginations, Warm Data, Omställningsnätverket, ECOLISE, Ekobyarnas Riksorganisation, Transition Network, Studiefrämjandet Göteborg, RIPESS, The City We Want, Sud Europa di Fronte alla Turistificazione, Good Economy Network, Platform Sierpleinbuurt, Landelijke Clientenraad, The Democracy Collaborative, Feminisation of Politics Collective, New Economics Foundation, Corporate Europe Observatory, FairWatch, Società della Cura, Rede de Cidadania de Montemor-o-Novo, 02025, Zuiderlicht, Here To Support, From the Sea to the City, SOS Moria, Seebruecke, Global Ecovillage Network, UrbanA, Fridays for Future, Communities for Future, Doughnut Economics, Regenerative Practitioners, Municipal Enquiry, Research for Action, Waag, OpenFuture, Public Spaces, Bureau LADA, AP+E, Platoniq, Aouaki Concepts, Bernadetta Zorg, PANEL, Lilith Mag, School of Public Life, Barcelona En Comu, Zagreb Je Nas, Samen Wonen Samen Leven, Station Wildeman, Moeders van Noord, Stichting SES, Going Social, Bloei en Groei, Tolhuistuin, New Metropolis, Ru Paré, UvA, HvA