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The Pearl Diver

Presently, we encounter a wide variety of ways in which designers tell stories of social innovation. This encouraged us to start a reflection on the idea of storytelling emerging from our practices, and to look at it from multiple perspectives. We have done so through conversations with designers, researchers, philosophers, as well as practitioners and theorists from many different fields who participated in the DESIS Philosophy Talks series about Storytelling and Design for Social Innovation. This volume records the first three years of ongoing discussions about this topic held in different places around the world. We had the opportunity to share practices and experiences and to reflect together on the meanings and values generated by them. With this book we share the first series of reflections and invite you to be part of this experimental process of co-creation of collective knowledge. DAE Reader (Places and Traces) David Hamers has contributed to this book with 'Notes on storytelling as design’.
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The innovative city

Cities are ambitious with initiating far-reaching innovation. Think about setting up test beds and living labs. The essay "De innovatieve Stad" by PBL researcher David Hamers portrays the conditions under which Dutch cities in the fields of economy, green and social can best realize these ambitions. And how they can find a balance between the fields. 
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Cities in Europe: data and analysis on the city

CO2 reduction, a healthy environment and good accessibility. The European ambitions for cities are very high. To achieve these ambitions in the European Union, the European Commission, EU Member States and cities are working together to develop an Urban agenda for the EU. In that context, PBL is presenting the infographic publication 'Cities in Europe / Cities in the Netherlands' and the essay 'The innovative city'. 
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