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Community

Organisation

The residents of the independent units and living groups will build one community together and strive to include as many people from outside the building as possible. Monthly meetings will be open to all who are participating in activities around the cooperative.

dNM is organized as four essential organs:

Meentvergadering

The most important organ of the association which brings together tenants, other users of the building, and neighbours to form work groups and take decisions by consensus.

Meentraad

The tenants and legal members of the association. The Meentraad will approve and carry out decisions based on the outcome of the Meentvergadering.

Meentbestuur

A board of directors appointed by the Meentraad, as required of a Dutch vereniging. Most powers are delegated as much as possible to self-organized committees of members.

Comité voor de meent

External advisors appointed by the Meentvergadering, such as the original designers of the building, affiliated housing organisations, public officials or former residents.

Workgroups

We created 5 different workgroups to develop and take on the different tasks, each group in its area of responsibility. Becoming an active member of the community also means joining a workgroup(s) and helping with taking decisions and executing tasks that are part of realising the project.

There’s no need to be an expert on any subject to join a workgroup. One does not need to be a lawyer (or even having a deep understanding of the law) in order to join the #legal workgroup for example. We have professional advisors for those areas where a professional is needed, but a big part of the thinking and decision-making process can (and should) be done by the community members. It is a great opportunity to learn and better understand the foundations on which the community is built upon.

The Workgroups:

#community

Spokespersons: Josta, Niels

Responsibilities: roadmap for new members, community building campaigns, diversifying dNM, organizing public events, onboarding new people, networking with coops and partners, relations with neighborhood, Nieuwland & municipality and more.

Contact: community@nieuwemeent.nl

#design

Spokesperson: Shacham

Responsibilities: relay with architects and sustainability advisors, research on architecture and sustainability, co-design process, synthesizing design decisions, pulling the design team and building team and more.

Contact: design@nieuwemeent.nl

#legal

Spokesperson: Thijs

Responsibilities: developing admission policy, drafting contracts, contact with municipality, developing statutes, bylaws & house rules and more.

Contact: legal@nieuwemeent.nl

#finance

Spokespersons: Kai, Radek, Andrea

Responsibilities: bookkeeping, subsidies & funds applications, contact investors, coordinate crowdfunding campaign, setting up loans, liquidity plan and more.

Contact: penningmeester@nieuwemeent.nl

#media

Spokesperson: Kai

Responsibilities: documentation, supporting #finance with crowdfunding campaign, newsletter and social media, maintain website, developing tools for dNM management and more.

Join the community

When we say community here, we mean it in the broader sense. It is not only the people who will be the residents of de Nieuwe Meent, but everybody who is connected to and supporting the project.

  • Fill in our questionnaire. This is for everybody who is interested in the project, for whatever reason that might be. It helps us get a better picture of who is interested and to better place and connect people who wish to become part of the community.
  • Sign up to our newsletter. We use our newsletter as the main channel of communication. All activities, meetings and updates are announced here. If you want to stay up to date, that’s the way to go.
  • Join a workgroup. As mentioned above, we have different workgroups that are busy with different aspects of the project. You don’t need to be an expert on the subject to contribute. Taking part in the meetings and sharing your ideas and feedback is a great contribution.
  • Join a meeting [link to agenda/events]. Come to one of our online/live meetings to meet other community members, to get informed and engage in discussion and/or activities.
  • Other ideas? Contact us if you have any other ideas that can help, contribute to or elevate the project: community@nieuwemeent.com

Initiators

The current core group of dNM organizers consists of people who have already been involved in self-built and self-managed co-housing projects and who work for social cohesion initiatives in their neighbourhoods and across the city. We have come together from the extended network around Soweto’s NieuwLand project. While building upon that knowledge and experience, we want to go much further and grow a much larger community.

Many of us are researchers and experienced practitioners in sustainability, circularity, community-building and urban policy. Others are creative and cultural professionals invested in citizen-led, non-commercial, politically progressive and socially transformative spaces of Amsterdam. Most of us are part of civil society movements transforming our society through collective action.

Since the very beginning, we have been accompanied by a strong design team lead by Time to Access in collaboration with Roel van der Zeeuw Architecten, independent young professionals with wide expertise in housing, sustainability, co-design and zelfbouw. The external consultants involved in the project also have lots of knowledge and experience to add to this.