Pride the Civilians Motivator for Resilient Sustainable Cities: Results of the 2016 questionnaire research under Dutch Amsterdam council members

Fred Sanders, Arjan van Timmeren

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Dutch practice shows that cities will only become UNFCCC 2016 Paris Agreement sus-tainable proof when civilians besides government are willing to take responsibility for these cities too. Motivation feelings and neighbourhood conditions seem the key suc-cess factors. Many of these factors and conditions have become clear in recent years. Feelings of ‘Pride’ though is very often called as the motivation factor of importance alt-hough less is known of this phenomenon. To make the role of ‘pride feelings’ more clear exploring research on feelings of ‘Pride’ is done in the Dutch city of Amsterdam recently. Therefore the 100 council members of the Amsterdam city and its 7 city areas are ques-tioned on their vision on pride as the motivation factor of civilian initiative and responsi-bility. Besides there were asked to give best practices examples actual in Amsterdam. The analysis of literature search show that ‘pride feeling’ knows the four stages: propor-tional pride, shared pride, self-esteem and shared identity. The case-study analysis shows based on homogeneous outcome unless the small sample of data, that civilian initiatives are seen as important (74%) for city development and that ‘pride feeling’ of importance for the success of civilian initiative is (72,5%). Besides the analysis shows that ‘shared pride’ is the most common stage for civilian initiative. Recommended is that civilian initiatives should be more inventoried whereby ‘pride feeling’ can be deeper ex-amined being the important motivator for the participants and factor for success.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the World Sustainable Built Environment Conference (WSBE17)
Subtitle of host publicationTransforming Our Built Environment through Innovation and Integration: Putting Ideas into Action
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherConstruction Industry Council
ISBN (Print)978-988-77943-0-1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventWorld Sustainable Built Environment Conference - Hong Kong , China
Duration: 5 Jun 20177 Jun 2017


ConferenceWorld Sustainable Built Environment Conference
Abbreviated titleWSBE17
CityHong Kong
Internet address


  • Pride-feeling
  • Civilian-initiative
  • Sustainable-cities


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