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Welcome the future

Maastricht: Open Honest Democratic

In the fall of 2017 a small group of people came together to give voice to a broader sentiment of unsteadiness and misrepresentation when living in the city that we call home. Led by the larger question of how Maastricht should move forward and develop in the future, we want to change the political sphere with open and honest leadership, and to represent Maastricht’s social and cultural diversity with a proactive mindset and the necessary moral courage to take action.

M:OED (moed = courage in Dutch) is the collective answer to solve this city’s contemporary problems without fear or exclusion, but through inclusivity and innovation. As a political party, M:OED strives for holistic development; by seeking the vast opportunities Maastricht and its region offers and harnessing them to sustainably drive change.

This manifesto provides a first glance at our vision of change, by depicting the four pillars of M:OED’s mentality:

Manifesto

Knowledge Economy

A city where bright minds stay

M:OED envisions a Maastricht where bright and creative minds are given opportunities to stay, create and contribute. We want Maastricht to become a city that is a real hub for creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and new ideas. A city that gives everybody opportunities to live, study and work to his or her full potential. However, we have seen many bright minds leaving Maastricht upon graduation or after trying to set up a business and we see the city struggling with its ability to speak and listen to its citizens. Maastricht could become the knowledge city we envision it to be, if it stimulates and encourages talent to stay and if it makes them feel at home. Therefore, we need a municipal government that supports startups, entrepreneurs and professionals. A municipal government that understands; an open and inclusive community is a precondition to deploying this city’s full creative and cultural potential.

 

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Smart Housing

…in a city that everyone calls home

M:OED advocates for smart, sustainable and forward-looking solutions for housing in Maastricht. Namely, the pressing matter of a looming shortage of affordable rooms and/or studios, despite the excess vacancy in Maastricht underlines the discrepancy of the housing market. Maastricht’s city center is attractive due to its combination of old and modern architecture. Unfortunately, this fusion does not always translate into possibilities for affordable housing. We believe that a modernised policy can introduce a new balance to this matter.

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Culture

A city that thrives on diversity and creativity

Culture and the arts are the essence of interpersonal communication and understanding; they foster personal development and identity formation. Culture helps us to comprehend the ‘new’ and has the potential to build bridges and to bridge gaps between communities. For M:OED diversity is at the core of culture. Maastricht always praises itself for being highly ‘cultural’. However, we only see municipal support for one certain kind of culture. We consider culture to be so much more than ‘sjiek en sjoen’. To make Maastricht a truly creative and innovative city, we need to respect different and alternative kinds of culture. Creativity and new ideas need to be encouraged and supported. It is therefore essential to support and stimulate the creative sector.

 

 

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Positive Health

We fully acknowledge that health and wellbeing are not just the absence of disease or infirmity. We believe in a more comprehensive definition that is in line with the concept of Positive Health as defined by Huber and colleagues, who define health as the ability to adapt and self-manage, in light of the physical, emotional and social challenges of life”. M:OED supports this comprehensive definition of health as it stands for self-empowerment and a widening of focus. This definition forces us to look at how our physical and mental health are influenced by our sense of purpose, our quality of life, our daily functioning and our level of involvement with our community. This definition also acknowledges that someone with a physical health issue can still be healthy when being able to manage their condition well, allowing him/her to still participate in society with a sense of purpose and a high quality of life.In order to make Maastricht a positive healthy city, changes are required.

 

 

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Poverty Policy

Poverty is a complex problem that goes hand in hand with problems within education and health care. It is therefore crucial that with regards to integration, participation and health care, an integral policy must be established in which all involved parties cooperate. In addition, more freedom of choice is required and less unnecessary pressure on people in the welfare system. In the current welfare system people are obliged to spend a lot of their time on applying for jobs and other reintegration activities in which people often are kept occupied without it actually leading to a (long-term) paid job. The causes of poverty as well as the consequences (e.g. social isolation) of poverty need to be addressed.

 

 

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Renewable Maastricht

A city with power in its own hands

M:OED sees a city that is transitioning. Moving towards an energy neutral and green future from which all inhabitants benefit. A city with power in its own hands. To achieve this goal, Maastricht needs to adopt an energy policy based on new, renewable sources of energy owned by the community.

Sustainability is no longer a choice. Global warming is a problem that affects all, and when it comes to solutions we should take a leading role. That is why we support the goal to make Maastricht energy neutral by 2030, as formulated in the Maastricht Energy Accords. In this context it is paramount that we reduce our carbon footprint to an absolute minimum. Especially with regard to construction and transport in our city, M:OED sees great opportunities for CO2-reduction. Furthermore, we see a growing awareness among citizens, which needs to be encouraged. In schools, businesses, and in the neighbourhoods it should become clear that sustainability is not only necessary, but also potentially rewarding. This process can be spurred on through subsidies for experiments with innovative, sustainable projects that include the local population.

 

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Connected City

Maastricht Connected

M:OED believes in a city that is accessible to all. Not only to its own residents and businesses, but for commuters and visitors alike. We want better connections to cities surrounding us, on a local and international level, such as Brussels, Cologne, Paris and beyond. No matter if the preferred mode of transport is bus, car, train, bike, plane or tram, in the future traveling in and out of the city should be fast and easy in a sustainable and affordable way.

 

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Maastricht 2.0

A city with less 📝 and more 💁

M:OED envisions an empowered society. A society in which corruption and inefficiency are terms of the past; where politics and policies are transparent, innovative and participatory. Therefore, we want to make use of creative digital concepts and state-of-the-art solutions to re-establish trust in the government and empower people consistently. We wish to establish increased means of participatory democracy, as we value our citizens input and want to reward those willing to partake its improvement. We consider ourselves pioneers of innovation and change.

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Contact us

If you like to request more information about the M:OED party, contact us via 0647122099 or send an email to welcome@stemvoormoed.nl

Partijkantoor M:OED
Looiersgracht 4
6211 JK Maastricht