Our Mission

Metabolic was founded in 2012 with the mission to transition the global economy towards a fundamentally sustainable state.

 

Metabolic is a consulting and venture building company that uses systems thinking to tackle global sustainability challenges.

 

 

We work towards our mission in three main ways:

1. INSIGHTS:

We provide influential organisations and individuals with the knowledge and tools to understand the global metabolism and support improved decision-making.

2. IMPLEMENTATION:

We develop transformative ventures and technologies, and support existing networks that can address sustainability challenges at scale.

3. ACTIVATION:

We are inspiring a new generation of changemakers by breaking down complex information and by providing actionable resources.

 

 

Our work is guided by the ‘Metabolic Philosophy’, a set of five core principles:

THINK IN SYSTEMS

Solving our biggest challenges requires always addressing them as a holistic system. By focusing on these systems, and the leverage points within them, we can ensure we affect the most impactful changes.

DO EPIC SHIT

The world needs big ideas and organizations who have the courage to follow through on making them a reality. Setting ambitious goals, engaging in epic projects, and expecting a lot from ourselves defines our culture.

COLLABORATE

The challenges we all face can’t be solved alone. We work together with other organizations to maximise impact. We also ensure our work is accessible and easy to build upon by supporting the open source community.

MAKE IT FLY

Ideas are only as good as the actions they lead to. Our work is practical and scalable, so it can really take off. We also innovate around new solutions and turn these ideas into ventures that can accelerate the transition to a circular and sustainable economy.

EMPOWER OTHERS

We believe everyone has the potential to achieve great things. We invest in individual development and encourage the entrepreneurial spirit in us all. And where we see other organizations doing amazing things, we help them to grow.

History

Metabolic was founded by Eva Gladek in 2012. Our team is comprised of experts across technical and social disciplines from around the world.

June
2012

Founded Metabolic and established our first office at NDSM in Amsterdam North

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September
2012

Began working with Schoonschip and De Ceuvel to develop the Cleantech Playground concept

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January
2013

Our team grew to 8 people and set up camp in East Amsterdam

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February
2013

Began construction on De Ceuvel

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March
2013

Rented our first workshop at New Energy Docks

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April
2013

Initiated partnership with Circle Economy

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June
2013

Moved our office into the former Shell Tower

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July
2013

Started collaboration with KWR, AWWS and Waternet to investigate decentralized water systems at the Cleantech Playground

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August
2013

Moved our workshop to Chrysantenstraat

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October
2013

Moved our office to New Energy Docks

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December
2013

Started our annual tradition of a company retreat to Cortils, an ecological estate in Belgium

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March
2014

Built our first Energy Trailer prototype from an old horsetrailer

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March
2014

Founded Metabolic Foundation and began first project in Thailand

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April
2014

Piloted micro utility services at festivals along with our compost toilets and sanitation solution

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May
2014

Added greenhouse to the side of our office to test food production systems

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June
2014

Officially opened De Ceuvel

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February
2015

Moved our headquarters to a former sports park in Amsterdam North being transformed into an agriculture research and experimentation zone

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March
2015

Launched Circular Buiksloterham and signed the manifesto with key stakeholders

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April
2015

Spectral kicked off the 2015 festival season at DGTL

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May
2015

Incorporated our micro utilities activities as Spectral

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June
2015

Hosted the Opening of the Cleantech Playground at De Ceuvel

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Partners

We work with a variety of organizations to get things done. We're proud of our partners and the community we're building together.

Team

Metabolic is composed of an international team of over 20 people that have a wide variety of expertise.

Work With Us

Metabolic works with a broad network of entrepreneurs, foundations, governments, corporations, tech companies, and communities. You can find our open positions below.

Foundation

Metabolic Foundation is Metabolic's non-profit arm dedicated to building capacity in disadvantaged urban communities by increasing access to tools, knowledge, and resources.

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Experience has taught us that providing people the means and the training to make changes in their own lives and communities is the most effective and fulfilling pathway. We focus our efforts on establishing maker spaces inside urban communities and helping community groups in all areas of the world do the same. We're also developing solutions that enable local groups to configure and install decentralized water, energy, and sanitation services. To learn more about Metabolic Foundation, visit our website.