A systemic approach to sustainability.
Metabolic’s overarching mission is to transition the global economy to a fundamentally sustainable state.
A new economic model is necessary: one that ensures the wellbeing of all people and allows organizations to thrive without transgressing the safe boundaries of the earth’s natural systems. And we don’t have much time. Metabolic advises governments, businesses, and NGOs on how to adapt to a fast-changing global context, while creating disruptive solutions that can dramatically shift how the economy functions. We crunch data, provide strategies and tools, build pilots, and create new ventures that develop scalable solutions to critical problems. Core to achieving our mission is the transition to an economy that is regenerative and ‘circular’ by design.
A SYSTEMS APPROACH, GROUNDED IN DATA SCIENCE
We map and understand local and global systems to assess where we can intervene to have the biggest impact.
Data science helps us uncover granular information about impacts, risks, and opportunities, while our systems approach provides a holistic lens through which to understand how specific challenges are interrelated. Combining these approaches enables us to find critical intervention points and guide efforts towards the most effective outcomes.
THE METABOLIC PHILOSOPHY
We come from all over the globe with a range of backgrounds and perspectives, but when it comes to changing the world there are some things we all agree on.
Founded in 2012, Metabolic is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. A few highlights from the archives tell a little about our early history and how the Metabolic ecosystem has evolved over the years.
Metabolic founded in Rotterdam, the Netherlands
In 2012, Eva Gladek founded an organization that she believed could tackle some of the most urgent and critical sustainability challenges facing society. An industrial ecologist by training, Eva’s work focused on what we can learn from natural systems, and the power of viewing cities, companies, and sectors through a ‘Metabolic’ lens.
Taking action: The Cleantech Playground
Core to Metabolic’s mission was an urge to get outside of the traditional ‘sustainability consulting’ model and start turning ideas, concepts, and dust-gathering reports into real, functioning models. With this, we began our first iconic project – The Cleantech Playground – a blueprint for new urban development in two locations in Amsterdam North: a former shipyard turned office park called De Ceuvel, and a floating residential development named Schoonschip. (Render: space&matter).
Setting up Metabolic HQ in Amsterdam
As the Metabolic team grew and more ambitious projects hit the launchpad, the team decided to move Metabolic HQ to Amsterdam – a global frontrunner on sustainability and the circular economy.
Hareld van den Brink
Marta Sierra Garcia
Chandar van der Zande
Brian James Shaw
Pieter van Exter
JOIN OUR TEAM
We are a diverse group of data scientists, engineers, biologists, designers, systems scientists, and economists – and although we work on some pretty serious issues, we have a lot of fun doing it! Headquartered in Amsterdam, we have an international team that’s passionate about changing the way the economy functions. Find our open positions below.
Metabolic accepts open applications not tied to a specific position. Although we’re a small team, we’re always on the lookout for great people.