Annet van Otterloo is a projectmanager for Wijkcooperatie. With a series of projects Freehouse works on an inclusive, integral development of an area in the south part of Rotterdam (NL). It tests and creates new forms, new models for organizing a neighborhood and the city. In 2013 Freehouse founded the Afrikaanderwijk Cooperative, a Cooperative on the scale of the neighborhood.
The cooperative creates opportunities through the provision of skill-based labour, trainings, services, and products to enhance the self-organizing ability while trying not to waste talent and human capital. It stimulates sustainable local production, cultural development, knowledge exchange, and entrepreneurship, combined with shared responsibility and participation. The result is a self-organized and self-run body that continues to create local, self-produced economic opportunities, leverage political power to shift policy, and negotiate economic advantages. It also develops local skills and self-certifications, strengthens resilient intercultural networks, and tries to create a radical form for self-governance of the area and reinvest profits directly into the local community.
Annet van Otterloo has a background in (social) history and has a broad experience in (art) projects in public space.