I joined the Dutch distribution system operator Alliander to start a career at a company that plays a significant role amidst the transition to a sustainable world. After a couple of rotations through the company, I started working at the group of strategic alliances, from which we support the formation of the Global Smart City & Community Coalition (GSC3). We focus on creating collaborative efforts of key stakeholders around urban challenges, which is much needed in the field of smart cities. The Global Smart City and Community Coalition - GSC3 - is a network organization of cities, communities and regions to share solutions pursuing sustainable living worldwide. It is a platform for civic collaboration by sharing challenges, best practices and verified solutions and thus we help in the formation of ecosystems to kick-off new projects, and align with key stakeholders. We started June 2015 at the NIST GCTC with the inclusion of Amsterdam, Austin, Bandung, Charlotte, Chicago, Eindhoven, The Hague and Genoa.