iNSnet started in 2002 as a web project for collecting and disseminating best practices in sustainability. The project was awarded ‘Best Environmental Database 2004’ by the Free University of Brussels. In 2005 the iNSnet Foundation was incorporated.
In 2006 iNSnet took part in the Footprint Forum in Siena, Italy, where the Ecological Footprint Standards were set up and issued, coordinated by Mathis Wackernagel and the Global Footprint Network.
Also in 2006, iNSnet initiated a trend setting online research project into sustainable consumer behavior in the Netherlands, the ‘Duurzaamheidmonitor‘, and introduced a now leading website for sustainability news in NL: Duurzaamnieuws.nl.
In 2007 founder and chairman Peter van Vliet concluded a training in Arlington, VA as a Implications Wheel, strategic explorations coach. The Implications Wheel methodology is developed by futurologist Joel Barker and enables organizations to effectively identify future opportunities and threats, and adjust their strategies accordingly.
From 2008 on, iNSnet initiated and co-initiated a number of projects:
Zonvogel, one of the first Dutch cooperatives for solar energy;
Platform for solidary and sustainable economy, DSE; Repair Cafe, Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things (together). In the place where a Repair Café is located, you’ll find tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need. Read about Repair Cafe in the New York Times.
Until 2010 iNSnet published an international online news service, which was re-introduced in 2021.