Engage network – 8th october

The sharing economy provides many new opportunities to do business, for utilising your underused resources and meet new people. Lately, however, some disadvantages seem to be getting in the way – employee rights being violated, legal and regulatory obstruction and sometimes very high commission for the platforms – and these aspects do not create the most beneficial situation for you.

More and more, complementary currencies are being used as an alternative to euros and other national currencies. Examples are Bitcoin, time currencies and local currencies like Dam in Rotterdam. These trade and payment systems strengthen local economies, increase profit for SMEs and the self-employed and help anybody with a shortage of cash but plenty of capabilities. Why are they an alternative, why are they growing?

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Together we will investigate the landscape and then develop service concepts using the Dam as an example currency and the sharing economy as inspiration. The aim is to create something concrete: a real idea to experiment with as a service design. You could even launch it on the Dam market before it is ready and test it out!

Open a personal Dam account and your 5 euro opening fee will be converted to Dam immediately, which you can then use to pay for your ticket to this event. The special Engage account also gives you access to 5 Dam interest-free credit!


17:30 – 17:50 Registration

17:50 – 18:00 Introduction

18:00 – 18:20 Koen Verberne, PhD Researcher Complementary Currencies at Open University

18:20 – 18:40 Justien Marseille, Creating 010, The Future Institute

18:40 – 19:00 Christine Gardner, Dam

19:00 – 19:30 Break

19:30 – 20:30 Develop a Business Idea using Complementary/Hybrid Payments

20:30 – 21:00 Present ideas, upload proposals

21:00 – 21:30 Closing Remarks and Networking Drinks



Entrance fee is €5, simply to cover the expenses for the drinks that will be provided during the event. You can pay at the door as well.

You can register on Eventbrite.



The event will be hosted at Hogeschool Rotterdam.

Wijnhaven 107
3013 AA Rotterdam

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@engagerotterdam.com.