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. 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?
Together we investigated the landscape and then developed service concepts using the Dam as an example currency and the sharing economy as inspiration.
Koen Verberne is entrepreneur and PhD researcher in the field of complementary currencies at the Open University. He has a background in cultural anthropology, philosophy and business administration. The main driver for Koen to do his PhD is to understand complementary currencies and their (potential) role in societies.
Ever since graduating (University of Amsterdam, 1993) Justien Marseille researches possible futures. Her focus is on paradigm shifts in economic, political and social beliefs. She aims to understand, explore and explain ‘Why some things (or people) are valued different in time and place’. In 1999, after 5 years of trend research in advertising and concept development, she founded ‘The Future Institute’, an attitude more than a company. In 2012 Marseille joined Creating 010, the Rotterdam University for Applied Science Research Centre on creative industry.
Originally from Scotland, Christine has lived in the Netherlands since 1989. She gained her Master’s degree in French Language and Literature from the University of Glasgow and works as a translator and editor. She is also an enthusiastic user and one of the founders of Dam, Rotterdam’s local currency system. She’s a great believer in the power of communities and taking things into your own hands and sees many advantages in being less dependent on big business and the banking system.