Datum en tijd

  • ma, 01 februari 2021
  • 14:00 ‑ 15:30

Publiek event




Circulaire Economie

Blue Economy Night 2021 – The Quarantine Edition

If there’s any time to make a radical shift towards a new economy, it’s now. With the pandemic, ecological and social crises, we see that the way in which we have organized our economic system no longer works. They’re all intertwined and are forcing humanity worldwide to rethink the foundations of our economy. How do we arrive at an economy in which exponential and extractive growth is no longer central, but the boundaries of people and the planet are respected?

We at BlueCity believe we do this not only by thinking, but above all by doing. So that we can show the world how things can be done differently. In this special quarantine edition of the annual Blue Economy Night, we look back on five years BlueCity and forward at what a new economy should look like. One in which entrepreneurship and gut feeling are working together on the new economy. And in which we look at a resilient, healthy local economy that is good for everyone. What have we learned? What has the crisis meant and how do we see the future? During the Dutch Week of the Circular Economy, we stream a 90 minute radio show, live from the empty swimming pool in the heart of BlueCity, to talk and discuss five years of doing. What are the biggest lessons? It’s time for action. So let’s begin.


Due to the COVID-19 measurements, this year’s Blue Economy Night will take place in the form of a 90 minute during radio show. You can stream the radio show via YouTube, LinkedIn or Facebook (no Facebook account required).


At the annual Blue Economy Night we gather frontrunner entrepreneurs on stage who are working on a blue economy. The Blue Economy means a different economical mindset. The basic needs are taken care of by that which is locally available. Based on the way nature works, inspired by collaboration instead of competition. We provide you with new insights from the most innovative projects. The Blue Economy has the intrinsic goal to create new jobs and build op social capital without polluting or exhausting the (natural) surroundings. A well known example is Rotterdam’s own Rotterzwam. So if you are interested in the circular economy, sustainability or just doing business in a highly innovative way, come and get inspired by those that do!


The time is now! – with Gunter Pauli

Gunter Pauli, also known as the founding father of the Blue Economy and author of the book The Blue Economy. Gunter Pauli will reflect on why the blue economy is more relevant than ever. How does he foresee the future? And what role does a place like BlueCity play in the realisation of the blue economy?

 5 years BlueCity – with Sabine Biesheuvel

A little over 5 years ago, Sabine Biesheuvel and Wouter Veer founded BlueCity. The past years have been a ride – what have they learned and how do we move forward?

New perspectives on food and ownership with, among others, Mark Slegers

Mark Slegers is co-founder of rotterzwam. More speakers to be announced.

The livable city: an economy that supports us all with, among others, Najah Aouaki.

More speakers to be announced.

Week van de Circulaire Economie

Dit evenement vindt plaats tijdens de Week van de Circulaire Economie. De Week van de Circulaire Economie is een initiatief van Het Versnellingshuis, een landelijk programma dat het Nederlandse bedrijfsleven helpt circulair te ondernemen. Het is een samenwerkingsverband van het Ministerie van Infrastructuur en WaterstaatMVO NederlandHet Groene Brein, VNO-NCW en MKB-Nederland.

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