Although consuming might make us happy, the end of uncontrollable growth of economies is near. We see an increase in both climate destruction and the gap between rich and poor. Is capitalism - our economic system aimed at efficiency, profit and growth - nearing its final days? And if so, what would be a suitable alternative?

Changing one economic system for another is not something that happens overnight. That's why Waag decided to turn it into a game. Even better: we organise a four-day festival aimed at playing games, considering their rules and then breaking them all! Come find us from 22-25 September on various locations in Amsterdam.

Please note: all programmes will be in Dutch. Check the schedule in Dutch.

Thursday 22 September

Future Talks #5

Future Talks

Location: Pakhuis de Zwijger
Time: 20:00-22:00 hrs


Friday 23 September

Quantum Inspire - Better Future Now

Workshop & talk: Quantum Inspire

Location: De Waag, Nieuwmarkt 4 Amsterdam
Time: 16:00-18:30 hrs


Saturday 24 September

Better Future Now - kids workshop

Kids workshop: Make your own game

Location: OBA Bijlmerplein
Time: 11:00-13:00 uur


Better Future Now Festival - Game cafe

Gamechangers Café

Location: New Metropolis
Time: 13:00-23:00 hrs

Free access

Terra Nova minimaatschappij Lisa Hu

Workshop: Terra Nova Mini Society (all ages)

Location: New Metropolis Zuidoost
Time: 13:30 or 15:00 hrs (45 mins)



Musical Chairs, but different

Location: Amsterdamse Poort
Time: 13:00-17:00 hrs

Free access

Broke Ass Millionaires - Better Future Now

Broke Ass Millionaires: Styling on the Spot

Location: Amsterdamse Poort
Time: 13:00-17:00 hrs

Free access

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The Big Gamechanger Show

Location: New Metropolis
Time: 16:00 hrs


MOC Morele Ontwikkelingshulp Club - BFN

Moral Development Aid Club (MOC)

Location: New Metropolis Zuidoost (outside)
Time: 17:00-20:00 hrs

Free access

Diners - Better Future Now

Future Foods Maze

Location: New Metropolis Zuidoost
Time: 18:00-20:00 hrs
Please note: the maze includes a meal, which is why registration requires a payment of 10 euros or 2,50 euros if discount is necessary for your finances.


Music Makes Change - Better Future Now

Music Makes Change

Location: New Metropolis Zuidoost
Time: 20:00 - 21:30 hrs


Blokkenschema Better Future Now - zaterdag

Sunday 25 September

Wandeltour Better Future Now

Better Future Now-tour

Location: De Groene Hub (Holendrechtplein)
Tijd: 13:30-17:30 hrs


Practical information

  • All events are free, except for the dinner. For some workshops and tours registration is needed. Otherwise they are free to access.
  • For the Music Makes Change programme, we ask visitors to plan an hour of voluntary work with one of the participating organisations.