Vancouver-based entrepreneur Mark Brand has always been interested in a million different things but two things he’s always had a heart for are food and the people of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside– aka the largest open-air drug market in North America. In this short profile Mark shares a bit about his project to introduce a closed currency in the form of plastic tokens that are only good for a sandwich at his restaurant, Save On Meats. This system is designed so that people can give those in need a token rather than money as the token itself is of so little value it can’t easily be exchanged for drugs or alcohol.

Mark is currently at Stanford d.school as an adjunct lecturer and has spent the last 18 months exploring the idea of a digital token. What if everyone could have access to this alternate closed currency which could provide more than just a sandwich? What if it could be used for healthcare, housing? Read Mark’s passionate Facebook post here.

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