We often imagine finance as a realm of daunting skyscrapers, complex
mathematical models and men with suits, but the foundations of the
financial sector are much more intuitive and basic, rooted in cultural
and political systems.
On Day 1 we will explore these
foundations from the ground up. We will cover money, financial
instruments and the financial institutions that create them, and map out
the major problems created by the financial sector. This will allow us
to then explore how to rewire the sector to achieve social and
ecological justice, so on Day 2 we will play with, and develop, creative ideas on
alternative money, alternative financial instruments and alternative
financial institutions. Can you build our own investment bank for social
change? Come and join us!
Booking information: If you book '1-day', you can either join us for Day 1—focused on demystifying finance—or Day 2, which will be working on new financial ideas and prototyping new models and tools. Booking '2-day' will allow you to join us for the whole weekend workshop.
What participants will leave with
– An understanding of the global financial system and its problem
– An overview of social and environmentally positive alternatives to mainstream finance
– The chance to prototype your own alternative finance project
– The chance to meet others with a similar interest in building a sustainable and fair economy
Brett Scott is a journalist, campaigner and former derivatives broker. He is the author of The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money (Pluto
Press: 2013). He works on financial reform, alternative finance and
economic activism with a wide variety of NGOs, artists and students,
including groups like Action Aid, Global Justice Now!, OpenOil, and
MoveYourMoney UK. He is also a Fellow of the Finance Innovation Lab, and
helps facilitate a course on power and design at the University of the
Arts London. He tweets as @suitpossum
This workshop is being hosted in partnership with the Bristol Pound, the UK’s first city wide local currency, the first to have electronic accounts managed by a regulated financial institution, and the first that can be used to pay some local taxes. The Bristol Pound is run as a not-for-profit partnership between the Bristol Pound Community Interest Company and Bristol Credit Union.