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.
In this workshop 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. 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!
Day One: we will work on demystifying the financial sector, uncovering the deep problems built into its design.
Day Two: we will explore and assess existing attempts to build alternative money systems, alternative financial instruments, and alternative financial institutions
Day Three: we will build our own creative prototypes and test them. Whether you already have ideas for economic alternatives, or just want to be inspired to learn something new, the workshop will provide the ideal opportunity to test out bold, unorthodox ideas in a supportive, fun environment.
Booking information: Lunch and breakfast is provided for both residential and non-residential participants as part of the course cost.
– 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 the author of The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money (2013). He works on financial reform, alternative finance and economic activism with a wide variety of NGOs, artists, students and start-ups, and writes for publications such as The Guardian, New Scientist, Wired Magazine and CNN.com. He produced the 2016 UNRISD report on blockchain technology, and is a Fellow of the Finance Innovation Lab, an Associate at the Institute of Social Banking and an advisory group member of the Brixton Pound. He helps facilitate a course on power and design at the University of the Arts London, and facilitates workshops on alternative finance with The London School of Financial Arts. He tweets as @suitpossum