Exploring the Past, Present and Future of Money

by Edd Baldry
Saturday 14th October 2017
Holyoake House, Hanover St, Manchester, M60 0AS.
£60-£40 (£30 Webinar)
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The phrase 'future of money' is frequently used by the mainstream financial industry to refer to cosmetic changes to the user-experience layer of finance. The future is supposed to be a world of endless digital convenience and customisability, with seamless interfaces and gadgets that allow you to interact with banks at greater speed and with more ease. The vision, however, seldom includes any political critique of finance and seldom imagines possibilities beyond the existing cartels of banks and payments intermediaries. Furthermore, the vision pushed out is often based on flawed notions of money and the history of money.

The Workshop

— We will explore what money is.

— Break down traditional histories of how it came to be.

— Explore the deeper changes we can make to money and banking systems. 

— Participants will come out with a clear notion of what it will take to challenge the power of the banking industry.

Facilitator Profile

I explore economic systems. I wrote The Heretic's Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money (Pluto Press: 2013). I've written for publications like TheGuardianWired, New Scientist, Aeon Mag and have appeared on shows such as BBC World Update, BBC Newsday, the Keiser Report, and Arte TV. I've worked as a broker, barman and blues musician, and I'm a Fellow at the Finance Innovation Lab. I tweet as @Suitpossum.

In Partnership with


The Co-operative College is a British educational charity dedicated to the promotion of co-operative values, ideas and principles within co-operatives, communities and society.

Co-operative College, Holyoake House, Hanover St, Manchester M60 0AS.

* Webinar participants will be able to stream live video of the workshop, view presentations and put questions to the facilitator. For a full explanation of attending via webinar, please email

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