Alternative Economies: The Banks, The Myths & The Earth
1-3-5 Flitcroft Street, London, WC2H 8DH | wednesday 6th june, 7pm-10.30pm
We all know that our current economic system isn't working. It is an economy based on ravaging the Earth's finite resources and on immense social injustice. To ensure a more democratic, sustainable and prosperous future we need to look to radical, ethical solutions that go beyond the debt-growth trap. We need to find an economic system where ecological sustainability, social justice, and financial stability go hand in hand: an economy that meets the needs of all, not just the privileged few, and allows us to thrive.
Join David Clarke from Positive Money and Anna Laycock from The Finance Innovation Lab to get your head around our economic and banking systems. Bring questions and concerns and learn more about the role we can play as individuals in turning the tide.
(Talk descriptions & bios below)
19.00 - Doors Open
19.15 - 2 talks
20.00 - panel discussion & audience q&a
21.00 - drinks & snacks
21.30 - End
Anna Laycock, The Finance Innovation Lab - The Power in our Hands: Breaking the Myths about Money
David Clarke, Positive Money - Reforming Money and Banking for a Fairer, More Sustainable Economy
The UK economy is stuck in a rut, with low investment, stagnant incomes and wealth is concentrated in the hands of fewer and fewer people. David Clarke will explain how the money and banking system is at the root of our current malaise, with the interests of the financial sector prioritised above the needs of the wider economy. David will outline Positive Money's vision for a new system that's fit for the challenges we face.
HEAD OF ADVOCACY & POLICY AT POSITIVE MONEY
David leads Positive Money’s work on policy development, political influencing and media relations. He previously worked for ShareAction, where he campaigned for greater democracy and accountability in the investment system. David holds a degree in Politics from the University of York.
Positive Money are a team of researchers and campaigners working with economists, academics, journalists, policy makers and the public to bring about a fairer money and banking system. To deal with the big social, economic and environmental challenges we’re facing today, we need to transform our money and banking system. Positive Money’s vision is for a fair, democratic, and sustainable economy which provides affordable homes, brings down inequality and doesn’t cause financial crises. Their staff team and wider network of supporters campaign and do research on six main areas including digital cash, QE for people, and making our banks work for us.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE FINANCE INNOVATION LAB
Anna leads the Finance Innovation Lab’s work for a financial system that serves people and planet. The Lab incubates the people and ideas with the potential to positively disrupt finance: innovators developing new business models, campaigners changing the rules of the game, and professionals seeking to change the system from the inside out.
Anna is an Associate of the St Paul’s Institute, a Trustee of the Just Finance Foundation, an Associate of the Institute for Social Banking, and a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). She has been a judge for the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards and Young Banker of the Year, and in 2017 she was recognised as one of the leading Women in Social Enterprise and on the Women in Fintech Powerlist.
Prior to joining the Lab, Anna worked in sustainable finance in the UK and internationally. She has previously worked in international development, campaigning, impact assessment, and community development. She holds an MSc in Global Ethics and has written for a wide range of publications including the Guardian, Stir to Action, Pioneers Post and the New Statesman. @anna_luise www.financeinnovationlab.org