Alternative Economies: Radical Solutions

1-3-5 Flitcroft Street, London, WC2H 8DH | Thursday 10th MAY, 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. 

Four leaders in the field discuss our current reality, what got us to this point and where we are headed through through talks, a panel discussion and Q&A.

Learn more about the role we can play as individuals in turning the tide, the role of the community, localism, and the de-growth approach as we take back control.  



(Talk descriptions & bios below)

19.00 - Doors Open - drinks & vegan dinner

19.30 - 4 15 minute presentations

20.30 - break

20.45 - panel discussion & audience q&a

21.30 - drinks & VEGAN dinner

22.30 - End



Anna Laycock, The Finance Innovation Lab - The Power in our Hands: Breaking the Myths about Money

David Clarke, Positive Money - Money And The Banking System In Driving Inequality And Environmental Degradation, And How Reforming It Can Support A Fairer And More Sustainable Economy

Adam Rich, Bristol Pound & STIR to Action - Local Economies & The Commons

Mar Häusler - New Paradigm Economics & Exploration of 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.



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Adam is Director and Designer at Stir to Action, a quarterly magazine on the new economy. He is coordinating Stir to Action’s upcoming conference, Reimagining Churches: from Conservation to Co-operation for autumn 2018, and supports Unlocking the Next Economy and Stir To Action workshops. 

Adam also creates videos through Enfable and has worked with the Bristol Pound and Exeter Pound. He likes engaging folk with socially progressive goings on and making complex ideas simpler through creative design.



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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


Mar Häusler studied Economics (BSc) and embarked on a career as a financial trader in London. After a highly successful career working for prestigious investment banks, she became disillusioned with the system and left to explore her spiritual path full time. In 2016 she graduated form Schumacher College in the UK with a Masters in Economics for Transition. This allowed her to integrate her past experience as a trader and explore new ways of living life. She is working with people to transition from a prescribed way of living and working for money, to a holistic life where moneys serves to create abundance through aligning with ones life purpose.