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Often we are presented with depressing reading materials, however when given the opportunity to be creative and solution oriented we are delighted in the effort.
Thus even as the globalists and the oligarchs are the policy makers for nation states on a determined path to world wars and financial collapse we are creative people with an opportunity to share solutions and alternatives.
Read on and join the fun! ~Ron
London and New York are the world’s most powerful financial centres. Financial intermediaries in these cities steer money across the globe, impacting all industries, governments and individuals. London and New York though, also host some of the world’s largest concentrations of social, environmental and economic justice campaigners.
There’s an opportunity here. By coming to grips with the financial sector, campaigners in these cities have an unparalleled potential for global impact. For many people though, access to the financial sector remains limited, and its workings appear obscure and alienating. I would like to help change that.
Who am I?
I’m Brett Scott, and I’m on a constant search for ways to redress the power asymmetries built into economic systems. I have a book published by Pluto Press called The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money
, which applies economic anthropology, gonzo exploration, hacker philosophy, DIY culture, and a bit of mischievousness to the world of high finance. I’ve been involved in various financial campaigns, including MoveYourMoneyUK, and I’m a Fellow of the Finance Innovation Lab. I also undertook a two-year adventure within mainstream finance, working as a derivatives broker. I’ve written for publications like The Guardian
, The New Internationalist
, The Ecologist
, and openDemocracy
, and I’ve been on such shows as BBC World Update, Arte TV & the Keiser Report. Here’s my LinkedIn profile
and my Twitter
I don’t like being called a financial expert, because the financial sector gains much of its strength by the imagined boundary between insiders and outsiders. I do, however, enjoy demystifying the sector and helping others undertake their own explorations of it. We often view finance as a niche area characterised by numbers, complex graphs, and professionals wielding obscure techniques, but the sector is in fact underpinned by human relationships, power dynamics and philosophical concepts that we all intuitively understand. Realising this is a great step towards keeping the financial commons open.
Earlier this year I got seed-funding for a London School of Financial Activism
. It’s still a work-in-progress but at its core LSFA is about experiential learning
, offering fun, adventurous, and experimental courses that immerse campaigners within the financial dark arts. We may, for example, visit a derivatives exchange, or see how a trading platform works by using one. We’ll look through the actual manuals that a J.P. Morgan M&A banker uses, and interact with financial models. We’ll analyse news stories in the Financial Times, taking on the persona of a fund manager, trader and corporate banker. We’ll seek to identify sources of disconnection in finance, and explore ways in which they may be reconnected. We can discuss alternative systems in Canary Wharf bars, test out alternative currencies and lending systems, and meet people with bold new ideas for future economies. I’ve started building the first set of workshops and will add more over time. Here are some examples:
Example 1: Hacking global finance – A guided workshop
We undertake a day-long adventure into the heart of global finance, partly structured and partly improvised. We answer questions by exploration, covering five major areas: 1) Money 2) The financial intermediaries that steer money around the world 3) The main instruments they use to do that 4) The major problems associated with that 5) How we might do it differently through alternative modes of finance
Read more: http://suitpossum.blogspot.com/p/chartered-financial-activism.html