IGP Events

Soundbites and Director's Seminars: Rethinking how we finance prosperity

Thursday 7 October, 2021 |



Announcing the 2021 Autumn Soundbites and Director's Seminars, a series of public events hosted by the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity

This series seeks to rethink the relationship between finance and prosperity. The term prosperity is often understood in relation to wealth, and in the contemporary world, wealth is often produced through financial capitalism. However, new ideas about inclusive and sustainable prosperity are being co-produced with diverse communities, based on what people living in different places really value. This work foregrounds ideas about good work, decent housing, education, political voice, better health outcomes and working within ecological systems. In order to realise these diverse aspirations, we urgently need new forms of finance – understood as practices, products and ethos – that can enable pathways to inclusive prosperity. Talks in this series ask how can – and how is – finance being rethought and reconfigured to produce, circulate and support value for the majority of the world’s population? Speakers will examine current modes of financing and outline alternatives and visions of what we can – and must – do differently in order to finance real prosperity.

Upcoming Soundbites

7 October, 13.00-14.00: Co-producing financially inclusive systems for a sustainable and just world, Sian Williams (Toynbee Hall)

21 October, 13.00-14.00: Power and purpose: transforming the UK financial system for people and planet, Jesse Griffiths (The Finance Innovation Lab)

4 November, 13.00-14.00: Raising community finance to repower London, Afsheen Kabir Rashid (Repowering)

25 November, 13.00-14.00: Open Banking, Money Management and Mental Health, Bailey Kursar (Touco Lab)

9 December, Financialisation and the Care Crisis, Adrienne Buller (Common Wealth)

Upcoming Director's Seminars:

14 October, 16.00-18.00: The digital refugee economy: an opportunity to leapfrog towards prosperity? Andreas Hackl (University of Edinburgh)

28 October, 16.00-18.00: Title TBC, Daniela Gabor (UWE Bristol)

18 November, 16.00-18.00: Rentiers of the Green Economy? Rethinking Finance and Ownership Models for a Low-Carbon Transition, Sarah Knuth (Durham University)

2 December, 16.00-18.00: Minimising pain, maximising joy: what is prosperity in a world of dispossession, disposability and violence? Gargi Bhattacharyya (University of East London)

16 December, 16.00-18.00: Joint event with The Bartlett Development Planning Unit on Zoonoses

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