Transforming Finance Conference 2019

By on February 10, 2019

Transforming Finance aims to address the practical potential of a socialist finance. It will analyse the dominant power of the global financial system and outline the various ways that people are organising to challenge this power. Its aims are to use academic knowledge and lived experience to answer an unresolved but deeply important question: how can we make finance work for rather than against society?

Since the financial crisis in 2008, ordinary people have needed to understand finance and its effect on our everyday lives. From the housing market and the NHS, to foreign wars and stagnant wages, finance touches on almost every aspect of the economy. The economic disruption was substantially caused by a deregulated finance sector that had been deliberately designed to facilitate greed and personal enrichment. Despite the sheer scale of the crisis becoming clear, many people have found it difficult to imagine an alternative to the current finance system.

The conference is brought to you by People’s Private Equity and the Institute of Political Economy, Governance, Finance & Accountability. At PPE we are pioneering new financial ideas, institutions and instruments designed to work for people, not profit. We explore finance’s role in society and the economy, and aim to use that knowledge to transform the finance sector. Join us as we discuss the scale of the problems we currently face, and develop practical solutions.

Our conference is open and inclusive, with something for everyone. A wide range of panels will appeal to people with different levels of knowledge and expertise. All are welcome, from financial novices through to academics and finance professionals.


Arrival from 10:00

Plenary, 10:30 – 12:00

  • Transforming Finance: How do we shift the balance of power from capital to workers?

Session 1, 12:15 – 13:15

  • Transforming macroeconomic financial institutions: Central bank & National investment bank
  • Transforming Workplaces: Pubs, clubs and culture
  • Introductory session: What is finance and why does it have so much power?

Lunch & Artbreak by PACTO Collective, 13:15-14:15

Session 2, 14:15 – 15:15

  • Building successful alternative financial institutions
  • Transforming Workplaces: Legal sector
  • Introductory session: Getting a job in the city

Tea break & Artbreak by PACTO Collective, 15:15 – 15:45

Final Plenary, 15:45 – 17:15

  • Transforming Finance: Next steps/ call to action – the stakes

Drinks reception 17:15

Confirmed speakers

Fran Boait – Executive Director at Positive Money

Brett Scott – Journalist, Campaigner, Author

Lavinia Steinfort – Researcher at Transnational Institute

Matthew Lawrence – Economist and former senior research fellow at IPPR

Ben Beach – Activist, organiser and architecture research student

Siôn Whellens – Cooperative worker at Calverts and director of Cooperative London

Jeff Powell – Senior lecturer in Economics at University of Greenwich

Adotey Bing-Pappoe, lecturer in Economics at University of Greenwich

Maria NikolaidiSenior lecturer in Economics at University of Greenwich

Laurie Macfarlane – Economics editor at openDemocracy

Costas Lapavitsas – Professor of Economics at SOAS

Grace Blakeley – Economics commentator & Research Fellow at IPPR

Transforming Finance Conference 2019 will be held at University of Greenwich Saturday 16th February 2019.

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