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Money, Power and People – the Independent Money Alliance Conference. 19-20 October, Glasgow

Reinventing money in the age of austerity.

19-20 October 2017
Partick Burgh Hall, Glasgow

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Join us for two days of talks, discussion, workshops, networking – and socialising! Meet financial activists from the UK and beyond, share learnings, be inspired by the latest innovation and challenge your preconceptions.

A must for anyone involved in the world of local and alternative currencies, as well as anyone interested in challenging the financial status quo, Money, Power and People will feature a mix of inspirational ideas and pragmatic help for local currency practitioners.

Money, Power and People will feature an incredible line-up of speakers and contributors. 

Confirmed so far:

Brett Scott is a journalist, campaigner and former derivatives broker. The author of The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money, his CV includes working on tax justice with Action Aid UK, and investigating food markets with the World Development Movement.

Fiona Archbold, Project Manager at Civilised Bank. Fiona started Tusmor to advise and help new banking start-ups and is the only person in the UK that has built two new retail banks, Metrobank and Ivo Bank, and a credit union, the Kensington & Chelsea Credit Union.

Rachel Oliver, Lead Organiser at Positive Money. After stints at Stop Aids and Crisis Action, Rachel campaigned for a few years at 38 Degrees, before joining Positive Money.

Tony Greenham leads the Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing programme at The RSA. He is a chartered accountant and former investment banker with experience in social and environmental NGOs, including NEF.

Patrick Harvie is Co-Convenor of the Scottish Green Party and has been an MSP for Glasgow since 2003. He is a member of Holyrood’s Finance and Standards committees.

The New Economics Foundation – “the only people-powered think-tank”. Its aim is to help build a “new economy where people are really in control”.

Positive Money is a UK-based, global movement for a fair, democratic and sustainable money system.

The Finance Innovation Lab was founded by WWF-UK and ICAEW in 2009 and incubates the people, ideas and movements building a financial system that serves people and planet.

With more contributors still to be confirmed…




Join us. Be part of the counter-currency.

Please join us at the launch of the

Independent Money Alliance

Wednesday July 19th, 12:30 (for 1pm) til 2pm,
Light refreshments will be provided.
The London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE

The Robert McKenzie Room
S219 (St Clement’s Building)
Dept of Sociology

Please RSVP to reserve your free place.

What the hell has happened to money?

Most of us haven’t got much – while a few have unimaginable wealth. The government tells us it has run out, while they let corporations off billions in tax. Struggling independent businesses are priced-out of town centres, as big brands fling the stuff at ever-increasing high street rents.

Nobody seems to know where it comes from, and it all too often simply vanishes.

We say enough is enough. Money isn’t working for ordinary people. It’s time we had an intervention.

It’s time for the Independent Money Alliance. 

The Independent Money Alliance is a space for anyone working in the world of alternative money to meet.

From local currencies to alternative payments, time banking to credit unions; co-ops, start-ups, coders, activists if you are involved in exploring the world of financial alternatives, we want to meet you.

And while we might not agree 100% on how to change the system, we all know that system needs to change. The Independent Money Alliance allows us to share our knowledge, skills and experience. To collaborate. To be inspired.

We have the answers within us – and the power – but to unlock it we need to work with each other.

Join us. Be part of the counter-currency.