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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

New Era Economics: Disrupting the finance system

Since the recession of 2008/9, there has developed among commentators a view that the financial system, as it was structured up to 2007, was a major contributor to the crash. There are also well understood flaws in the system that, if they are not eliminated, are likely to be major barriers to supporting a sustainable, and socially just, economy.

Thursday 13 September, 10.45am (for 11.00am start) - 13.00.
IPPR, 4th Floor, 14 Buckingham Street, London WC2N 6DF

Issues such as short termism, the conflicts of interest between principal and agent in the investment supply chain, failure of the system to place value on environmental and social risks, and the sheer complexity of the financial markets, all play a role in steering capital away from socially useful purposes just at the time we need it most.

The Finance Innovation Lab has mapped a series of policy ideas designed to disrupt the finance system so that it can support people and the planet. Disruption can come from three directions: it can be imposed by government and regulators in a top down way, it can come from mainstream players changing the way they operate, or it can come from new business models rebuilding the system from the bottom up.

In this seminar, we will hear an overview from the Finance Innovation Lab of their most promising ideas for reforming finance in the UK.

Confirmed Speakers:
Chris Hewett, Fellow, The Finance Innovation Lab
Richard Werner, Director at the Centre for Banking, Finance and Sustainable Development, University of Southampton
Baroness Susan Kramer, Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords

The Finance Innovation Lab, a partnership between WWF UK and the Institute for Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW), has been creating a network of finance experts, NGOs, social entrepreneurs and academics dedicated to stimulating systemic change to the finance system that serves the public good.

To book a place at this event, please contact Amna Silim at or call 020 7470 6118.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

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