The phrase 'future of money' is frequently used by the mainstream financial industry to refer to cosmetic changes to the user-experience layer of finance.
The future is supposed to be a world of endless digital convenience and customisability, with seamless interfaces and gadgets that allow you to interact with banks at greater speed and with more ease. The vision, however, seldom includes any political critique of finance and seldom imagines possibilities beyond the existing cartels of banks and payments intermediaries. Furthermore, the vision pushed out is often based on flawed notions of money and the history of money.
Workshop attendees will:
- Explore what money is
- Break down traditional histories of how money came to be
- Explore the deeper changes we can make to money and banking systems
- Emerge with a clear notion of what it will take to challenge the power of the banking industry
Brett Scott explores economic system and wrote The Heretic's Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money (Pluto Press: 2013). He has also written for publications including The Guardian, Wired, New Scientist, Aeon Mag and CNN.com and has appeared on shows such as BBC World Update, BBC Newsday, the Keiser Report, and Arte TV. Brett has worked as a broker, barman and blues musician, and is a Fellow at the Finance Innovation Lab. His twitter handle is @Suitpossum.