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ECONOMY: Book Launch

Tuesday 18 January 2022, 3-4.15pm


Crowdfunding and the Democratization of Finance

by Mark Davis and Bruce Davis

(Bristol University Press, 2021)

Tuesday 18th January, 3pm-4.15pm.


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At this online event, Dr Mark Davis (Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Leeds) and Bruce Davis (Co-founder and Joint Managing Director, Abundance Investment) discuss their new book Crowdfunding and the Democratization of Finance (Bristol University Press).

Do you know where your money is? More importantly, do you know what your money is doing?

Most of us feel confident that we know what money is. But few of us feel confident in taking responsibility for what our money does. We hand over the power of money to banks and mainstream finance with real, often damaging, consequences for people and planet.

A unique collaboration between an academic and a practitioner, this book tells the story of money, from ancient Athens to the Bitcoin revolution, to explain how crowdfunding is the way for people to reclaim the power of their money in pursuit of a fairer and greener society.

"A sociologically astute and impassioned critique of the financial institutions that currently dominate us, which outlines a clear, practical and democratic alternative. This is a major step towards the rethinking and remaking of money." William Davies, Goldsmiths, University of London

"For too long, the democratization of finance has merely channelled people’s money to intermediary institutions, professional elites and mainstream markets. Building on the potential of crowdfunding to empower circulations that are far more productive, Davis and Davis provide us with an alternative, progressive and practical agenda for people and planet." Paul Langley, Durham University" BUY THE BOOK

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