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Report Launch - Financial Innovation Today: Towards Economic Resilience

Thursday 22 September 2016, 13:00 – 16:30
Leeds Town Hall (Sullivan Room)

A buffet lunch plus tea and coffee will be provided.

crowdfunding people and tree of notes

In an age of financial crisis and fiscal austerity, can money and finance be a force for good?

This event will launch the Bauman Institute’s report on the alternative finance movement in the UK.

Download the report here

Drawing upon interviews with senior figures in the UK’s fast-growing ‘alternative finance’ sector, we argue that alternative finance – such as crowdfunding, community shares, and peer-to-peer lending – has the potential to reclaim money as a social good and contribute to building a more democratic and resilient economy, particularly at local levels.

But questions remain over whether the alternative finance movement can continue to be ‘alternative’ to the mainstream finance industry – and what the implications of this might be for the sector and those exploring alternative funding streams in a context of fiscal austerity.


13:00 – 14:00 Buffet lunch with tea and coffee

14:00 – 14:30  Report presentation by Dr Mark Davis, Bauman Institute

14:30 – 14:45  Response by Anna Laycock, Finance Innovation Lab

14:45 – 15:30  Table discussion

15:30-15:45     Tea and coffee

15:45 – 16:15  Plenary: tables report to room and general discussion

16:15 – 16:30  Closing remarks


This event is FREE, but you will need to register to attend. Please book your place at


This research was funded by a grant from the Friends Provident Foundation