Money and Society Summit London

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University of Cumbria Docklands Campus

58 East India Dock Road


E14 6JE

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“The Money and Society Summit 2: Enabling the Credit Commons" is a free unconference to learn and plan together. Participants from across the UK will develop ideas for future activities that maximise the positive societal impacts of complementary currency innovation.

The event is facilitated by Professor Jem Bendell with expert contributions from complementary currency experts Matthew Slater (Community Forge), and Leander Bindewald (IFLAS).

This event is an entirely non commercial voluntary activity. No fees for participants or payments to the convenors. You are responsible for your own travel, accommodation, sustenance, insurance, visas and logistics. Please take note that none of the convenors will aid with any of those matters prior or during the event.

Participants will all be Alumnus of the Money and Society MOOC (see here). If you have not completed this free online course, we ask you to study the cohort starting 19th February 2017. The Provisional Agenda of the summit follows below.

If you would like to receive more training than the MOOC then consider the Sustainable Exchange Certificate, which takes place over 5 days in London, starting April 19th.

If you are unable to attend but would like to attend a similar event in your country please email Matthew Slater on

In return for free registration, we ask you to promote the Money and Society MOOC to your contacts when you register, using the link


58 East India Dock Rd, Poplar, London E14 6JE, UK

Nearest station is Westferry Road, on the Docklands Light Railway.


930am – Registration

Arrive in time for a coffee and not to miss the start

1000am – Welcome: Professor Jem Bendell and Leander Bindewald

Your hosts outline the intention and agenda for the day and highlight who is participating. Please be ready to say where you are from and where you are headed on matters of money and society.

1015am - Building the Credit Commons – Matthew Slater

Hear the latest on a proposal for a protocol, API, blockchain and system of governance that could change the world and make Bitcoin look like child’s play.

1045am – Introduction to Open Space Method: Leander Bindewald

As participants, you can bring the issues you want to host discussions on and the process is described here.

1100am – Break

Don’t go far, and take time to clarify what you will say if you are going to invite a discussion

1115am – Presentation of Topics for Open Space

Each participant who wants to host a discussion will present in this time, with strict limits to ensure we hear from everyone who want to propose a topic.

1145am – Open Space Session 1

Join a discussion of your choice. Move on to another if you want. Some topics may need to be schedule in session 2.

1245 – Lunch

Self-pay. We recommend you bring food or choose a restaurant nearby as there is no catering on site.

145pm - The Trading Floor Game: Matthew Slater and Jem Bendell

A game that helps us understand how money influences us. Invented by Matthew and Sybille, now delivered around the world.

230pm - Open Space Session 2

Re-join a discussion, or choose another one.

330pm – Break

Don’t go far, and if you hosted a session, take time to clarify the insights you want to tell the group

345pm – Key Complementary Currency Trends: a panel of special guests.

Three expert practitioners answer questions from participants on what is most interesting in this field, from an interest in either education, economy, or values. To be announced.

430pm – Feedback from Open Space Facilitators

If you hosted a discussion you can share quick insights.

500pm – Plenary, including Offers and Wants

Please don’t leave without sharing your ideas and anything you can offer or would like support on, so all participants can hear from you.

530pm – Close

Some will continue the conversation in local cafes.

Key questions that could be explored using the Open Space Technology format:

- Technological opportunities and challenges for scaling complementary currencies

- Governance practices to enable scaling

- Resilience of complementary currencies to shocks from politics, economics or climate

- Gaining support from policy makers and donors

- Pros, cons and best practices in relationships with private enterprise and venture capital

- Promoting the Credit Commons as both idea and infrastructure

- Your own project

Ahead of attending the Summit please read the Credit Commons whitepaper:

This event is part of the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability's (IFLAS) celebration of the 10th anniversity of the University of Cumbria, where we host 10 free public events in 2017. More free events are listed at

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University of Cumbria Docklands Campus

58 East India Dock Road


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United Kingdom

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