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Date : Monday, 04 December 2017
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1st Change Finance Forum

Economic and Financial Affairs
Date: Monday, 04 December 2017 14:00 - 17:30

Venue: The Square  |  City: Bruxelles, Belgium


Ten years after the financial crisis, Finance Watch wants to revive a powerful call for structural financial reform by bringing together civil society, academia, experts, sustainable finance/economy practitioners, foundations, and engaged citizens to share emerging ideas, concrete solutions and ongoing initiatives to push for financial reform globally. 

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Bringing together...

  • A movement of civil society organizations
  • A network of academics and experts
  • A coalition of sustainable business & economy practitioners, as well as foundations
  • Voices of engaged citizens

... to build a common understanding of...

  • WHY the financial system was not transformed following the crisis
  • WHAT needs to change in finance to resolve the current economic, social and environmental imbalances
  • HOW we measure the current state and the progress towards the changes we need
  • WHAT coordinated actions should be taken to trigger and sustain transformation

... to prepare the launch of a co-created and joint Global Change Finance Campaign in 2018.


#10YearsAfter the biggest financial crisis since the Wall Street Crash of 1929, most experts agree that the financial system has barely changed. In fact, many point to an imminent crash, as generous monetary policies – already used after the dotcom crisis – fed new financial bubbles. These policies, combined with the failure of the G20 to reform the financial system, contributed to a prolonged economic slump and rising inequalities.

But there is some good news:

  • World leaders have agreed upon ambitious societal goals such as the Paris Agreement and the broader Sustainable Development Goals. They also recognize that a major challenge to realize these goals is to re-direct large financial flows.
  • Populations are giving clear signals that they want fundamental change.
  • Civil society, academia and sustainable finance practitioners have built capacity... and are ready to create and sustain the broad coalition that they missed in the aftermath of the crisis!
  • We believe now is the time to get together and reach out for wide audience support!

High-level agenda of the Forum

The forum will consist of a mix of plenary sessions and thematic workshops
while allowing for proper networking time and space.

The 1st Change Finance Forum promises to be a dynamic and inclusive event. Its remarkable potential stems from the large number of contributing organisations, which include Finance Watch, Oxfam, CNCD- 11.11.11, Occupy Wall Street, Positive Money, SOMO, Public Interest Research Centre (New Delhi), ATTAC, New Economic Foundation, New B, Open Democracy, Greenpeace, Tax Justice Network, Eurodad, Centrale Nationale des Employés (CNE), Fondazione Finanza Etica, Transparency International, Stamp Out Poverty, Secours Catholique – Caritas France, Veblen Institute, WEED, European Federation of Ethical Banks and Alternative Financiers (FEBEA), Lita - among several others.


A cross-section of speakers will share their creative ideas and practical solutions for a reformed financial system. Some of these speakers include:

  • Micah White, Co-creator of the Occupy Wall Street movement, Author and Activist
  • Olivier De Schutter, Professor at UCL; Co-Chair, International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food); Member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • Fran Boait, Executive Director at Positive Money
  • John Christensen, Chair of the Board, Tax Justice Network
  • Kaori Shigiya, Private Sector Policy Advisor: Financial Sector, Oxfam UK
  • Peter Wahl, Member of the Scientific Council of ATTAC Germany; Board Member at World Economy, Ecology & Development (WEED)
  • Dirk Coeckelbergh, CEO, New B
  • Daniela Gabor, Associate Professor, University of the West of England, Bristol
  • Denis Dupré (PhD.) Professor of Ethics, Sustainable Development and Banking Risks at the Grenoble- Alpes University & the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble
  • Brett Scott, Campaigner, former broker, and the author of The Heretic's Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money
  • Aline Fares, Campaigner, Author and Activist
  • Benoît Lallemand, Secretary General, Finance Watch
  • Myriam Vander Stichele, Senior Researcher, SOMO
  • Kavaljit Singh, Director, Author and Director of the Public Interest Research Centre, New Delhi
  • Leo Hoffmann-Axthelm, Research & Advocacy Co-ordinator - Eurozone Governance, Transparency International
  • Stanislas Jourdan, Head of Positive Money Europe
  • Deborah Hardoon, Deputy Head of Research, Oxfam UK
  • Etienne Lebeau, Expert on European Affairs, Centrale Nationale des Employés (CNE)
  • Mathilde Dupré, Trade Programme officer, Veblen Institute
  • Frank Van Lerven, Economist, New Economic Foundation
  • Grégoire Niaudet, International Advocacy Officer, Secours Catholique- Caritas France
  • Eva Sadoun, CEO, Lita
  • Daniel Sorrosal, Policy and Advocacy Manager, European Federation of Ethical Banks and Alternative Financiers (FEBEA)
  • Prof. Stefano Battiston, Dept. Banking and Finance, University of Zurich
  • Laurie MacFarlane, Economics Editor, Open Democracy
  • Antonio Gambini, Development Finance Policy Officer, CNCD- 11.11.11
  • Chiara Mariotti, Inequality Policy Manager, Oxfam UK
  • Bodo Ellmers, Policy and Advocacy Manager, Eurodad
  • David Hillman, Director of Stamp Out Poverty and Steering Group Member of the Robin Hood Tax campaign
  • Nicolas Galepides, General Secretary, Fédération SUD PTT, France
  • Joan Josep Bosch, Economist, Navarra University, Spain
  • Frank Vanaerschot, Researcher, Fairfin, Belgium
  • Mathias Balcaen, Divestment Campaigner, Greenpeace

Workshops will be animated by leading experts and practitioners and they aim at engaging participants on a common action plan. Discussions will be structured around:

  • an understanding of links between finance and key societal issues
  • an assessment of the current state and a vision for a future of finance
  • a mapping of opportunities for all participants to collaborate, to mobilise citizens and to overcome the coordination problems of a multitude of interests

Dedicated workshops will also gather categories of participants who share concrete objectives, e.g. communications and campaign officers to coordinate efforts.


Monday, 4 December 2017

13.15-14.00  Coffee and badges

14.00-15.30  Centre Stage:
                     How do we successfully #ChangeFinance #10YearsAfter?

15.30-17.00  Idea and Action Labs

            • How can monetary policy support a better economy?
            • Financialization and Inequality
            • #10YearsAfter, is civil society ready to take on big finance?
            • Trade Policy and Financial Regulation

17.00-17.30  Break

17.30-18.30  Centre Stage:
                     Lessons from Occupy Wall Street with Micah White

19.00-22.00  Networking Evening
                     at the Musée des Instruments de Musique's restaurant

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

08.30-09.30  Breakfast Briefing

09.30-11.00  Idea and Action Labs

            • The future of sustainable finance: from radical banking reform to green central banking
            • How can academics support a “Change Finance” agenda?
            • How will pioneering "ethical" finance become the norm?
            • Who’s pushing for a cashless society?

11.00-11.30  Break

11.30-13.00  Centre Stage:
                       Keynotes and Panel "Reimagining Finance - from Master to Servant"

13.00-14.00  Lunch

14.00-15.30  Idea and Action Labs

          • Campaigns that Work!
          • New approaches to Development Finance
          • Reclaiming a public banking service: Contemporary movements in Europe
          • How can academics support a “Change Finance” agenda? (part 2)

15.30-16.00  Break

16.00-17.30  Centre Stage:
                     Towards a joint Change Finance campaign - building the Movement




Coudenberg 3
1000 Bruxelles, Belgium




All Dates

  • From Monday, 04 December 2017 14:00 to Tuesday, 05 December 2017 17:30

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