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9:00am – 10:30am, Wednesday, November 21
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Location: Peformance Works, 1218 Cartwright St., Granville Island

The recent near collapse of the global financial system and the dangerous instability it has created has clearly demonstrated that the current financial system is not working. We need to fundamentally transform this system so that it benefits everyone, not just a small minority of financiers.

In this session, we will present a range of new and innovative strategies to finance a better future. In general, these strategies are designed to disconnect us from the global financial grid so that we can better control and more evenly distribute the benefits of our financing activities. For example, alternative currencies that must be spent locally help keep money flows re-circulating in the community.

New economy financing strategies also tend to involve smaller sums of money that encourage entrepreneurship and direct job creation. Such micro-loans allow people to create meaningful work in jobs they have created themselves.

The micro-loan funds are often provided by local lenders or investors that prefer to invest their money with people they know rather than the global stock market. In the future, these lenders and investors will likely come from non-traditional sources. For example,crowdfunding organizations such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo are already raising millions for great causes and smart inventors. Other non-traditional sources include direct public offerings, local stock exchanges, peer-to-peer lending and much more.

These are just a few of the topics we will cover in what we hope will be a thought-provoking and uplifting session about our collective future. We hope you will join us and learn how you can both source funds and invest funds to help finance a more sustainable, equitable, and resilient society.



Annette QuanStephen

Ian MacKenzieIan

Lisa HelpsLisa

Michael LintonMichael
Lisa HelpsDavid
van Seters