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John Burgess

in Cambridge

Who should be allowed to create money in our society?

PRESENTED ON AUG 07, 2018
IN CAMBRIDGE @ VOL 15

When John Burgess saw a ranty social media post from his friend Ade on the topic of 'Money Creation' he couldn't resist clicking and finding out more. He was incredulous at what he discovered. It got him thinking about the purpose of money in our society, who should be allowed to create it and how that created money could be spent to benefit us all.

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BY OWEN DE VRIES
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BY MARK GARDNER
@ VOL 4 ON MAY 18, 2015

"The real solution to the problem is when charity becomes unnecessary!" 

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This was "Prententaion of the Day" on July 22nd, 2015.

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Faces That Make Money

BY ROYI AKAVIA
@ VOL 27 ON DEC 18, 2015

The distinctive pieces introduced here combine a collage made of real devalued international currency and layers of varnish over which Royi Akavia paints the portraits of modern subjects who have money, make money and spend money. The works are also burned with fire to create a glasslike 3-D surface reminiscent of old world craftsmanship. The end result: The rich and famous – such as Queen Elizabeth – are situated atop such personalities as Bolivar, Leonardo, Lenin and Margaret Thatcher.

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Public Banking

BY ALEXANDER REED KELLY
@ VOL 5 ON MAR 15, 2016

Alexander Reed Kelly talks about the history of public banking as an alternative to corporate banks and the possibility and promise of starting one on a local level.

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Banking Time

BY GEMMA MUSGREAVES
@ VOL 24 ON FEB 20, 2016

Gemma Musgreaves runs the Coventry Time Bank, and in 'Banking Time', she explains how time banking works and imagines all the ways she could invest in order to give herself an extra day (and have lots of fun, besides). Listing the skills she could learn and the interesting people she could meet, she encourages us to make a deposit too.

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What can we learn from M-pesa: The global leader in mobile money

BY WANJIKU GITHEGI
@ VOL 33 ON MAY 22, 2017

How can technology empower people? Wanjiku Githegi believes that financial sector development and financial inclusion can empower individuals. She talks about M-pesa in Kenya, which empowers each Kenyan irrespective of social class, gender or educational background.

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Does money make you mean?

BY PAUL SMEETS
@ VOL 34 ON JAN 30, 2018

What do you think, does money make you mean? Paul Smeets, Associate Professor in Finance at Maastricht University School of Business and Economics, investigated the influence of money on prosocial behaviour over the last few years. 

Traditionally finance researchers have only focused on how to behave
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