Brett Scott’s groundbreaking The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance showcases the growing alternative finance movement, where all kinds of people are developing new ways of sharing and exchanging. We will be profiling some of the Real Life Heretic’s which Brett Scott writes about in the book.
We hope this will spark ideas and action for a new movement of financial activism. If you are involved in a campaign or project yourself, or know someone who is, drop us an email and tell us about it at: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more ideas, information and events visit Suitpossum.
Real Life Heretic #1 was Eli Gothill.
Real life Heretic #2 – Agamemnon Otero
Agamemnon Otero is a Uruguayan artist who developed the Brixton Energy community shares project as a pilot that could be learned from, with the aim of rolling it out on a much bigger scale to create a decentralised solar power plant across south London. These types of instruments may have lower financial returns, but because the investors are local, their reward is often emotional. You literally feel the return embedded in a community that you experience on a daily basis. For many, this trumps a higher financial return from something you have no personal connection with. (from Heretic’s Guide, p.223.)
Hacking the Future of Money
Shows how activists can tap into the internal dynamics of the sector to disrupt it and showcases the growing alternative finance movement.
“This is an imaginative, even exuberant exploration of the daunting world of finance – it will unleash a generation of activists, and do a world of good.” – Bill McKibben, author of ‘Deep Economy’
“This book provides a unique inside-out look at our financial system, based on the author’s unusual personal adventure. It is not only a user-friendly guide to the complex maze of modern finance but also a manual for utilising and subverting it for social purposes in innovative ways. Smart and street-smart. “ – Ha-Joon Chang, University of Cambridge, author of ’23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism’