Do you know what your bank does with your money? Are you curious about how banks work? Does it bother you that even after the fallout from the global financial crisis of 2008, many banks and financial institutions continue to operate and invest in ways that destroy our communities and our environment?
CoLab’s massive open online course (MOOC), Just Money: Banking as if Society Mattered, explores banks and financial institutions that operate differently, namely, “just banks” that use capital and finance as a tool to address social and ecological challenges.
This course is for anyone who wants to understand the unique role banks play as intermediaries in our economy and how they can leverage that position to produce positive social, environmental, and economic change.
The course is free of charge and accessible wherever there is Internet. Participants will also have the opportunity to host or attend local hubs where they can discuss the material, connect the ideas presented in the course to practice and watch the two live sessions the course team offers.
In 2016, over 8000 people from 161 countries participated in the course. This enabled participants to connect to a global network of people working in the field or who share the same interests and questions about our financial system.
The course is sponsored by Phil Thompson, MIT Professor of Urban Studies and Planning and co-taught by Katrin Kaeufer, the Senior Research Fellow at MIT CoLab and Lily Steponaitis, Post-graduate fellow at MIT CoLab. The instructors of this course have worked for over 10 years with just banks from around the world, as well as in the fields of community development, economic democracy, and social change.
Dates: April 25 – May 30, 2017 (5 weeks)
Time Commitment: 2-4 hours per week (more or less as desired)
Location: Online, wherever you are in the world
Languages: English, Spanish, German
Contact: Lily Steponaitis, firstname.lastname@example.org