- Taschenbuch: 272 Seiten
- Verlag: Pluto Press (10. Mai 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0745333508
- ISBN-13: 978-0745333502
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 1,8 x 19,8 cm
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'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
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Brett Scott is a campaigner and former broker who has worked on climate change, food security and ethical banking campaigns. He is a Fellow at the Finance Innovation Lab and has written for the Guardian, Ecologist, openDemocracy and New Internationalist. He blogs at www.suitpossum.blogspot.com.
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The book is divided into three sections. “Exploring” helps readers gain financial literacy by introducing us to the terminology, institutions and practices that makes the financial system tick. Sharing his experiences as a financial trader, Mr. Scott writes in an interesting, relatable and witty manner. Anecdotes are used to more memorably illustrate key points; for example, the story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital helps us understand how private equity firms profit from the breakup of profitable companies. One of the key takeaways is that everyone participates in the financial system; and therefore, the people collectively have the power to change the system if we can learn how to apply pressure in just the right way.
“Jamming” discusses the valuable social and info tech networks that help makes the everyday financial world turn round. Mr. Scott contends that financially-literate activists have a world to gain through culture hacking and interacting with progressive-minded individuals within the financial community. Mr. Scott maps the money trails that fund the fossil fuel industry in order to help us better understand how shareholder activism can be used to help derail big oil projects. Mr. Scott believes the precautionary principle should be invoked in order to curb the commodity trading practices that have caused food prices to escalate beyond the reach of poor and vulnerable populations. The author goes on to evaluate the tools that activists might use to draw more attention to the egregious financial practices that pose the greatest harms to people and the environment.
“Building” explores how finance might evolve for the better. Mr. Scott does not want the future to belong to state and corporate-sponsored solutions such as carbon trading schemes. Rather, Mr. Scott envisions that social impact stocks and bonds can be used to channel money to socially beneficial ventures such as retiring carbon credits and reducing prison recidivism. Mr. Scott is spot on when he says that we must have workable alternatives in place before Wall Street crashes yet again. Fortunately, we learn about a few of the myriad new technologies that promise to help community banks, peer-to-peer insurance pools, time banking and other socially-conscious trading systems thrive and scale up quickly. Mr. Scott also includes resources to help activists get involved in the struggle to democratize finance. In the final analysis, we cannot help but get excited about the very real possibility of how a new kind of financial system that prioritizes people’s needs over profits might come to pass.
I highly recommend this excellent book to everyone.
Scott brings a well-researched and authoritative behind-the-scenes look at how Wall Street and The City decide when an investment is worthwhile and how this decision ends up affecting the larger world. He also has many suggestions as to how to bend the rules of global finance towards more socially responsible ends, all of this from the perspective of someone who has spent time as both an investment banker and an activist.
At least one person in your activist organization must read this book!