The Summer School on Social Banking

socialbankingThe Summer School on Social Banking is an annual event presented by us, the Institute for Social Banking. It takes place in different countries every year. We meet people from all over the world to discuss important issues related to social banking and social finance. This year, the Summer School will take place from 14-19 July at the Seminarhotel Lihn at Filzbach, Switzerland.

You may ask yourself, “What is Social Banking?” There is no easy answer. It can basically be describes as the provision of banking and financial services that consequently pursue, as their main objective, a positive contribution to the potential of all human beings to develop, today and in the future. This is naturally very co mplex and new ground. That is why we explore this in several educational offers.

The Summer School is ideal for:

  • Professionals who work for a social bank or mainstream bank who want to get insights and broaden their understanding about social banking
  • Students with interest in social banking and social finance
  • Individuals who are interested in social banking and who want to get to know it
  • People who are interested in structuring finance for the Commons

We are looking forward to experience a lively mixture made of professionals, students, individuals, who all have a strong interest to be inspired and get insight and broaden their knowledge on social banking.

It is always a great experience with a lot of discussions and impressions. It is especially good to get know other people who share a similar interest and to exchange thoughts and to learn that there are others who want to change something out there as well.

At our 2013 Summer School, we will meet in the Swiss mountains to explore together how Social Banking can encourage and support initiatives and business ventures which cultivate our common, shared responsibility for:

  • the land, air, water and soil;
  • the services we need, like healthcare and learning;
  • the real places where we live;
  • the business and organisational structures we design;
  • and the cyber-spaces where we share information, ideas and possibilities.

We’ll draw on real-life examples from Social Banks and their clients, from people who work the common land and from theorists and practitioners concerned with the restoration of vital natural resources. In Switzerland, you’ll be meeting with and working alongside other bankers, academics and commoners from all over the world. Together we’ll look at the past with the history of enclosing the commons, interesting practice in the present and contemporary global movements against enclosure and the future possibilities which will enable the common rights and responsibilities to be re-established.

The Summer School will be a live, working inquiry into this important topic. Our aim is to understand and develop pioneering, entrepreneurial practices and policies that enable the commons to flourish for shared gain.

This event is jointly presented with our partner, the Alternative Bank Switzerland.

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