image from the series Macro Economics by Kevin Dooley

Hi all!

In case you hadn’t heard, I’ve been asked to give a keynote address next month at Sibos – “the world’s premier financial services event,” held in Amsterdam. I’m planning to speak about large scale shifts in cultural values and the impact they’re having on our relationship with money, our perceptions about ourselves as humanity, and how we are redefining what ‘true wealth’ means.

The presentation is only 20 minutes long, but I’ve decided to be ambitious and create a 3-5 minute video to accompany the talk. The idea grew out of several conversations I’ve been having with Gabriel Shalom (@gabrielshalom), a video producer out of Berlin that I met via this blog. We’ve been looking for a sweet project to collaborate on, where we can amplify some disruptive memes and get people excited about the emerging trends and opportunities that are surrounding us. “The Future of Money” seemed a worthy project. 🙂

So here’s the deal:

We want to create a compelling overview of what’s going on in the world of currencies, followed by some provocative visions of where things could go. We’re going to be conducting interviews with the movers and shakers out there who are developing new business models, new frameworks, and new ideas about how we can exchange value, innovate, and empower each other. We’re going to ask some tough questions about ethics, morals, and trust. And we’re going to provide some ‘what if’ scenarios of how these things could play out over the next decade.

Help us make it happen!

In the spirit of open innovation we intend to give this video away for free when it is finished. We believe that the research and opinions we’ll collect will be of significant value to anyone concerned about their economic future – and who isn’t these days! That’s why we’re asking you to determine for yourself what degree of support you can muster to help. Even just a small amount will go a long way towards helping us cover our time and expenses on this volunteer effort. And of course it couldn’t hurt to tell your friends 😉

It is our belief that if this production is generously supported by the network it will serve as a perfect example of the kind of courageous new business models that will be increasingly commonplace as the new economy evolves.

I’ll be leaving for Berlin in just a few weeks to begin conducting interviews and putting together the video. I’m really excited to see how this evolves, and we’re open to input for interviewees and scenarios of the future!

Please follow this link to The Future of Money website we’ve created for this initiative, more info about the team, and ways to contribute to the project!

Thanks to all!

– Venessa