Meta-Commerce aims to identify and structure the critical questions underlying the long-term viability of the financial system.
Inspired by David Hilbert's 23 questions project of 1900, the Meta-Commerce programme brings together financial experts across a range of disciplines with a view to producing a framework of questions in order to prioritise future research and direct action.
By helping to identify a set of core questions that link economics, finance and society, and that need solving in order to have a working financial system, Meta-Commerce maps the road to Long Finance and contributes to its overarching goals - to expand frontiers, change systems, deliver services and build communities.
Three clear issues resonate through our various research areas and questions:
fairness across different cultures - does fairness as a concept increase as wealth increases and, if
not, what other organising principles for financial services could create desirable outcomes?
trust across different cultures - what creates and destroys trust, where?
value across cultures and time - what is the dynamic between value and price (which could be an expression of long-term and short-term concerns), and is value always higher than price?
Following the workshop in November 2012, the first Meta-Commerce research proposal is now open to applicants. We are seeking a post-graduate research student to undertake a study into Fairness and Finance. For more information, please download the research brief.