Numerous initiatives and information portals are very relevant to the work of Long Finance and its various programmes, relating to society, sustainability, finance and long-term perspectives.
The Long Finance bi-annual conferences take place in London in the spring and autumn. These events, which reflect the themes of the four Long Finance programmes - and particularly of the London Accord - focus on topics related to finance, monetary policy and reform, regulation and sustainability. Access all the videos of past conferences.
Long-Term Oriented Initiatives
The Long Now Foundation was established in 1996 to develop the Clock and Library projects, as well as to become the seed of a very long-term cultural institution. The Long Now Foundation hopes to provide a counterpoint to today's accelerating culture and help make long-term thinking more common. We hope to creatively foster responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years.
Gresham College has provided free public talks within the City of London for over 400 years. Founded in 1597, Gresham College is London’s oldest Higher Education Institution. Gresham Professors and other visiting speakers offer over 100 free public events every year.
Finance & Sustainability
Started by Asli Demirgüç-Kunt, Director of Research at the World Bank, this blog aims to provide a platform for vigorous public debate on many of the issues faced in the financial sector. It brings together over 25 experts including Professor Thorsten Beck, Tilburg University who delivered an insightful keynote address on financial innovation at the Long Finance Spring Conference 2013.
The Capital Institute is a non-partisan, transdisciplinary Collaborative Space, founded in 2009 by former JPMorgan Managing Director John Fullerton. Its mission is to explore and effect economic transition to a more just, resilient, and sustainable way of living on this earth through the transformation of finance.
The ICFR is an independent, non-partisan organisation which work focuses on best practices in all aspects of financial regulation. Operating in both developed and emerging markets, ICFR publishes research, organises events and delivers training.
The Center of Excellence "Sustainable Architecture for Finance in Europe" (S A F E) is a cooperation of the Center for Financial Studies and Goethe University Frankfurt funded by the Hessian excellence initiative LOEWE. The Center, which is located at Goethe University's House of Finance, is dedicated to research and policy advice in the area of finance.
The Cobden Centre is an independent educational charity founded formally to undertake research into economic and political science and to disseminate the results thereof and to advance the education of the public in economic and political science. The Cobden Centre has been established to promote social progress through honest money, free trade and peace.
The Commonwealth Environmental Investment Platform (CEIP) is a pan-Commonwealth network linking entrepreneurs and companies in the environmental sector to each other and to international investors. The platform is designed to facilitate trade and investment in sustainable technologies, to improve international awareness of developments in green technology and sustainability issues, and to support low carbon economic growth across the Commonwealth. The CEIP has been developed in alliance between The Royal Commonwealth Society and Forbury Investment Network. .
The Ecosystem Marketplace, a project of Forest Trends, is a leading source of news, data, and analytics on markets and payments for ecosystem services (such as water quality, carbon sequestration, and biodiversity). By making accessible information on policy, finance, regulation, science, business, and other market-relevant factors, markets for ecosystem services will one day become a fundamental part of our economic system, helping give value to environmental services that, for too long, have been taken for granted.
Ethical Market Media is an independent media company promoting the emergence of a sustainable, green, more ethical and just economy worldwide. They research, assist and report on all the new organizations: civic, non-profit and for-profit, as well as individuals working for the transition to the new economies of the dawning information-rich Solar Age.
Eurosif (the European Sustainable Investment Forum) is a pan-European network and think-tank whose mission is to Develop Sustainability through European Financial Markets. Current Member Affiliates of Eurosif include institutional investors, financial service providers, academic institutes, research associations, trade unions and NGO's. The association is a not-for-profit entity that represents assets totalling over €1 trillion through its affiliate membership.
The Financial Services Club is a unique service aimed at Senior Executives and Decision Makers from banks, insurance companies, technology firms, consultancies ... in fact, any firm that is interested in understanding and planning for the future operating environment for the UK Financial Services markets.
Sustainable Finance Geneva is an association of Geneva-based professionals and investors with a common interest in promoting sustainable finance and responsible investment. By bringing together practitioners from different areas of expertise and diverse experiences SFG offer a unique exchange platform for everyone working on and interested in the development of sustainable finance.
SRI-CONNECT created an on-line marketplace of ideas that enhances relationships between all SRI industry participants and makes sustainability factors a fundamental part of investment decision-making.
The Network for Sustainable Financial Markets is an International, non-partisan network of finance sector professionals, academics and others who have an active interest in long-term investing.
UKSIF is the membership network for sustainable and responsible financial services. UKSIF promotes responsible investment and other forms of finance that support sustainable economic development, enhance quality of life and safeguard the environment. They also seek to ensure that individual and institutional investors can reflect their values in their investments.
UNEP FI is a global partnership between UNEP and the financial sector. Over 200 institutions, including banks, insurers and fund managers, work with UNEP to understand the impacts of environmental and social considerations on financial performance.
The United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment Initiative (PRI) is a network of international investors working together to put the six Principles for Responsible Investment into practice. The Principles provide a voluntary framework by which all investors can incorporate ESG issues into their decision-making and ownership practices and so better align their objectives with those of society at large.
Finance & Education
The CSFI is a forum for well-informed debate and research about the future of the financial services sector. This is made possible through a range of activities: written research, live discussion groups and networks, all focused on the latest developments in international finance. CSFI work is objective, topical and practitioner-oriented. It is driven by a belief in the value of free markets, and of open discussion.
The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment is the largest and most widely respected professional body for those who work in the securities and investment industry in the UK and in a growing number of major financial centres round the world. Evolved from the London Stock Exchange, it now counts over than 40,000 members in 89 countries. In the past year, CISI set almost 40,000 examinations in over 70 countries, covering a range of vocational qualifications.
Other Interesting Initiatives
Beyond GDP is an initiative to develop indicators (to measure progress, wealth and well-being) which are as easy to communicate and as appealing as GDP (gross domestic product), but which take into account environmental and social factors that contribute to progress.
Conscious Capitalism is a non-profit corporation organized to advance the integration of consciousness and capitalism. The Institute provides intellectual leadership on research and advancing the understanding and implementation of the principles of Conscious Capitalism.
The IIER is a non-profit research organisation which looks at macroeconomics on a global scale. By concentrating on the "human ecosystem" the IIER attempts to re-focus economic research away from individual subsystems, towards a broader understanding of the larger forces driving overall progress or retreat.
The Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) was created to broaden and accelerate the development of new economic thinking that can lead to solutions for the great challenges of the 21st century. The recent global financial crisis has vividly demonstrated the deficiencies in our outdated current economic theories, and shown the need for new economic thinking – right now.
The Lokahi Foundation is a social impact charity that was founded in 2005 by Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson to enable society to embrace religious diversity with respect and understanding. Lokahi works with a variety of partners to achieve its mission: community organisations, businesses, government agencies, and universities – anyone who shares their vision of sustainable diverse communities. They challenge themselves to create projects with measurable impact, evidence-based research and fresh thinking on the fundamentals of religious traditions.
ProbabilityManagement.org was founded in 2006 to cure the flaw of averages through improved communication and calculation of uncertainty and risk. We accomplish this through educational materials, best practices, and standards. The approach is based on the principles put forward by Sam Savage, Stefan Scholtes, and Daniel Zweidler in OR/MS Today.