With less than a month to go to the launch of Building Banking on Values, a new VoiceAmerica radio series I’m hosting that goes behind the scenes to tell the stories of the people, passion and positivity within the values-based banking and financing sector; I thought to introduce you to some of our guests.

Meet Katrin: Researcher, Human Capital Expert, and MIT Educator Changing the Next Generation of Banking Professionals.

Dr. Katrin Kaeufer is research director at the Presencing Institute, and Research Fellow at the Community Innovators Lab (CoLab) at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Her research focuses on leadership, social transformation and socially responsible banking. Kaeufer earned her MBA and Ph.D. from Witten/Herdecke University, Germany. Her dissertation on Socially Responsible Banking was published as a book. She has consulted with mid-sized as well as global companies, non-profit organisations, the World Bank and with the United Nations Development Program in New York. She is also co-founding member of the Presencing Institute. Her recent book (2013) which she co-authored with C. Otto Scharmer is titled “Leading from the emerging Future: From Ego-system to Eco-system Economies”.

 Creating a new wave of banking professionals

Katrin is also changing the profession of banking by launching a new Massive Open Online Course from MIT and with contributions, insights and case studies from members of the Global Alliance of Banking on Values and other sustainability and community-focused banking change makers.

The free six week online course called Just Money – Banking as If Society Mattered will launch on April 19, 2016. Here’s a snippet of what the course reveals…

What do you know about banking? Do you know what your bank does with your money? The recent financial crisis highlighted some of the most fundamental issues with the mainstream banking system.


This is the world’s first Massive Open Online Course looking into banks that operate differently, namely, ‘just banks’ that use capital and finance as a tool to address social and ecological challenges.

The course is for anyone who wants to understand the unique role banks play as intermediaries in our economy and how they can leverage that position to produce positive social, environmental, and economic change.

Course instructors have worked for over 10 years with ‘just banks’ from around the world, as well as in the fields of community development, economic democracy, and social change. No previous knowledge of finance or banking is needed to take this course. Register for the course now.

Oh, and don’t forget to tune into Building Banking on Values. My VoiceAmerica radio show airs on Thursdays 15:00 PDT on the Business channel

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