BCBBC08: Social Finance

BarCampBankBCWhat is it? Is it giving a neighbour some money to start a business?

Is it microlending, Grameen Bank style?

The disbursement of money around society?

The societal impact of our spending?

How do we convene ethical business and not-for-profits to learn from each other?

Can an FI make money and do projects at the same time, such as investing in green building projects?

It isn’t rampant capitalism.

It’s spending money with an eye to social impact.

It’s looking at the entire suuply chain to ensure the business is providing equitable results.

How big is social? Is it our community, or is it global? Is it the people we do business with?

Spending, lending and investing with intention. To ensure good things results from those transactions.

If companies do more ethical business practices, they become more sustainable economically.

Social enterprise is a part of this. Not for profit and co-operatives are starting business models. This results in less environmental impact, and alleviates poverty.

Measuring impact is essential to being a part of social finance. ING Direct encouraging people to save, is that a social finance impact? Or is it marketing happenstance?

Intentions are key in order to examine the ultimate and inclusive impact of a business model.

Is there such a thing as an altruistic act. All transactions have to be successful.

It’s an amalgamation of capitalism, socialism and altruism all working together. Bill Gates calls it creative capitalism.

Do we have an anti-social economy?

Social capital. The Bowling Alone theory of a deteriorating community across society. How do we build in more social capital into our framework?

What’s the line between advocacy and advice. Giving people a sense of the societal impact of their spending, versus advocating that they change their patterns.

What is the relevancy to that community?

If you’re talking about lending, you’re not talking about telling people how to spend their money, but how to spend the bank’s money.

In social lending there is a fluid tie between socially progressive stories from those who want money and the good rate they get. People will offer a lower rate to socially responsible lendees.

BCBBC08: Our Future Customer.

BarCampBankBCWhat will a future customer wants from their FI. How will they learn financial savvyness.

Will they just go with the FI that has a relationship with the university they attend?

What are the ways CUs can bring the concept of membership to life in a new way.

What is the banking equivalent of the Starbucks concept of customization? To offer different bundles, options and levers people can swap to come up with something to move them forward, and change as they move through lifestages.

What will the needs of the future generation be? Maybe they won’t want big mortgages, but might want more travel. Everything’s done via cell phone.

Sense and respond marketing. What are people asking for, what are they actually doing, and how do we react instantly.

How can people harness their internal wisdom of crowds to understand customer patterns and better meet their needs.

Imagine a Twitter like field inside Online Banking so FIs can get casual feedback on what customers are thinking. Then create a tagcloud so everyone can see what the general mood and thoughts of the customer base is…

The root is: We’re listening to you. That might be through data anlysis, feedback mechanisms, transparent servicing, authentic customer support sometimes publically.

As FIs, we need to be where our members are, and not bring them to where we are. Show up on Twitter and not create our own mechanism.

BCBBC08: The Future of Online Banking

BarCampBankBCWill FIs own the Know Your Customer

What will tools like Mint, Geezeo, Wesabe do to the industry

What do people want to compare? Lifestyle, demographics, geography? Can users decide?

Third parties use the main FI as the verifier.

Five new entrants in the Wint, Wesabe model.

Paid financial coaching model, like eBay. Pay someone and then their reputation build through network. People can buy cheap advice.

Is there a need for a human being to make that advice, or can we make the wisdom of crowds? Is that too much work?

Clients are getting more sophisticated, and are demanding more.

Ubiquity of banking. Micropayments.

Why does it take three weeks to move money between FIs?

What about people with poor financial knowledge, and underbanked cannot take advantage of this.

Where do people trust. It’s with the advisor not the insitution. Like a hairdresser, people follow them around.

What about creating an automated financial literacy score based on their financial transactions and history.

Alerts are part of the solution.

Social Financial Management tools make people engaged with their money.

Most consumers do banking because its necessary. Do we engage people to make them see it as more necessary, or do we make some decisions on behalf of our customers?

Is the real opportunity in real time payments and transfers between FIs and financial alerts. Is that where we should be focusing and let those who are financially savvy and engaged use the Wesabe’s?

Real time alerts so you get a mobile alert 5 seconds after you make the transaction (buy the soccer ball), which is great for security and engagement.

Make it as easy as possible.

Will banks eventually just have an API and be purely a commodity?

Have we commoditized ourselves completely? What is the difference besides the people we deal with personally.

Can a bank brand ever be an Inspirer like an Apple or Google?

What is the gap between how people talk about their online financial needs versus their own ability to prove the highest ROI.

Conversations inside the FI is about protection. But also confidence in their offering and differentiation so they will retain their curstomer base.

A note to those attending BarCampBankBC.

BarCampBankBCOkay, what is this BarCampBank thing about?
With BarCampBank coming up this weekend, we thought it would be good to let you know what we’re all in for.

The first thing we’ll do on Saturday morning is a quick round of introductions, so we know who we have with us. Then, those of us who want to create a session will write it up on a piece of paper and stick it on a grid made up of times and rooms. Once we have the sessions on the grid, the people who wrote them up will give a short pitch to the rest of us.

Then we’ll vote with our feet and join the sessions that interest us. If no one comes to a session, it’s cancelled. If someone wants to take up two time-slots in a row to create an extra long session, that’s cool. If you’re in a session that you’re not interested in, leave it and find one that you like better. The conference will be developed organically by all of us together.

What often works well is to propose sessions around the things you want to discover and learn, not the things you have to teach. Curiousity is the name if the game.

All participation is welcome (well except for pitches for specific commercial products or companies, and long-winded presentations). Participation, however, is not mandatory. If you want to listen more than discuss, that’s up to you.

We are lucky to have a great mix of local BCers and people who have travelled from far and wide to participate. Some of us have been to a BarCampBank before, and many have not. We have all the right people and expertise to create a truly amazing weekend.

We hold this philosophy to be true:
The right people will show up and the right things will be discussed.

Pecha Kucha
At the end of day one, we’ll have a Pecha Kucha, where each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds, giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. If you want to do one, come with your presentation on a USB key.

Thinking of live blogging or taking photos?
We welcome all ways to record the sessions. Update the wiki, blog it, upload photos to flickr. Tweet away! We’ll all be using the same tag, which is:

Anything else?
Oh yes, breakfast will be provided both days, and lunch will be provided on day one. On September 20th, we’ll start at 9am and wrap up at 5pm. On September 21st, we’ll start at 9am and wrap up the whole thing at 1pm. Please come on time, so you can participate in creating the sessions.

We’ll be at the BCIT Downtown Campus, 555 Seymour Street.

We look forward to seeing you here!

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