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International Summer School on Social Banking and Finance this year in Ireland

Institute for Social Banking (ISB) will be hosting the 10th International School in Kinsale, Ireland, jointly with their member Clann Credo ( from June 25 to June 30, 2017.

The “International Summer School on Social Banking & Finance” is an annual international conference on social banking and alternative finance. About 80 guests from social banks, alternative financial institutions, NGOs, conventional banks and other interested people such as students will discuss and gain valuable insights into the roots, characteristics, opportunities and challenges of this rapidly evolving field, from both practitioners and academics.

The International Summer School on Social Banking and Finance will cover variety of topics, some of them include:

  • Origins, context, core business activities, products and services ofSocial Banks
  • Recent and future developments in the context of Social Banking such as new business models (in the light of low interest margins, regulations & digitalisation)
  • Innovations in the context of Social Banking & Finance
  • International perspective: comparing and contrasting Social Banks
  • Community financing, partnerships and collaboration

Attending the Summer School will help you experience the spirit of social banking, learn about social banks and their roots, values, definition; get to know the international perspectives and work of social banking and finance; and you will broaden your horizon and be inspired for your daily work

In the past nine years, a large number of people from all parts of the world attended the Summer School, making it truly international. Barbara Felix from Alternative Bank Switzerland, an attendee of the last year’s Summer School, said: “Attending my first Summer School opened my eyes to the possibility of creating a financial system that serves people and planet, and the connections I’ve made through the ISB have inspired and informed my work ever since. I’m extremely proud to be associated with an institution that has done so much to promote a new paradigm in finance.


The Global Alliance for Banking on Values will take part in one of the workshops of the Summer School, and we cannot be more excited for it. Paula Martin, GABV Senior Advisor, will talk about the values based banking and what the GABV is doing to promote and strengthen it at the global level.

We hope to see you there!

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