Just Money: Banking as if Society Mattered

Stylized human figures engaged in transactions, with the words "Buy," "Loan," "Gift," etc.

A portion of a diagram exploring the nature and uses of money. (Image courtesy of the instructors.)


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Spring 2021



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Do you know what your bank does with your money? What is the role of a bank in producing societal well-being?

This course looks into banks that operate differently, namely, “just banks" that use capital and finance as a tool to address social and ecological challenges.

This 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.

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Katrin Käufer, and J. Thompson. 11.405 Just Money: Banking as if Society Mattered. Spring 2021. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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