Community Activities

The Lab community is a community of practice for people who share the Lab’s vision of a fair, democratic and responsible financial system – and who are committed to helping make it a reality. Its members are innovators, influencers, intrapreneurs and changemakers who commit to the Lab Community Guidelines and have signed up via this form.


The Lab offers community members a range of activities including:

  • Matchmaking
  • Events
  • Community clusters – peer groups on financial innovation topics
  • Mutual mentoring
  • Access to a community noticeboard.

Matchmaking

The power of the Lab community is connection and collaboration: working together towards our shared vision. We facilitate community members to connect to other purpose-led innovators, changemakers and leaders through our matchmaking programme.

After joining the community, you have the opportunity to speak to the Lab Community Manager, who will identify other community members relevant to your work and connect you with them via email. You will continue to be connected to other relevant community members as they join the community.

Events

The Lab hosts regular events in London or online for people working or interested in purpose-driven financial innovation. All our events are participatory and are facilitated by the Lab team or community members.

Lab community members are the first to know about our community events, but we invite others to register their interest by emailing community@financeinnovationlab.org

View our upcoming and past community events here.

Community clusters

Community clusters are peer groups of community members arranged around common challenges or themes related to financial innovation. Our current community clusters are:

  • Data Ethics Cluster: experts and practitioners working on the responsible use of data in financial services
  • Finance Matters: a community of mainstream finance professionals repurposing their institutions for people and planet
  • Transforming Data: a coalition of responsible finance providers and civil society organisations building a better future for data-driven finance
  • Transforming Finance Network: a network of civil society organisations campaigning to transform finance
  • Women in Financial Innovation: a network of women working to transform finance.

Find out more about these community clusters here.

Mutual mentoring

Our community mentoring programme harnesses the power of peer learning and facilitates deep collaboration between community members. It’s an opportunity to work closely with another changemaker, to improve your skillset and knowledge, gain confidence and leadership capabilities, and overcome challenges.

Acknowledging the different perspectives, skills and experience that every Lab community member brings, our mentoring programme takes a ‘mutual mentoring’ approach. Each participant indicates ways in which they would like to develop and/or what they’d like to learn, as well as areas they can offer support on. We match mentoring participants not only on professional backgrounds but also life experience and interests, and particularly encourage applications from people who are currently underrepresented in finance.

All mentoring participants will be provided with guidelines on how to participate and support from the Lab’s Community Manager. A pilot of this mentoring programme is currently taking place. To register your interest in taking part in the next cohort, please email community@financeinnovationlab.org.

Community noticeboard

The Lab community noticeboard is a section of the Lab’s monthly newsletter where community members can post ideas, offers, announcements or questions. Perhaps you’ve got an idea for an event that you’d like to partner up on, or you’d like to offer pro-bono support or volunteering time? Maybe you’re looking for a co-founder for your new financial innovation, or a shadowing opportunity?

To submit something to be posted on the community noticeboard, please email community@financeinnovationlab.org. Please note that notices will only be accepted if they follow the Lab community guidelines.

Questions?

Contact the Lab’s Community Manager at community@financeinnovationlab.org.

Find out more:

Community Guidelines

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Meet the Fellows

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The Senior Fellows

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