The Lab community is made up of innovators, intrapreneurs and influencers who are working to transform finance for the better. It includes practitioners and experts from mainstream finance, the responsible finance sector, fintech, civil society, academia and more. Within the wider Lab community, there are several smaller networks or ‘community clusters’ arranged around particular topics or for specific people within the community.
Lab Senior Fellows are a group of pioneers who have made significant contributions to building a financial system that serves people and planet, and to the Lab. They are all trailblazers in financial innovation, and include founders, thought leaders, authors, activists and more.
The Senior Fellows group is expanded on an annual basis. Find out more and meet the Senior Fellows here.
Lab Fellows are innovators who have completed our unique incubation programme Lab Fellowship. They represent some of the most exciting and transformative new businesses and innovations in finance, and have embedded social or environmental purpose at the heart of their work. They include fintech founders, alternative currency designers, grassroots organisers and more.
Meet the Lab Fellows here.
Transforming Finance Network
Transforming Finance Network brings together civil society organisations that are dedicated to changing the financial system. Convened in partnership with Positive Money, it includes Finance Watch, New Economics Foundation, Share Action, Stamp Out Poverty, and more. The network meets several times a year to align strategies, support each other’s work and collaborate for change.
Find out more here. To join the Transforming Finance Network, sign up to the community and indicate your interest on the community application form. Please note this community cluster is open to civil society organisations campaigning on finance only.
Transforming Data is a coalition of responsible finance providers, civil society organisations and consumer groups who are building a better future for data-driven finance. It involves information and resource sharing, opportunities to build and share knowledge, and collaboration for positive change.
Find out more here. To join the Transforming Data coalition, sign up to the community and indicate your interest on the community application form. Please note this community cluster is open to civil society organisations and responsible finance providers only.
Finance Matters is a network for mainstream finance professionals working to align their institution’s strategy, operations and culture with positive outcomes for people and planet. Network members benefit from peer learning, training, leadership development and more.
Find out more about Finance Matters here. To join the Finance Matters network, sign up to the Lab community and indicate your interest on the community application form. Please note this community cluster is open to professionals working on change within mainstream financial institutions only.
Women in Financial Innovation
The Women in Financial Innovation network is a community cluster for women working in financial innovation. Launched in May 2018 with an event exploring the particular experiences that women working on transforming finance face, we have now held four gatherings for this community, including on gender-based finance projects and supporting women to take climate action with their personal finances.
To join the Women in Financial Innovation network, sign up to the community and indicate your interest on the community application form. Please note this community cluster is open to people who identify as women only.
Data Ethics Cluster
The Data Ethics Cluster is a group of professionals working across the financial system, including in academia, industry, civil society and policymaking, who are influencing practice and shaping the debate about the ethical use of data in financial services. Convened with independent consumer advocate Faith Reynolds, the cluster is currently working on developing a map of relevant data ethics initiatives and collaborating to fill urgent gaps.
To join the data ethics cluster, sign up to the community and indicate your interest on the community application form. Please note this community cluster is open to people working on issues related to responsible use of data in finance only.
Open Finance Working Group
The Open Finance Working Group is a coalition of third sector organisations collaborating to create a vision for how open finance could serve the needs of individuals, communities and wider society. Co-convened with StepChange, the group includes ABCUL, Fair by Design, Fair4All Finance, Faith Reynolds (Senior Fellow), MacMillan, Professor Sharon Collard and The Open Data Institute.