Institute for Social Banking

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The ISB is back to work and bursting with energy to kickstart an amazing 2024! ✨

New Year, new goals! 🌈 We've got our list of resolutions ready and at the top is bringing you an unforgettable Summer School experience. 📚☀️

Here's the cherry on top: Secure your spot with our Early Bird Discount available until January 31st! 🐣

👀 Curious? Head over to our website now to explore what's in store and book your spot!
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🎉 As the year draws to a close, we wish everyone joyous holidays and a wonderful start to the upcoming year! 🎄✨

🌟 Let's introduce the incredible faces powering ISB! 🌟

👨‍💼 Chai: Managing Director
📝 Beatrice: Communication and Research
🎪 Wiendelt: Event Coordinator
🤝 Yeliz: Facilitator
💼 Esther: Office Management
🎨 Jillem: Graphic Designer
🧠 Sjoerd: Strategy Manager

A huge thank you to our remarkable team and everyone who contributed to ISB's development. Your dedication fuels our mission. Stay tuned for exciting updates and endeavors in the new year ahead! 🌍💡


📚✨ Get ready to go back to school!

The 15th International Summer School 2024 will take place at Vienna's iconic Akademisches Gymnasium. Steeped in history yet thriving with innovation, this venue promises a unique blend of heritage and modern learning.

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🌍 Another exciting opportunity to engage and contribute to the Institute for Social Banking awaits you!
Join us as a volunteer at the !5th International Summer School 2024 in Vienna. We're eagerly awaiting your participation!
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🌍 Are you passionate about reshaping the world of finance and making a meaningful impact?

The Institute for Social Banking has exciting opportunities waiting for change-makers like you! 🚀✨ We're thrilled to announce two new internship positions—one focusing on communication and the other on groundbreaking research. If you're a student eager to dive into the realm of social banking and drive positive change, we want to hear from you!

🌟📚Join us in transforming finance for a better, more inclusive future! 🌿💡

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🪴 Today is Banking on Values Day 2023!

Banking is not neutral; when used to finance harmful environmental practices, or invest in systems that are rooted in social inequality, the flow of global finance maintains structures that threaten the well-being of people and the planet.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Instead, banks must . For Day 2023 we call on the financial sector to transform its ways of working to promote a sustainable and fair future. 💚

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🙋 Has ESG replaced conversations about sustainability and impact?

Join our partner organisation, the GABV, tomorrow November 8 at 4:00 pm (CET) on day for an important conversation with experts in values-based banking as they discuss ‘ESG’ and how the financial sector must .

Together, they will examine ESG as a helpful starting point for financial institutions but not as an end goal in itself.

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🚀 Don't miss out on our early Bird deal! 🎉

Register for our upcoming International Summer School before January 31, 2024, and enjoy the Early Bird Discount 🐦

👉 Secure your spot now and register here:



🌿 ISB Observation Lab at Freie Gemeinschaftsbank! 🇨🇭

For the second year and twice in a single year, we have hosted our workshop on the latest trends and developments in social banking and sustainable finance. Back to Switzerland but this time together with the FGB, we started with the central question "How do you develop a social banker?" and then went on to illustrate the most recent trends among our members and at European level, outlining 5 key themes, ending with an integration of these elements within the specific case of the FGB. The enthusiasm from our group of 11 colleagues was truly inspiring and we are pleased to hear participants say that they will use the input received to revise their strategy. 📈💡

Special thanks to Max Ruhri for the invite and don't hesitate to get in touch if you'd like to learn more about the latest 5 key themes in the field.


🌟 Registration is OPEN!

Join us for the 15th International Summer School co-partnered by the Genossenschaft für Gemeinwohl. From the 30th June to the 5th July 2024, in the enchanting city of Vienna.

📆 Save the date and claim your spot today with an exclusive Early Bird discount!

👉 Register here:



🗓️ Save the Date - Registration opens next week!

Get ready for an enriching experience at the 15th International Summer School on Social Banking and Sustainable Finance! 🌍🌿

Registration opens next week - stay tuned for details! 🎉

📚 Title: "Finance for the Common Good"
📅 Dates: June 30th - July 5th, 2024
📍 Location: Vienna, Austria 🇦🇹
🤝 Partnership: Genossenschaft für Gemeinwohl

Join us for a week of insights, collaboration, and inspiration as we explore the future of finance with like-minded individuals. 🌟


Every year, embarking on the journey of organizing the International Summer School feels like a thrilling adventure 🌟. With a new city and fresh partners each time, there's always a world of possibilities waiting to be explored 🗺️.

As we fondly look back on the incredible days spent in Vienna, we're bursting with excitement to share all the incredible news with our future participants. But, patience is key 🤫! We promise it'll be worth the wait.

📣 Mark your calendars: Registration opens in just a few weeks, at the beginning of October 🗓️. In the months that follow, we'll gradually unveil all the exciting details that will make this year's International Summer School an unforgettable experience.

Stay tuned, dear friends! The adventure is about to begin, and we can't wait to have you on board 🌏🎉!


🌍✨ Greetings from Vienna! 🇦🇹

We're delighted to announce that we've just completed our inaugural prep visit in Vienna, alongside our esteemed partners at Genossenschaft für Gemeinwohl. 🤝✈️

Our journey led us through the captivating and historically rich city of Vienna, as we explored diverse venues and activities for the 15th edition of the International Summer School on Social Banking and Sustainable Finance! 🌞🌿

Stay tuned and get ready! We'll bring together some of the brightest minds in the field of sustainable finance. 🌍💡


🌞 We're Back from Summer Holidays! 🌳

Hello wonderful community! 🌱 The Institute for Social Banking is thrilled to announce that we're back from our rejuvenating summer break and feeling more refreshed than ever. We hope you've had a fantastic summer too!

📅 Mark your calendars! In the upcoming weeks, we're thrilled to introduce the Expert Exchange Labs (EEL), and guess what? Our very first Lab will be centered around the theme of Learning and Development. 🧠💡 Get ready to dive deep into discussions that revolve around upskilling, continuous education, and personal growth in the realm of social banking.

Stay tuned as we reveal more details about these Labs and the impressive lineup of experts who will be joining us. 🚀 Together, we'll explore innovative ideas and strategies that are reshaping the future of banking for the betterment of society.


☀️🌻 Institute of Social Banking Summer Update!

As the international summer school wraps up, it's now time for a well-deserved summer break! 🏖️🍹 But don't worry, we'll be back in full swing in mid-August with exciting updates on our upcoming Expert Exchange labs happening in October and November! 🗓️🌟

These labs are all about fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange among professionals, experts, and enthusiasts in the social banking sphere. 🤝💼 You can expect engaging workshops, insightful discussions, and innovative solutions to some of the most pressing challenges in the industry.

Stay tuned for more information and registration details coming your way! 📲📝 In the meantime, we hope you all have a fantastic summer filled with relaxation, rejuvenation, and plenty of joyful moments.

Thank you for being a part of our mission to create a fairer and more sustainable banking landscape. Together, we can make a real difference! 🌿💚 See you in August!



🌟 Exciting Job Opportunity Alert! 🌟

Are you ready to make a meaningful impact and be a part of a dynamic, values-driven team? 🌍💼 The GABV is hiring a Finance and Operations Officer to join their growing organisation and support our mission of promoting positive change in the world of sustainable finance! 💪

As a Finance and Operations Officer, you will play a crucial role in ensuring smooth financial management and administrative processes within our network. From budget monitoring to event coordination, you'll have the opportunity to engage in diverse tasks that keep the organisation running. 📊📋

📍Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
⏰ Deadline: 28 July
📢 More info:

If you're passionate about finance, operations, and making a positive impact in the world, don't miss this chance! 🚀 Apply now by sending your motivation letter and CV (in English) to [email protected].


🎥 The Summer School Aftermovie!

Get ready to relive the magic! Our highly anticipated aftermovie capturing the essence of our incredible Summer School experience is finally here. ✨

🌱 This extraordinary event was a true representation of the social banking movement, showcasing how it's made from the people, for the people. The power of sharing and growing together resonated with every participant, making it an unforgettable journey.

🤝 This heartwarming video perfectly encapsulates the love and camaraderie that filled the air throughout the entire week. It's a testament to the deep connections we formed and the powerful impact we can make when we come together with a shared purpose.

✨ Watch the video and let it transport you back to those transformative moments. Experience the energy, the joy, and the inspiration that permeated every corner of our gathering. Feel the sense of unity that continues to guide us on our path forward.

🌍 Together, we can create a better world, step by step. Let's continue to support one another and make a lasting impact!

Thanks to Ekobanken and Bommersvik Hotell & Konferens! 💚

Timeline photos 04/07/2023

🌞 Summer School Appreciation Post 🌞

Last Friday, the 14th International Summer School came to a close, and we'd like to take a moment to express our heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you for making it an incredible experience! 🙌✨
Your energy and dedication throughout the week were truly inspiring. From engaging discussions to collaborative projects, we were thrilled to have you on board. 🎉

In the upcoming days, we'll be sharing more insights, behind-the-scenes moments, and highlights from the week. Stay tuned as we relive those unforgettable memories together. 📸

A big thank you goes out to our amazing speakers, mentors, and organisers who played a vital role in making this Summer School a resounding success. Your knowledge and passion truly inspired us all. 👏

The connections and knowledge gained during this program will continue to shape our individual journeys moving forward.

Thank you once again for being a part of this remarkable experience 💛

Timeline photos 22/06/2023

It is great to collaborate again with Katrin Seifer and have her as one of the esteemed workshop leaders at the 14th International Summer School! 🌞 As a trained economist and a prominent figure in the environmental sector, Katrin brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table.

Since joining GLS Bank in 2009, Katrin has held various positions always striving to bring financial resources to where they are most needed to enhance sustainable development. Her workshop, titled "Money For The People - Which Impact Do We Want?" is set to be a thought-provoking experience.

During this workshop, Katrin will delve into the concept of impact and its significance beyond being a mere buzzword. Participants will explore the responsibility associated with generating true impact and the crucial role investors play in driving ecological and social transformations.

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Meet Rita de Boer, the Project Investment Manager at Triodos Regenerative Money Centre, who will be leading a captivating workshop at the 14th International Summer School for Social Banking and Sustainable Finance. 🌍

💼 Join Rita's workshop on "Regenerative Money" and unlock the secrets of sustainable finance. As a seasoned expert in the field, Rita will share her extensive knowledge and insights on how money can be a powerful force for positive change. 💰

🌱 Discover the transformative potential of regenerative finance and learn how to make your investments align with your values. Rita will guide you through innovative strategies and practical steps to create a financial system that benefits both people and the planet. 🌿

Timeline photos 18/06/2023

Introducing Dina Wallat, the Senior Specialist HR at GLS Bank, as a Workshop Leader at the 14th International Summer School for Social Banking and Sustainable Finance. With nearly 20 years of experience in fostering personal, leadership, and organizational development, Dina has worked in inclusive aid, healthcare, and sustainable banking. 🌍

🔎 Join Dina's captivating workshop titled "It's now or never? How to improve decision making," where she will explore intriguing questions like: What makes decision-making so challenging? How can we make informed decisions as a team? What truly influences our supposedly fact-based decisions? 🤔

💡 Especially in agile contexts and self-organized work, deliberate decision-making processes are crucial. In this workshop, we'll dive into real-life experiences within teams and organizations, experimenting with decision-making methods and reflecting on our collective journey. 🙌

Timeline photos 15/06/2023

Lars Pehrson, a renowned leader in finance, will be a workshop leader at 14th International Summer School for Social Banking and Sustainable Finance! 🌍

As the Co-Founder and former CEO of Merkur Cooperative Bank, Lars has been instrumental in championing values-based finance for over 38 years. His expertise and leadership have earned global recognition. In addition to his role at Merkur, Lars co-founded the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV) in 2009, a groundbreaking initiative promoting social and environmental change through finance.

At the Summer School, Lars will lead a captivating workshop titled "Giving as a Foundation," exploring the transformative power of philanthropy in the financial sector. 🎁

Timeline photos 13/06/2023

Ylva Lundkvist Fridh, CEO of Mikrofonden Sverige, Sweden's leading social and micro finance institution, will be helding an inspiring workshop on "Financial inclusion through social enterprise investment" at this year International Summer School. 🌍

With over 15 years of work experience as an organization developer in the social economy sector, Ylva brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table. She has been spearheading Mikrofonden Sverige for the past three years, making a significant impact on the lives of countless individuals and communities.

During this interactive session, Ylva will delve into the crucial topic of financial inclusion and its role in empowering social enterprises and their target groups. She will shed light on how ethical financial institutions can effectively support social enterprises, helping them become "bankable" and attract investments. 🏦💼

Timeline photos 11/06/2023

Join us in extending a warm welcome to Jean-Pierre Caron, a distinguished presence at our esteemed International Summer School! As the co-founder of La Nef - Finance éthique, the groundbreaking ethical bank in France, Jean-Pierre brings an unparalleled wealth of knowledge and expertise in the realm of social banking. 🌍💼

Prepare to be inspired as he takes the lead in an exclusive workshop on gift money, delving deep into its intrinsic and emotional value. Through an engaging real-life exercise, Jean-Pierre will unravel the true essence of money and its transformative power. Get ready for a mind-opening journey! 💡💸

We won't spoil the surprise by revealing too much, but rest assured, this workshop promises to be a game-changer! 🎁✨

Timeline photos 09/06/2023

Introducing Lydie Favre Félix, a vibrant and passionate social banker at Alternative Bank Switzerland! 🌍💼

After gaining valuable experience in the realm of "traditional" finance (although she fondly calls it "unfortunate"), Lydie made a bold decision to join a company that aligns more closely with her ethical values. 🤝

At this year International Summer School she will be giving her insightful workshop titled "What is money and how is it created?" 🎉📚 Lydie will delve into this captivating topic by drawing on a diverse range of economic, anthropological, and sociological theories. Together, we will explore and unravel the profound role that money plays in our society. 💡💸


Fritz Fessler, the visionary co-founder and CEO of Genossenschaft für Gemeinwohl, will be one of the esteemed workshop leaders for Summer School 2023! 🎉🌞

Fritz's workshop is a unique opportunity to gain insights from the remarkable journey of Genossenschaft für Gemeinwohl and their ongoing efforts to influence conventional banks to adopt social banking principles.

Watch the video below and catch a glimpse of the inspiring ideas Fritz will be exploring in his workshop this year! 🌍

Timeline photos 01/06/2023

📢 Exciting times at the ISB Observation Lab workshop! 💡🌱

Today, we had an incredible opportunity to dive deep into the world of social banking and sustainable finance, sharing valuable insights and observations. The discussions were thought-provoking and inspiring, emphasising the bold actions needed for essential transitions. A big shoutout and heartfelt gratitude to Rico Travella and our friends at Alternative Bank Schweiz / Banque Alternative Suisse for extending the invitation. Together, we can make a lasting impact! 👏🤝

#2022 #2023

Timeline photos 31/05/2023

📢 Calling all & enthusiasts! 🌟

Max Ruhri, Member of the Executive Committee of the esteemed , will be gracing our conference in June! Get ready to be blown away by his captivating talk on "Direct loans innovation," where he'll reveal groundbreaking insights that are set to reshape the social banking landscape.

Timeline photos 24/05/2023

✨ Anna Fielding - Social banking in Europe: the field and the future

Anna Fielding is a remarkable leader in sustainable finance and economic systems change. Currently she is Chair at the Economic Change Unit, an Associate of the Institute for Social Banking, a Senior Fellow of the Finance Innovation Lab, and a Fellow of the RSA. As former CEO of the Finance Innovation Lab, she made significant contributions to driving positive change in the financial industry. Her extensive achievements include prestigious awards, reflecting her outstanding contributions and influence.

The workshop at a glance:
🤔 What does social banking look like in 2023? How can we maximize its contribution to economic systems change?
🌱 Explore the field of purpose-driven banking across Europe, gaining a shared understanding of our identity, work, challenges, and opportunities.
📈 Take stock of economic, social, and environmental trends shaping the next decade. Learn how social banking can leverage these trends to create positive change.
💡 Engage in thought-provoking discussions and collaborate with like-minded individuals passionate about driving economic systems change through social banking. ´

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