The City and the Common Good


St Paul's Institute is holding a series of debates under the dome of St Paul's Cathedral.

The response to on-going financial instability has moved well beyond regulatory reform and is increasingly focusing on issues of culture, purpose, identity and meaning. We know we are about more than making money, but why does it so often not seem that way?

After four years of discussion about what has gone wrong and who might be responsible, and an unprecedented level of regulatory reform, there is now a call for step changes that will reinforce a culture of integrity and prudence and ensure that we do not repeat the mistakes of the recent past. But if we are to discuss the individual steps, do we not first need to talk about our objectives: what kind of 'City' do we want?

Good People - Thursday 11 April - 6.30pm

Vincent Nichols - Archbishop of Westminster
with Tracey McDermott - Director of Enforcement and Financial Crime, FSA, Peter Selby - St Paul's Institute, former Bishop of Worcester, Polly Toynbee - Guardian columnist
In our relations with friends and family we reckon to know what goodness is and how it informs our lives. In the context of the 21st century market place, what does it mean to be a good person and contribute to the common good?

Good Money - Tuesday 7 May - 6.30pm

Robert Skidelsky - Lord Skidelsky, Economic Historian
with Andrew Bailey - Deputy Governor Designate, Prudential Regulation; CEO Designate, Prudential Regulation Authority, Tarek El Diwany - Senior Partner, Zest Advisory LLP, Ann Pettifor - Director of PRIME (Policy Research in Macroeconomics)
If the influence of money over us is unavoidable, how can we ensure that the results are positive? Does the issue go beyond our attitude to money to the nature of money itself? Is there such a thing as 'good' and 'bad' money? Is it just the 'love of money' we must guard against, or has something happened to money itself?

Good Banks - Wednesday 12 June - 6.00pm

Justin Welby - Archbishop of Canterbury
with Antony Jenkins - Group Chief Executive, Barclays, Shirley Williams - Baroness Williams of Crosby
The relationship between banks and society has been described in the aftermath of the financial crisis as a 'social contract', but what is the objective of the contract? What is the purpose of banking and how do we foster a culture that helps that purpose be realised?


The events are open to the public, are free, but you must register first. More details.