The Future of Money - 10 Years after Lehman and Nakamoto

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How does the digitalization change the monetary system? Which problems are ocurring in the current money system? Will central banks introduce digital cash? How would this new form of money change the structure of the money system? Will it evolve into a sovereign money system (Vollgeld)? And what part will blockchain technology play? Will private cryptocurrencies create a new stable monetary system? All these questions will be discussed at the Conference "The Future of Money - 10 Years after Lehman and Nakamoto".

The conference is a jointly organized event by the NGO Monetative e.V., the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center and the International Movement for Monetary Reform. It's aim is to discuss the structure and the (mis-)functioning of the current monetary system and two monetary reform proposals that both aim to end the current debt-based monetary system: Sovereign money (Vollgeld) and Currrency Competition via Cryptocurrencies. At the end of the conference, a panel discussion with politicians and economists of the financial sector will take place. More information on the website.

The event will take place on November 24, 2018 on the campus of Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. The venue is located directly in Frankfurt am Main in Germany, one of the biggest financial centers in Europe.

Several keynotes will frame the whole conference and pave the way for the three pillars of the conference:

  1. The structure, flaws and developments of the current money system
    - How does it work, what are the problems, Central Bank Digital Cash (CBDC)

  2. Sovereign Money (Vollgeld)
    - How does it work, why do we need it, design principles of Central Bank Digital Cash (CBDC)

  3. Currency Competition via Cryptocurrencies
    - How does it work, why do we need it, applications of distributed ledger technology in the money system

In each of these three pillars, presentations about current research highlights, popular issues and the knowledge transfer between the three pillars are given. For more information visit: The conference Website

After the speaking slots we will have a panel discussion with experts from the financial sector and politics.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. William White
    Chief economist of the OECD, former chief economist and member of the Executive Committee of the Bank for international Settlements (BIS), former member of the Issing Committee which advises the German chancellor on G-20 issues, former Deputy Chief and Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada
  • Miguél Ángel Fernández Ordóñez
    Former governor of the spanish central bank, Member of Governing Council at European Central Bank, former adviser to the Executive Director of the World Bank, former chairman of the Spanish Banking Supervisory Authority and the Stock Market Supervisory Authority

  • Katrin Assenmacher
    Katrin Assenmacher is head of the Monetary Policy Strategy Division at the European Central Bank (ECB). Before that, she led the Monetary Policy Analysis unit at the Swiss National Bank (SNB).
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Mayer
    Founding director of the Flossbach von Storch Research Institute, former chief economist at Deutsche Bank und formerly working at Goldman Sachs and the IMF, Chartered Financial Analyst
  • Prof. Dr. Larry Kotlikoff
    Prof. at Boston University, former economic advisor of Ronald Reagan, write-in candidate for President of the United States in the 2016 election, among the 25 most influential economists worlwide (The Economist, 2014)
  • Dr. Michael Kumhof
    Senior research advisor at the Bank of England, former Senior Economist and Deputy Division Chief at the Modeling Division at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), responsible for developing the IMF’s global DSGE model GIMF, former Assistant Professor at Stanford University
  • Prof. Joseph Huber
    Academic head behind the Vollgeld-System (Sovereign Money), Professor emeritus of Halle University

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Gerhard Schick
    Deputy Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Green Party, member of the Financial Markets Panel supervising the Financial Market Stabilization Agency (FMSA), member of the German Parliament since 2005, president of the NGO: Finanzwende

  • Dr. Cyrus de la Rubia
    Chief Economist at HSH Nordbank AG

  • Dr. Carl Christoph Hedrich
    Senior Research Manger at Commerzbank AG

  • Marc Friedrich
    Bestselling Author

  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Helge Peukert
    Professor of Economics at Siegen University

  • Ralph Bärligea
    Banking Consultant at Bearing Point

Location and Date:

Location: Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
Date: Saturday, November 24, 2018 from 09:00h to 20:00h
Language: English
Registration required: Maximum numbers of participants: 400

Registration via Eventbrite is required; Participants who might not want to pay via credit card on Eventbrite can contact us at; this way we will provide an invoice which would then be paid, e.g. via bank transfer.


The Money of the Future-Conference will take place at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management on November 24, 2018 from 09:30h to 20:00h. For more information visit the conference website.

The event will include five Keynote-Slots where high quality economists in the field of monetary economics will frame the contents of the conference. The conference will have three pillars – the current monetary system, Vollgeld (sovereign money) and currency competition via cryptocurrencies – with two parallel tracks.

09:30 - 09:45 Opening Welcome Address: Monetative & Frankfurt School Blockchain Center

09:45 - 10:15 Keynote: Banks are not intermediaries of loanable funds – and why this matters by Dr. Michael Kumhof

10:20 - 10:50 Keynote: The ECB’s monetary policy: mandate, strategy and implementation by Dr. Katrin Assenmacher

10:55 - 12:35 Pillar 1: Current money system with 2 parallel tracks

12:40 - 13:10 Keynote: Economic Outlook and reason for monetary reform by Dr. William White

13:10 - 14:15 Lunch Break (Lunch included)

14:15 - 14:45 Keynote: How to liberalize the banking system through Vollgeld by Miguel Á. F. Ordóñez

14:50 - 16:30 Pillar 2: Sovereign Money (Vollgeld) with 2 parallel tracks

16:35 - 17:05 Keynote: How can the Euro survive? Could money reform be a solution? by Prof. Dr. Thomas Mayer

17:05 - 17:20 Tea and Coffee Break

17:20 - 17:50 Keynote: Digitalization and currency competition by Prof. Dr. Peter Bofinger

17:55 - 19:00 Pillar 3: Cryptocurrencies with 2 parallel tracks

19:00 - 19:15 Break

19:15 - 20:00 Panel discussion with institutions from the financial sector and politicians

  • Dr. Gerhard Schick, deputy chairman of the Finance Committee of the German Green Party
  • Dr. Cyrus de la Rubia, Chief Economist, HSH-Nordbank
  • Dr. Carl Christoph Hedrich, Senior Research Manager, Commerzbank AG
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Helge Peukert, Professor of pluralist Economics, Siegen University
  • Ralph Bärligea, Banking Consultant, Bearing Point
  • Marc Friedrich, Bestselling author

20:00 Closing address and get together

For more information visit the agenda section on our website

Who should participate?

This conference is ideal for anyone who is interested in the functioning of the monetary system, its impact on the global real- and financial-economy and in the two major monetary reform proposals: Sovereign Money (Vollgeld) and private cryptocurrencies.

  • Bankers of commercial-, investment- and central banks, politicians, decision makers

  • Academics and Students of monetary economics, finance and banking, politics

  • Interested citizens


Monetative e.V.

Phone: +49 176 56848337
Website Monetative:
Website conference:

Frankfurt School Blockchain Center

Phone: +49 176 56848337
Website FSBC:

About Monetative e.V.

Monetative is a non-for-profit NGO. It was founded in 2012 as a think tank and as a campaigning organization. It has more than 150 members while many are actively working on several topics or doing research. The aim of Monetative is to inform society, academics and politicians how the current money system works and why the power of commercial banks to create money systematically produces financial crises. As an alternative money system, Monetative campaigns for a „Vollgeld“- or „Sovereign Money“-System. Monetative is part of a global movement which already had impacts on: the American, the British, the Dutch, the Danish and the Icelandic parliament; Central banks in Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, Iceland, USA, Switzerland and brought a public debate about the money system into mainstream media and Central banks’ publications.

Further Information can be found on the Website, Facebook, or via Twitter.

About the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center

The Frankfurt School Blockchain Center is a think tank and research center which investigates the implications of blockchain technology for companies and their business models. Apart from the development of prototypes, it serves as a platform for managers, startups, technology and industry experts to share knowledge and best practices. The Blockchain Center also provides new research impulses and develops training for students and executives. It focuses on banking, mobility, “Industry 4.0” and the energy sector.

Further information can be found on the Website, on Facebook, or via Twitter.

About the International Movement for Monetary Reform

The International Movement for Monetary Reform (IMMR) is an international coalition of nonprofit organizations from across the world, campaigning for a monetary system that serves society. The IMMR maintains a very clear and specific aim, namely to change the way money is created and allocated, without being dogmatic about the way our proposal is implemented as the details will vary from country to country. To serve this goal, the IMMR supports and connects various national member organizations to share ideas, discuss research and exchange best practices.

Further information can be found on the Website or on Facebook.

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