Episode 416: Can Fintech Save the Planet?

Today’s special episode of Breaking Banks comes to you live from Fintech House @SXSW. Listen as guest host Dara Tarkowski, Managing Partner, Actuate Law and host of Breaking Banks’ sister podcast Tech on Reg speaks with Mike Bechtel, Chief Futurist at Deloitte Consulting and David Reiling, Chairman and CEO, Sunrise Banks; Author, Fintech for Good; and host of Provoke.fm‘s NextGen Banker. These are wild times, it helps to have a futurist with a background in anthropology to put things in perspective. Where are the opportunities in evolving technology, what’s hype and nonsense? At times we are so busy wondering if we can do something, that we don’t always think if we should. Intentionality and mindfulness are good things, and mild chaos is where opportunity lies, where niches and new angles can be discovered.

In 2013 there were 2.7 billion unbanked people in the world. Today the number stands at 1.3 billion. Huge strides have been made in the last decade vs. the last hundred years. Listen as Brett King connects with Kosta Peric, Deputy Director, Financial Services for the Poor, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the second half of the show. It’s important for everyone to be part of the economy — an economy that includes everyone benefits everyone. Listen as they discuss global advances in banking and payments, digital public infrastructure, and the importance of mobile wallets and identity. Game changing innovation at work!

Financial inclusion, micro-finance, climate change and sustainability – hot topics these days – are aptly covered in today’s episode when Jason Henrichs interviews Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO of Women’s World Banking, the NGO that wants to use financial innovations to get bank accounts for 1 billion unbanked women around the world; and JP Nicols speaks with Arnaud Auger, Deputy Head of BNP Paribas C.Lab Americas (BNP’s Innovation lab) as he shares insights on fintech for climate change and how to empower BNP Paribas’ clients on this challenge and their journey to sustainable finance. Is it possible to measure your carbon footprint via your banking app? Automatically align your portfolio with your values? Listen to learn more.

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