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The Long Finance initiative grew out of the London Accord, a 2005 agreement among investment researchers to share environmental, social and governance research with policy-makers and the public. Long Finance was established more formally by Z/Yen Group and Gresham College from 2007 with the aim of exploring long-term thinking across a global network of people.


"When would we know our financial system is working?" is the question underlying Long Finance's goal to improve society's understanding and use of finance over the long term. In contrast to the short-termism that defines today's economic views the Long Finance time-frame is roughly 100 years. Long Finance aims to:

  • expand frontiers: developing methodologies to solve financial problems;
  • change systems: provide evidence-based examples of how financing methods work and don't work;
  • deliver services: including conferences and training using collaborative tools;
  • build communities: through meeting, networking and events.


Long Finance runs four programmes - London Accord, Financial Centre Futures, Meta-Commerce and Eternal Coin - through which to achieve its major goals.

London Accord Financial Centre Futures Meta-Commerce Eternal Coin


One of the key outputs of Long Finance is research reports, published under the following series titles:

Long Finance Forum of Futurists

L3F is a group of professionals working under the Long Finance umbrella to formulate scenarios for the future of finance services. For more information...


Long Finance comprises a network of individuals and organisations who are actively involved in financial services, as well as members of the wider community, all of whom are working towards the development of a more sustainable financial system. Long Finance engages people through lectures, seminars and discussions, including two annual conferences. Speakers have included Brian Eno, Neal Stephenson, Professor Paul Ekins, Bernard Lietaer and Stewart Brand.

To join the online community...