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Chris Smerald

Actuary,

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What is out of kilter in Financial Services for employees & society at large?What seeds of positive change are in the wind or on the ground?

There is a lot of admirable focus these days on culture, sustainability and ethics in the financial sector, but ideals can be stunted by everyday realities or sown even by small victories -so what are they? This is a listening question to help inform a volunteer group of insiders and concerned citizens seeking to care for and encourage the soil and seeds that positive change will sprout from. We think it will emerge more from conversations like this than someone’s forced agenda.

Thank you so much. Our group, City Forum, is in partnership with St. Ethelburga’s Centre for Peace and Reconciliation (a multi-faith and secular focused London charity founded out of the ruins of a 1993 terrorist bombing whose mission is ”to help people build relationships across divisions of conflict, culture and religion”). We have begun organizing events around these general topics and your responses will help aid our research and strategy setting. You can search us using “City Forum St Ethelburga’s” to find out more.

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    Nov 30 2013: One thing we found in our two dialogues was that there were three levels to the question:
    -individuals trking and management levels with pressures, hopes and ideas
    -financial institutions with competitive pressures and perhaps trying to reinvent themselves
    -the public under pressure and wanting change.
    It would be good to hear about a wider spectrum of impact and action

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