Past Meetup

Debate a Debt-Free Monetary System: Can we have a sustainable financial future?

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LOHAS space

50 Yongjia Road · Shanghai

How to find us

LOHAS space on Yongjia Road, near Shanxi Road South, close to Jiashan Market

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In cooperation with Green Drinks China, the Shanghai Forum is happy to present this interactive discussion and seminar on the economics of debt and how our financial systems can be changed to reflect the needs of social enterprise and sustainability.

In addition to an introduction and moderated debate between two noted speakers, there will be a partial film screen of "Money as Debt" and a panel discussion.

Topic Overview:

The common thread running through all the sustainable design case studies and presentations and in our average workday is the unwillingness of clients to finance sustainable ideas. They are of the opinion that sustainable experts are in creative design professions with an impoverished understanding of finance & society.

However, if we want to see sustainable design happen in our lifetime we need to examine the bottleneck first. At this point in history the technology is there, just not the finance. Economics is very counter-intuitive. Often things that seem like a good idea are complete disasters when implemented.

This session aims to critically review the traditional notions of economics, finances, investments and the banking system.

Event Itinerary:

19.00 – Introduction to the Evening

19.10 – Ice Breaker Game: M1, M2 & M3

19.30 – Film Screening: Money as Debt (Part 1)

20.45 – Brief Debate between guest speakers

21.00 – Panel Discussion

About Green Drinks China:

Green Drinks began in Shanghai in 2009 as a monthly networking event based on the idea that real links, connections and projects can start over something as simple as a drink. Monthly GDC events feature speakers on green-related topics and are forums for anyone interested in sustainable development in China to meet, chat and network.

Now, Green Drinks China is much more than just this one monthly event. Over the last 3 years GDC has spread to over 8 cities in China, organized over 75 different events including LEED training workshops and university forum and planted over 200 trees in Inner Mongolia with Shanghai Roots & Shoots through our monthly documentary film screenings.

Learn more at

Green Drinks

Please note:

This event is also listed at Green Drinks official website ( ) and on Green Drinks meetup page. You only need to register once on any of these platforms, we will combine the RSVPs before the event.

Frequently Asked Questions about Shanghai Forum:

Is there any charge for this meetup?

Yes, there is a 50 RMB cash charge per person to support the social missions of Green Drinks and LOHAS space. Coffee, tea, and other drinks will be provided.

What will we be doing?

The main activity of the meeting will be having a discussion on each topic.

What will it be like?

We will start with getting to know each other networking-style, reviewing the agenda and adding any topics the members want to discuss, then the moderator will start the discussion topics.

Will it be an activity? A discussion? A presentation?

This meetup will mostly be in the form of a discussion.

What's an interesting issue we'll discuss?

Each month a new theme will be discussed. For example, past themes have included China's stock markets, real estate, GDP and economic indicators such as retail spending, trade and inflation.

Do members need to bring anything?

You might consider eating before the meetup since no dinner will be served during the discussion, but please bring your admission fee, cash only. Otherwise, just bring some business cards and a notebook if desired, that's all that should be needed.

Who should come? Are newcomers welcome?

Since this is a new club, all are welcome, but an interest in China's economy and business environment is a must.

Who shouldn't come?

Again, it is a new club, so all are welcome, but we should all desire to present our ideas and discuss intelligently with others.

What should a newcomer expect?

Expect the unexpected. Just kidding. I think this club has an interesting potential because so many people I meet in Shanghai and elsewhere in China are passionate about economic issues. However, since it is a new club, there is no set format yet and expectations should be realistic.

How will members benefit from coming to your Meetup?

Businesspeople, investors, and those with an interest in China's economy and business environment all can benefit by hearing others' perspectives, learning about China's economic and business issues more deeply, and presenting ideas and theories to a group of intelligent individuals.

How long will the Meetup be?

About an hour long once discussion has begun. Generally before and after networking will last 15 minutes each, so total time commitment is about 1.5 hours. There will be an optional late meal for interested members after the main discussion.

Is it okay to arrive late?

We are going to start at 7:30 and the meetup has been scheduled at that time to allow people to finish work and get to the venue, which is in central Shanghai. Based on RSVPs, we will start officially when at least half of the attendees have arrived or punctually at 7:30, whichever is earlier. Please try to get there before 7:30 p.m. for networking and to reserve a seat. The organizer will be there from 6:30.

Who is the organizer of the Shanghai Forum? How do I contact Shanghai Forum?

Jason Inch started this meetup at the end of 2012 to create an interesting networking event focused around China's economy and related topics. Jason is an author of two China books, a businessperson running two companies, and a professor in one of Shanghai's MBA programmmes, where he teaches about China's economy.

To contact the organizer, you can use the email member function of or write to Jason Inch directly at jasoninch "at"

Can we discuss [...] ? I don't agree with this topic.... Why don't we talk about [...]?

Each month, the topic for discussion is decided by the group at the previous meeting or by the moderator based on the feedback surveys. If you would like to discuss a certain topic, please suggest it at the end of the meeting or in the feedback surveys. We will not repeat a topic previously discussed until the next calendar year. Please check the previous event descriptions to see what has been discussed at previous meetings.

Where is the meetup held?

LOHAS space on Yongjia Road #50, near Shanxi Road South, is our regular meeting location. You can get here by subway (go to either Shanxi Road South Station or Jiashan Road Station), bus or car.

Click here ( for detailed instructions on how to get to LOHAS space.