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  1. Excerpts from the Informal Economy Symposium: Why Informal Enterprise Matters

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    THE INFORMAL ECONOMY SYMPOSIUM was held Friday, October 12th , 2012. Claro Partners hosted the first Informal Economy Symposium in Barcelona. Our goal was to abandon the conventional idea that…

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    • Opening Keynote - Keith Hart "The Informal Economy goes mainstream"

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      Keith Hart's keynote speech at the Informal Economy Symposium - Barcelona, October 2012 Keith Hart is one of the world’s leading economic anthropologists. He is known for having launched…

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      • Panel 1 - Adam White "Legible Economies"

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        Adam White speaks about informal systems being hyper-local and relying on local forms of communication, and questions the strengths and weaknesses of the local/foreign divide. Adam White is the…

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        • Panel 1 - Richard Tyson "Design Strategies for the Permanent Crisis"

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          Richard Tyson speaks about how the institutional/industrial structures that have governed 20th century "formal" economies are being reframed, eroded, contested by 21st century informal institutions…

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          • Panel 2 - Ben Lyon "Formalizing Commerce"

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            Benjamin Lyon speaking on how mobile money is being used to slowly formalize the informal economy by moving cashless, anonymous transactions to a traceable electronic form. Benjamin Lyon is the…

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            • Panel 2 - Ignacio Mas "Propagation of Mobile Payment Innovations in Developing Countries"

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              Ignacio Mas speaking on the dramatically higher use of mobile money - such a technology-enabled solution- by informal rather than formal businesses and its impacts on entrepreneurship and competitive…

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              • Panel 2 - Niti Bhan "More or Less: The Fundamental Principle of Flexibility"

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                Niti Bhan speaking on the fundamental principle of Flexibility - Understanding the underpinnings of financial and social contracts in the informal economy Niti Bhan is head of emerging markets…

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                • Panel 2 - Scott Mainwaring "Datafication, Formalization and Empowerment"

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                  As digital technologies and alternative currencies transform the notion of money, what kind of technological tools can be designed to empower people and communities in the informal as well as the…

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                  • Panel 3 - Scott Smith "Big Informality: Informal Economies and Small Technology"

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                    Scott Smith talks about the informal economy as a thriving parallel economy which is shaping our approaches to supply chains, innovation and development. Big Science and Technology is becoming vastly…

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                    • Panel 3 - Steve Daniels "Making Do: Technology and Informality"

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                      Steve Daniels talks about the ways informal economies are run on resourcefulness, social capital, and understanding of local context . What are the barriers and ways to fill gaps? What are the bridges…

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                      • Panel 3 - Tim Brown "The Shanzhai Phenomena and Opportunity"

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                        Timothy Brown gives a brief introduction to Shanzai and its evolution and innovations, and talks about how western business use elements of the shanzhai to succeed and what the next business opportunities…

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                        • The Closing Keynote - John Thackara

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                          John Thackara delivering the closing keynote at the Informal Economy Symposium. John Thackara is an author, speaker, designer and facilitator working on realising sustainable futures. Described…

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