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Developing a culture of saving is key to poverty prevention, as it encourages self-help, prudence, independence, and personal responsibility.

We'll consider how local, self-governed, voluntary savings associations and banks encourage these virtues. We'll also look at some historical examples from Victorian England, reflecting on ideas of locality, self-governance, and self-help. Do trends in the direction of large, national, even global banking institutions best serve these ideals? And what are the implications of the loss of diversity in institutional and local provisions for personal saving? Finally, what does all this tell us about the nature of civil society?

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Rev. Dr. Richard Turnbull, Ph.D.
Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics


The Rev. Dr. Richard Turnbull is the director of the Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics and chairman of the trustees of the Christian Institute. He holds a degree in economics and accounting and spent over eight years as a chartered accountant with Ernst and Young. Dr. Turnbull also holds a first-class honors degree in theology and a Ph.D. in theology from the University of Durham. He was ordained into the Church of England in 1994 and served in pastoral ministry for over 10 years. From 2005 to 2012 he was the principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a visiting professor at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, and has written several books, including an acclaimed biography of Lord Shaftesbury.

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Acton Institute
98 Fulton St E
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
United States


11:30 a.m. Doors open
12:00 p.m. Lecture begins
12:30 p.m. Q&A
1:00 p.m. Lecture ends


$15 General | $10 Student
Includes box lunch and beverage

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