Future Forum 2018: the highlights

Our online event took place between 2 November 2018 and 28 January 2019. 

Nearly 1000 people shared their views, ideas and concerns about the future of money with us on our online event, Future Forum 2018. 

Over three months, we received almost 100 different ideas on topics such as closing high street banks and the possibilities of new financial technology. It led to some great debates generating more than 1000 comments. 

We held this event online so more people could join in and tell us what they think our role in society should be.  

We invited the most active commentators to our closing event at the Bank of England on 28 January 2019 so they could talk directly to our Governors about the future of money.

We’ve rounded up the highlights below. 

Fintech: New technologies, old risks?

Listen to Deputy Governor for Financial Stability, Jon Cunliffe, and Tom Mutton, Director of Fintech, discuss the risks and possibilities of fintech.

Listen to podcast

Could you go cashless or only use cash for a week? 

We launched Future Forum with a cash vs cashless challenge. We asked people who mainly use cash to go cashless for a week and those who rely on card to use only cash. 

We also asked our Twitter followers how they pay for things. The results were: 

What forms of payment do you use the most? 

a.  Cash - 28.6%
b.  Card - 58.3%
c.  Cheque - 2.4%
d.  Apple Pay - 10.7%

Discover the history of money

If you want to know more about what came before crypto-assets, contactless cards and even cash, explore our timeline of the history of money. 

How has money changed over time?

How often do you use your bank?

We asked people on the street how often they go into their bank or building society.

Tweet asking 'How often do you go into a bank or building society?'

See a visual summary of the popular online Q&A sessions with our Governors

See pictures from the closing event on 28 January 2019

Cashless, contactless, frictionless – what’s next? 

The EMEA managing director of Sutherland Global, Sonia Sedler, guest blogs about the future of money.

Read Sonia's blog

“Our relationships with money are rapidly evolving as money changes hands in less tangible ways: cashless has evolved into contactless, transactions are in turn becoming frictionless – so what comes next?”

How has the British High Street changed? 

Discover how your high street is changing in five charts. 

This page was last updated 31 January 2023