Where’s the Money? Migrating to a Global Digital Monetary Ecosystem


MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar SeriesDr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger, Ph.D., Visiting Lecturer, Sloan School of Management and Engineering Systems Division, MIT

Date: September 22, 2014

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About the Presentation

The digital revolution is already hitting our wallets—increasingly turning money into information in the cloud while transforming mobile devices into windows on a global, digital economy. However, the evolution to a digital money ecosystem involves much more than converting cash, checks, and credit cards from physical to digital objects.

In this webinar, Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger will begin with a brief history of the evolution to a digital money ecosystem, then offer insights into its incessantly changing components and challenges. Attendees will hear the latest thinking on:

  • global payment infrastructures;
  • management of personal identities and financial data;
  • international financial flows among institutions (and between institutions and individuals);
  • government regulatory regimes; and
  • issues related to security, privacy, and more.

He will also discuss major opportunities across all industries and nonprofit sectors—as well as challenges.

A Q&A will follow the presentation. We invite you to join us.

About the Speaker

Irving Wladawsky-Berger, Ph.D., retired from IBM in May of 2007 after a 37-year career with the company, where his primary focus was on innovation and technical strategy. He is currently a visiting lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and Engineering Systems Division, adjunct professor in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group at the Imperial College Business School, and executive-in-residence at New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress. He writes a weekly blog, irvingwb.com, and is a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal‘s “CIO Journal.” He has an M.S. and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago.

About the Series

The MIT System Design and Management Program Systems Thinking Webinar Series features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners. The series is designed to disseminate information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering, management, and socio-political components of complex challenges.