I’m Brett Scott. You can find me on Twitter as @suitpossum. I've spent over ten years exploring the architecture of global money and big finance, and I'm constantly on the search for ways to rewire our economic system. In 2013 I published The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money, and in 2022 my new book - Cloudmoney: Cash, Cards, Crypto and the War for our Wallets will be published with Penguin Random House and HarperCollins. I’ve written for some of the world’s biggest publications, have appeared on major channels, and have spoken at over 250 events in over 30 countries.
People call me many things – financial activist, economic hacker – but deep down I’m also an artist, and in my newsletter - Altered States of Monetary Consciousness - I’ll take you on creative journey to bring our monetary system to life using imagery. This includes visual imagery, but also metaphor, the art of using words to conjure images in the mind.
Adam Smith famously spoke of market forces as an ‘invisible hand’, but really this ‘hand’ is the push-and-pull we feel from an invisible web of money we are all entangled within. I’ll help you to see this web, its creators, and its effects on us, and will sometimes literally draw it out (with periodic contributions from guest illustrators). Over time we’ll build a visual constellation of our economic landscape. If you’d like to get up to speed with where we are with this, check out my introduction to the Top 10 pieces produced thus far.
If you choose to be a paying subscriber, you’ll get to go even deeper. You’ll get access to my Dispatches from the Frontiers of Modern Money, a series of private videos and essays which provide you with the conceptual tools to do your own analysis. You’ll also get access to my Unboxing Series, where I do deep dives into particular alternative currency projects, using them as case studies to illustrate broader points.