First working groups to take place

Posted on May 30, 2016

The Think Forward Summit sparked enthusiasm among participants to continue with next steps. Many committed to injecting time and energy into working groups that will explore how to tackle the challenges defined at the Summit.

These working groups will begin in June with a three-hour session in Amsterdam, Frankfurt or Brussels called “bringing the focus”. The groups will meet two more times this year in sessions called “setting the direction” in Sept/Oct and “showing the progress” in Dec/Jan.

The three groups were formed around the themes defined during the Think Forward Summit in Brussels in February: budgeting, spending and borrowing; savings, investment and retirement; and financial literacy.

The first session will set the scope for what each group will work on this year, such as which research will be conducted and which projects could be started to offer consumers a practical solution to help them make better financial decisions. Participants will also consult their extended network for input. We’ll share the output of the first session on this website.

Content based on these working group discussions will be published to continue driving awareness about the Initiative throughout Europe and elsewhere.

The Think Forward Initiative’s purpose is to empower people to make smarter financial decisions. Ultimately, we aim to make a positive impact on the way people spend their money, on their ability manage their risks and realise their objectives.

By the end of 2016, the working groups will have taken concrete first steps. Results are expected to be presented at a Think Forward Summit in 2017.