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Ode Magazine Presents Rock the Bank with Ing. Direct CEO Arkadi Kuhlmann

Wednesday, February 01, 2012
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Event Type:
Panel Discussion
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Ft. Mason Center Cowell Theatre

Ode Magazine Presents “Rock the Bank” with Arkadi Kuhlmann, Visionary Banker and CEO of Ing. Direct

Feb. 1 at Cowell Theatre, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

Unconventional banker says banks can help us build a better, more sustainable and abundant future for the 99% - not just the 1%

Can banks help build a better, more abundant world for individuals—not just corporate interests? Join Ode Magazine in conversation with Arkadi Kuhlmann, the visionary, outspoken founder and CEO of Ing. Direct, the world's largest online bank, as he outlines an approach to “Rock the Bank” by using money to build a better society that he believes will deliver both individuals and companies to a more positive, balanced future.

The event is the first in Ode Now, a new series of San Francisco and International events from Ode, “The magazine for intelligent optimists.”

Feb. 1, 2012, 5 pm to 8 pm
Cowell Theatre Ft. Mason
Fort Mason Center Marina Blvd and Buchanan St.
San Francisco, CA 94123 Register:
$10 online, $35 in person with reception.

- Reception with Organic wine and appetizers provided by Frey Vineyards
- A free copy of Arkadi Kuhlmann's new book:
- And an Ing. Kid's saving account with a $50 deposit.


Usually bankers are boring. Arkadi Kuhlmann, CEO of Ing. the world's largest online bank, is far from boring. Some call him the "Richard Branson of banking," and he's an outside the box visionary thinker.

Ode Magazine spoke with him about the recent financial crisis and he looked for solutions in unlikely places as the history of Islam and of the Apache. In Kuhlmann's vision, consumer banks are "humble intermediaries," as he puts it.

"We don't produce anything. We don't save children who are ill. We don't go to the moon. We are just oil in the economic machine. A bank should act as a utility. Our primary function is to allocate money, resources within the economy. A bank bridges the time gap between when people have extra resources-money-and when they have a shortage of money."

That is very much inspiring, and much necessary, thinking coming from an unexpected place. It sounds like a relief when a mainstream banker is ready to redefine what banks are for. The Occupy movement should take note. It very much fits Ode Magazine to explore how we can re-envision the financial sector to make sure that it serves the people rather than the 1% happy few.

When Ode can have a meaningful and relevant conversation with the CEO of a large corporate bank, the world is moving to a better future. Besides, Arkadi Kuhlmann reads palms and rides Harley's.

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Ode Magazine Presents Rock the Bank with Arkadi Kuhlmann, CEO of Ing.

Ode Magazine presents Arkadi Kuhlmann, visionary CEO of Ing. Direct, the world’s largest online bank, with an unconventional approach to how money can build a more enlightened world. February 1, 2012. $10 online, $35 in person. Includes reception, wine, free copy of Arkadi's book “Rock, Then Roll: The Secrets of Culture-Driven Leadership” and an Ing. Kid's savings account. At Cowell Theatre Ft. Mason, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA Register:


Ode Now is a new series of positive live and online events from Ode Magazine, “the magazine for intelligent optimists.” Future Bay Area events will feature visionary optimists such as holistic physician and alternative health pioneer Dr. Ray Martina, Dr. Bruce Lipton, author of “The Biology of Belief,” and writer Jean Houston on “How to Be a Social Activist.”

Online events are $10 will feature Barbara Marx Hubbard, Gunter Pauli, The Shaman’s Pharmacy with the Medicine Hunter Chris Kilham, science and spirit researcher Lynne Mc Taggart, Boston Philharmonic conductor Benjamin Zander, and food activist Carolyn Steele.

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