Cooperative Economics | "Impact-First" Investing | Transformative Leadership

Driver’s Seat & the Big Paradoxes of our Time

I’m super excited about Driver’s Seat because they are tackling one of the big paradoxes of our time. The explosive growth of gig work (think Uber, DoorDash, Amazon delivery) has created the promise of flexibility and prosperity for millions of people, and yet the reality is that most gig workers struggle to make even a minimum […]

Investing Peer Group: You’re Invited

I’m excited to be gathering a group of friends and colleagues this Friday, Dec. 4th — to help transform our relationship with money. I have a number of conversations with friends that are just starting out on their values-aligned investing journey — and some that are more my mentors and teachers. I am excited to […]

The Stories We Tell our Kids

I believe that stories change the world.The stories that we tell ourselves.The stories our culture feeds us.The stories that we tell our kids. Once in a while, a new story breaks through.Sometimes it even sticks in the back of my head.It does it’s quiet work there.It unconsciously shapes me. When I read Audacious Ignatius, the […]

My Money Transformation in 8 Steps

I was inspired by this Money Transforms website to share my own story.   The reason I want you to transform your relationship with your money is two fold:  Your own liberation. For too long, I’ve been trapped by my relationship with my money. I’ve felt so inadequate because I didn’t have enough. Then when I’ve […]

Neighborhood Economics to Livable Future Investing: 12 Hints of an Emerging US Economy of Francesco

As we continue the work of mapping the growing Economy of Francesco movement ecology, I wanted to share a list of 12 nodes that have been on my radar. What are you seeing? Join us this Friday November 20th at 12 noon ET. We’ll get the conversation started with a pioneering farmer, an industrial co-op organizer, and […]

Interdependence & the Movement Ecology We Need

I both love and have struggled with my partnership with Metro IAF. My close relationship with Metro IAF leaders is the primary reason we’ve had success in starting a co-op over the past 10 years. Their power is undeniable. In the past few months, Metro IAF has helped our co-op to expand to working with […]

Cooperative Capital: Re-launching

Cooperative Capital: Re-launching

One of the things I’ve been most interested in supporting is more local direct investment opportunities… especially ones that are open to non-Accredited investors. Cooperative Capital has an approach to make it work (however they were blocked by the state of Michigan…). The challenges they’ve come up against and the ways regulators have thwarted their […]

Why draw maps?

I’ve been awakening to the power of visuals to help teams with decision-making. Too often, we don’t have a common mental model and end up talking past each other. This is where I’ve found myself inside my own organization more often than I’d like to admit recently. Today, Max Harper came to our Shared Ownership workshop and […]

​I Sold My Entire Investment Portfolio One Hour Ago​

Okay, actually I didn’t…. yet. But this guy Tim Denning said he just did.  As I read his post, I remembered how I felt when I was in  one of Marco Vangelisti’s workshops. The feeling of desperation to have my money be working for a more livable future. So, I’m writing this post here to […]