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Posts by Felipe Witchger:

Our Economy of Francesco Hub Gathering

We need you.  The cry of the earth, the cry of the poor, the problems of the global economy — we need your most important work.  That’s the invitation of the Economy of Francesco.  We need your boldest leadership unleashed and connected to the people, institutions and centers of power that can make lasting change.  […]

Help a Compost Company Become a Co-op

I just interviewed Michael Robinson, co-founder of Rust Belt Riders — who I met through a good friend Jonathan in Cleveland. Michael is in the process of raising capital to formally re-structure their business into a worker-owned cooperative. The good news is — they’ve already been operating with financial transparency, democratic decision-making — so the […]

Comparte: Meet our sister Francesco Economy Network in Latin America

Emilio Travieso, SJ begins and ends with an image of an altar from his time with Mayan communities (Tseltal) in Chiapas, Mexico. As part of his dissertation research, Emilio was studying their cooperative business — Yomol A’tel — that’s grown to $2 million in revenue — as part of a larger Comparte network across Latin […]

What’s wrong with ESG? A Carbon Collective asking better questions

Starting with Project Drawdown’s zero carbon future vision, James and his Carbon Collective team have set out to build a practical way each of us can invest our money in that low carbon future. Removing the four largest GHG emitting sectors. Replace that 20% with companies that are getting as close as is currently available (with traditional publicly traded companies) to this Draw Down / zero carbon future vision.

Can we build together at scale? A Co-op Capital Vision

Co-op Landscape

Later today, I give a presentation to a group of Cooperative Business leaders (3 largest U.S. co-op banks (NCB, CoBank and CFC), 5 co-op capital entrepreneurs, 6 co-op loan fund/CDFIs, 2 mutual insurance cos., and 6 associations). My question is: Can we imagine and build together — across credit unions, electric co-ops and emerging co-op […]

Transition Feelings

I passed the torch at CPA this week. The feelings are wonderful and… remind me of paradox. New invitations, recognition feel simultaneously spacious, and also weighty. Which brings me to mystery and some mystagogy. I start by reflecting on this quote from Rainer Maria Rilke: “In spite of all the farmer’s work and worry, he can’t reach down to where the seed is slowly transmuted into summer. The earth bestows.”

The U.S. Shared Ownership Landscape:14 Cooperative Funds You Can Invest In

Pioneering Alternative Ownership Fund Mangers

In the next few weeks, Elizabeth Garlow and I will be releasing our first report under our new Francesco Collaborative banner. The report distills the insights from our Livable Future Investing workshop we facilitated a few months ago with 25 leading Catholic asset holders. For me, the release of this report marks the beginning of […]