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Real Talk about our Financial Advisors ++

Real Talk about our Financial Advisors ++

Three topics have been swirling for me recently. First, I do not feel like I’m doing enough anti-oppression work. But some philanthropists in the Northwest are giving me hope. They have started rolling up their sleeves and published a great report about their investment committees and racial equity work they are doing. Their report is […]

Can DEI lead to systems change at Foundations?

Once in a while you find a report that validates a bunch of your hunches. In this case, a group of foundations in the Northwest U.S. have come together to wrestle seriously with what racial equity means for their investment committees (& the social mission actualization of their asset stewardship). What emerges is a report […]

Wealth at the disposal of God

This morning I was on a call with Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale, the Canon to the Ordinary for Administration and Evangelism at the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis. He pointed me to this General Convention document that starts with this great quote from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry: The wealth of the church…must be at the disposal of God […]

Pushing our Definition of Impact

Morgan Simon has been pushing the definition of impact in the oft used phrase “impact investing” for many years. Her definition and principles have helped Elizabeth Garlow and I immensely and many of the Catholic asset stewards we work with. I was grateful to record a conversation with her this afternoon, where she surprised me […]

How Investor Misunderstanding Prevents Us from Getting the Economy We Seek

Impact entrepreneurs could achieve a lot more — in terms of systems change — if investors did more thinking about power and the world they most want themselves and their grand children. My thesis: capital reciprocity can help investors achieve their impact goals. Without a shift from capital supremacy to capital reciprocity, the conventional power […]

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.