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 […]
Tomorrow morning, I present at the Univesidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. It’s part of their Masters program in the “Creation and Development of Social and Solidarity Economy Businesses” – as part of the International Center for Research on the Social and Solidarity Economy -or CIIESS. I’m humbled to have gotten to know Alberto Irezabal the […]
From theology and political economy to an analysis of our moment — making intelligible the mega-trends of capitalism — and how we as Christians “can’t accept it’s terms and conditions as good”. Drawing on Jeremiah 29:7 — Luke says we’re “called to bear faithful witness within it and transform and convert it”.
Investing with purpose is hard work. Achieving impact is very different than how conventional finance is set up. This means if we’re serious about social and environmental change, we need to roll up our sleeves and start doing much harder work on managing our impact risks. That’s one aim of our upcoming workshop.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
Today, after a small group reunion from our March Livable Future Investing workshop (of Catholic asset holders, inspired by the Economy of Francesco vision), Evan Gill from Catholic Charities USA started telling me about Omidyar’s Reimagining Capitalism work. I’ve heard the name Omidyar at least a dozen times the past couple years, but had just […]