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

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 […]

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 […]

Making Reparations Practical

I know this is a daunting question. I’m going to try to make it practical with 3 steps and 3 concrete invitations. Weds, April 7, 7pm ET: “Exploring how congregations might re-imagine their assets when long term sustainability is no longer an option.” with Rev. Dr. Sidney Williams – click here to RSVP and/or join) […]

Let’s Re-structure Capital’s Extractive Role: Let’s Use Co-ops

If we can re-structure capital to be in a non-extractive position, we can re-make business as an engine for human and ecosystem flourishing. As our culture evolves to more deeply appreciate the endemic nature of system oppression and ecological devastation, leaders will increasingly be looking for structural solutions.