I learned a new word last week from Luke: pleonexia. So I thought I would share the discussion that ensued. In philanthropy and investing, I often hear family/board members carry the weight of: I need to invest our assets so the mission (grant-making) can continue into perpetuity Too often, what’s crouching right alongside that desire […]
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 […]
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.”
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 […]
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) […]
I’ve been in a liminal space for a little while now. This week, it has started to get uncomfortable. I’ve found myself this week wanting to plunge into deeper explorations of what’s on the horizon. Today, two conversations reminded me that this liminal space is a generative place — and something I want to stay […]
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.