Those interested in sustainable finance should take a really good look at this. I especially like it for farming, but there are so many places where this could be brilliant.

https://amp.fastcompany.com/90201663/this-company-pioneered-a-new-business-structure-to-preserve-its-mission?__twitter_impression=true

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Looking for change? – Rethink your sources of support

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/06/the-birth-of-a-new-american-aristocracy/559130/Okay this is a very long article, so set aside some time. The author has picked many of the points that I have been making for quite some time and links them better than I might. They also, in section 8, have some research that I did not have, but am now glad to quote. Read this. Read it again, if you really want to see change. Hint: Hilary and the DNC will not be bringing it.

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/06/the-birth-of-a-new-american-aristocracy/559130/https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/06/the-birth-of-a-new-american-aristocracy/559130/

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Have YOU read Das Kapital?

Prescient thought.

https://qz.com/1269525

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Some great impact investing platforms

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Total Societal Impact As A Measure For Investors and Boards To Consider

Total Societal Impact Is The Key To Improving Total Shareholder Return

Bob Eccles in Forbes

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Toxic Chemical Industry Now In Charge At EPA

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Making An Impact With A Self Directed IRA

In this article, the case is simply made for using tax-deductible dollars to plan for your retirement, while making a positive impact.

 

NY Times article

 

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Fossil Fuel-Free Portfolios For The Win

As You Sow Lends A Hand

 

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An interesting read. Good information for sustainable economy planning.

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Is Big Business Sustainable?

As the following NY Times article suggests, businesses with market power ( the ability to set wages for the sector, the ability to set prices, the ability to crowd out start-ups) may be undermining their long-term success.

Many businesses operate with the belief that if they can dominate, they can grow and profit unimpeded.  Indeed, for a while, sometimes even a decade or more, this may even be true, returning shareowners a hefty return.  But after a while, the lack of new business start-ups becomes a drag on the economy.  New businesses are the engines of growth.  They provide the most new jobs, an outsized portion of innovation and new avenues for exploration, and have been a key path for immigrants and the lower classes to rise to the middle class.

Without this growing crop of new businesses, there becomes no growth in customers for the large dominant companies.  As Walmart famously learned, if you force all other businesses to fold, and prevent new ones from rising, there are fewer employed people to shop at your mega-stores.  If you set the wage standard to below subsistence, no one can afford to shop at your mega-store – not even your own employees!

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