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The martial arts are split. There are two distinct factions, the Classical and the Modern. Each will claim that their approach is perfect and fits all needs. They are both wrong.
When you imagine the all-white uniforms with the colored belts you are envisioning the Classical style. When you watch people fighting in a cage, you are witnessing the Modern. Classical martial arts, as in all classical arts, is an attempt to precisely reproduce what has come before. Interpretation will come later (much later). Exactness is the goal – and the beauty – of a classical art.

Investing in Diversity … Painful, but Profitable

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The diversity of perspective and experience that comes from having women on corporate boards and in senior management allows for more creativity, innovation, productivity and profitability than might otherwise be achieved. This is particularly crucial in a complex world, where skilled human capital and talent management is essential. Attracting, retaining, engaging, compensating, motivating and inspiring talented employees in a growth-starved world is a major challenge.

A Fresh Spotlight on Responsible Investment Practices

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It is generally accepted that the finance industry has been lagging behind other industries in terms of adopting sustainability practices. This is particularly true when it comes to product development, one of the most material sustainability issues. Could greater transparency provide an effective mechanism to spur the industry into action?

The Search for a Sustainable Cuisine

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For several years, I’ve tried — with an astounding lack of success — to persuade the students studying at The Culinary Institute of America, that the houses of PhD biologists are not haunted. They contain no ghosts. But even if they did, they’d be benevolent ones like “Casper the Friendly Ghost,” or the “Ghost of… Read more »

Endocrine Disruptor Chemicals — a Serious Health Risk for All, a Potential Opportunity for Business

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In our daily lives we are constantly exposed to a large number of chemicals, affecting us and our health – without us even realising it.  These chemicals stem from a broad-range of products we use every day; plastic food containers, shower curtains, sunscreens, pesticides, furniture, toys, cosmetics and even the cash receipts or lottery tickets… Read more »

Ebola as a Challenge to Health and Investment

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The latest Ebola outbreak has killed at least 1,200 people and probably infected 3,000 to 4,000 more across several West African countries, making it the biggest on record. From an initial start in Guinea, the focus of this deadly virus has shifted to Liberia and Sierra Leone (with limited numbers in Nigeria and Senegal), devastating… Read more »

Making the Case for Intrinsic Motivation

This is an abstract from the September edition of The Cornerstone JSFB. Subscribers can read the full article here. Learn more about the JSFB here.   We are in the middle of a radical transformation of the workplace as it becomes much more fluid and dynamic. By 2020, Intuit reports that 40% of us will… Read more »

Endocrine Disruptor Chemicals — a Serious Health Risk for All, a Potential Opportunity for Business

This is an abstract from the September edition of The Cornerstone JSFB. Subscribers can read the full article here. In our daily lives we are constantly exposed to a large number of chemicals, affecting us and our health – without us even realising it.  These chemicals stem from a broad-range of products we use every… Read more »

The Last Ship

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I am a producer of Broadway musicals who has been nurturing my obsession with the form since appearing in my first musical, a temple Purim play, in the fourth grade. Instead of repeating the Old Testament story of Queen Esther, our ingenious director juxtaposed our Jewish heroine’s quest to save the Jews from the evil… Read more »

Embracing the New Market Opportunity: LGBT+A

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The traditional courting of the “gay market” ignores a much larger market opportunity. LGBT friends and family i.e. Allies, are showing their support not only as citizens, but also as consumers — making purchasing decisions that align with their views on LGBT equality. The latest estimates (2012) put the total buying power of the adult LGBT population at nearly $800B. When you add Allies, that number is far greater. This is the “LGBT+A” market.

Jazz Inspired Finance

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Imagine if capitalism could harness the power of communication, collaboration and culture. Imagine if capitalism could serve its best and highest purpose of driving global economic prosperity. Imagine if capitalism were in the hands of leaders who strive for both long-term corporate profitability and to meet the needs of society for better nutrition, healthcare, education,… Read more »

The Last Ship

ABSTRACT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE JUNE 2014 EDITION The Last Ship is about finding pride in our work. Work that gives purpose to our lives. Work that helps forge our identity and contributes something tangible to society. It’s about community and being responsible to each other. It is our contribution to the… Read more »

The Work of an Entrepreneur: Dream Maker — Dream Killer

ABSTRACT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE MAY 2014 EDITION. Successfully managing the dissonance between unwavering commitment to your vision and the plan, and accurately reading the business signals that forewarn trouble is the entrepreneur’s perpetual challenge. False negatives and false positives are coming at you in a steady stream. Overreacting and… Read more »

Where Angels Fear to Tread: Entrepreneurs Rush In, But Investors Don’t

ABSTRACT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE MAY 2014 EDITION Co-Authored by Robert D. Lamb and Sadika Hameed, Program on Crisis, Conflict and Cooperation at the Center for Strategic and International Studies A teenage girl sews some clothes and sells them to a vendor at the local market, grows her business, and eventually… Read more »

The Other Revolution: The Global Entrepreneurship Revolution

ABSTRACT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE MAY 2014 EDITION. The global entrepreneurship revolution is the key to driving economic prosperity in all our economies.  Today, it is estimated that there are nearly 400 million entrepreneurs starting and running businesses in the 54 economies surveyed by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor.  And if… Read more »

E-Cigarettes. A Positive Disruption to the Market and Health or a Distraction?

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The introduction of e-cigarettes (e-cigs) has acutely disrupted the tobacco product/nicotine marketplace.  As of 2013, Citi estimates that just under half of the 42 million smokers in the US have tried an e-cig.  And, while e-cigs currently account for only 1% of overall US cigarette industry volumes, global e-cig sales have rapidly increased to $1… Read more »

Preserving the Rainforest: Sustainable Solutions from the Private Sector

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In order to create a virtuous cycle where forests are essential to sustainable economic growth both for local communities and markets, private investors need to be both catalysts for existing best practices and sources of new forms of sustainable investing initiatives, aiming to preserve and restore the world’s native forests. Transparency over existing practices is a prerequisite for the much needed transition to a sustainable system that simultaneously promotes economic growth and sustainable forestry.

Big Data in the Social Sector

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, January 2014 written by Sonal Shah, a Senior Fellow at the Case Foundation and a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University and Hollie Russon Gilman, a Democracy Fellow at Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School. Subscribers can view the… Read more »

Sustainability and the Digital Dilemma

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Growing reliance on data and hyper-connected IT systems by individuals, businesses and governments makes information security an increasingly important tenet of sustainability. Those reporting institutions that prudently sort through these challenges and take actions to tie the information security-sustainability thread will assume leadership on a formidable global issue that can wreak environmental, social and economic havoc in a keystroke, not a decade.

The Value of Community Relations

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, December 2013 written by Andrew MacLeod, a Board member of Cornerstone Capital Inc. (New York), advisor to Gane Energy (Australia), Critical Resource (UK), former General Manager at Rio Tito and a former senior official of the United Nations and the International Committee for the Red… Read more »

The Social Value of Derivatives

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, November 2013, written by Erika Karp, Founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Inc. A huge lament is the lack of any opportunity for an honest and open discourse on the place derivatives play in our society.  Why is it worth continuing to pursue such an… Read more »

“Embrace the Grey”

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, October 2013 written by Erika Karp, Founder & CEO of Cornerstone Capital Inc. and Derek Yach, Chairman of the Board of Cornerstone Capital Inc. and SVP of the Vitality Group, Discovery Holdings Ltd. The path to progress is not a straight line. And in fact,… Read more »