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The Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking (JSFB) is an on-line forum featuring voices from a range of disciplines bringing their unique perspectives on progress towards a regenerative and inclusive global economy. JSFB contributors include thought leaders from the capital markets, private sector, non-governmental organizations and academia, highlighting breakthroughs in science and technology, best practices in environmental stewardship, social progress and effective governance, and creative ideas for advancement of responsible long-term economic development.
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June 13, 2017

Finance of the Future

John Wilson was recently interviewed by Sea Change radio’s Alex Wise for his podcast. We discussed how managers balance trying to please dividend-hungry shareholders with keeping an eye on the future, how automation will affect the global economy, and how all of this is ultimately an issue of sustainability. Click below to hear the replay. John… Read more »

June 13, 2017

Climate Investment: Auspicious Times

  This is the text of a speech we prepared for the conference “Post-Carbon Finance: Fostering Low-Carbon Investment,” to be hosted by Ecologic Institute and the Consulate General of Germany in New York on June 15. It is an auspicious time to be talking about climate finance. The US administration may be removing itself from… Read more »

June 8, 2017

Introducing the Colorado Impact Report

We are pleased to publish the Colorado Impact Report: A web of place-based impact investing and community wealth-building opportunities. We have been privileged to work with the exceptional individuals who have made this report possible. At this moment in time, it is particularly important to leverage the wisdom and pragmatism demonstrated by leaders in every part… Read more »

June 12, 2017

Colorado Impact Report: Weaving A Web of Opportunity and Impact in Colorado

Approximately 10,000 people move to Colorado every month. They move here for myriad reasons, such as our 300 days of sunshine a year, our commitment to the outdoors and healthy lifestyles, and a magnificent geography that is second to none. And, of course, they come because of our robust economy.[1] But this level of growth… Read more »

June 12, 2017

Colorado Impact Report: Will Denver Become America’s First ‘Community Wealth’ City?

In cities across America, a new form of local economy is emerging. Many call this growing movement “Community Wealth Building,” a framework for economic development built on principles of democratizing wealth, broadening ownership over capital, leveraging existing institutional assets to benefit place, and preventing money from leaking out of our communities. The goal is to… Read more »

June 12, 2017

Colorado Impact Report: Blending Business & Philanthropy for Colorado’s Children

Since making one of the largest onshore oil discoveries in 1967, oil entrepreneur Sam Gary has been pioneering the idea that business and philanthropy can — and should — work together for those who need it most. Sam founded The Piton Foundation in 1976, yet he was equally committed to supporting the community through his… Read more »

June 12, 2017

Colorado Impact Report: Advancing Access to Opportunity in Metro Denver

As a community foundation, we listen regularly and deeply to the residents of our region, and base our goals and strategies on their input. Our core values of leadership, equity, inclusiveness, and accountability have guided our work for the past two decades. Our most recent comprehensive community listening process resulted in our current focus on… Read more »

June 12, 2017

Colorado Impact Report: SOIL–Slow Opportunities for Investing Locally

I often refer to slow money as “the CSA of investing.”  As with community supported agriculture, our efforts revolve around informal, direct relationships and shared risk.  Slow Money funding is flowing in a variety of ways in dozens of communities across the United States (and a few in Canada and France) — peer-to-peer lending, investment… Read more »

June 12, 2017

Colorado Impact Report: Impact Investing for Community Real Estate

Nonprofit real estate company Urban Land Conservancy (ULC) was established in 2003 with $10 million in cash and $7.5 million in real estate as an impact investment by the Gary Williams Energy Company (now Gary Community Investments, GCI).  With a long-standing commitment to Colorado’s underserved communities, GCI seeded ULC to “conserve” strategic urban properties for… Read more »

June 12, 2017

Colorado Impact Report: Supporting Communities with Patient and Flexible Capital

Zoma Capital was created in 2016 by Ben and Lucy Ana Walton to execute and manage the family’s investment activities. While we seek to generate best-in-class rates of financial return, we also strive to incorporate the family’s unyielding commitment to addressing some of society’s most pressing social and environmental challenges. Based in Denver, Zoma Capital… Read more »