• This month in the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking (JSFB), we turn to the theme of “Cognition” and search for enhanced and inclusive analytical perspectives on the shifting dynamics of the capital markets. In particular, we consider the process of learning, thinking and understanding—looking beyond the headlines.
  • Cornerstone’s recently appointed Senior Science Advisor, Vivienne Ming, is a theoretical neuroscientist, technologist and entrepreneur. Vivienne discusses her use of machine learning and cognitive neuroscience to maximize students’ life outcomes—essentially fostering “incentive insensitivity,” or more simply stated, drive and self-motivation.
  • Other fascinating case studies in cognition can be found in our Open Source Excellence section, while in Enhanced Analytics we learn about the promise of cognitive computing and big data to vastly improve ESG/sustainability analytics,  and how evolving digital technologies can be used to transform health care design.
  • Sometimes, the translation of knowledge and of understanding into action is a matter of changing deeply entrenched perceptions and practices. To that end, our editorial contributors offer persuasive essays on both concrete and existential challenges we face.

Highlights from the October issue:

Regional and Sector Strategy: Monthly Update
Michael Geraghty

Sustainable Investing: Addressing the Myth of Underperformance
Sebastian Vanderzeil, Craig Metrick & Andy Zheng 

The Paradox of Incentive Insensitivity
Vivienne Ming, Socos

Corporate Sustainability Is Corporate Excellence
Stephen Freedman, PhD, CFA, UBS; Erika Karp

Cognitive Computing + Big Data = Better ESG / Sustainability Analytics
Hendrik Bartel & Isaac Khurgel, TruValue Labs, Inc.

What Can the Painkiller Overdose Epidemic Teach Us About Health Care Redesign?
Dr. Alex Cahana, Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence

The Future of Foundations: Impact at Scale?
Sebastian Vanderzeil, Andy Zheng

Thinking Differently About Weather-Related Catastrophes
Laural Warren, Swiss Re

Reimagining STEM Education
Kathryn Nash, Cognizant

PoeticInvesting.com
Erika Karp

Midlife Wasteland
Cindy Motz, Equity Research Consultant

Intergenerational Transfer: Not Just About the Money
Anne Weisberg, Families and Work Institute

Bringing Humanity Back to Finance
Vincent Neate, KPMG LLP (UK)

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