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10 years 11 months ago

"The fight is never about grapes or lettuce. It is always about people." Cesar Chavez

Organized labor has a long history of protecting worker's rights globally. The use of collective bargaining and other tools have unified workers and strengthened their calls for fair wages, health & safety standards, and the elimination of practices like child labor.

The benefits of organized labor are many, but as the modern day work force takes new shape, the ability of traditional unions to organize some segments of the labor force is hampered. Social entrepreneurs, for example, are a cutting edge element of...

10 years 11 months ago

Responsible micro-lending seemed to have perfected the union of sustainability and finance.  The provision of credit and counseling to poor women has acted as a springboard for families working towards a better life.  It’s hard to envision an investment strategy for maximizing social gain with as direct an impact on the lives of entrepreneurs born into a life of abject poverty.  When microcredit pioneer Muhammad Yunus was awarded...

10 years 12 months ago

To create the new, we must incessantly destroy the old. Or so goes the theory of creative destruction and "industrial mutation" held up by Joseph Schumpeter over 65 years ago.

Earlier this month, the...

11 years 1 week ago

Oddly enough, our extremely legalistic world finds a vast majority of investment professionals facing this predicament:  They need the United Nations to help convince them (and their clients) it’s a good idea to understand the full spectrum of potential risks facing the financial system and to integrate that knowledge into investment decisions.

That may sound more like Corporate Finance 101 rather than an issue requiring the attention of a body simultaneously...

11 years 1 month ago

“Do you believe that diversity in the boardroom is a significant issue?”  The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the government body charged with protecting investors, asked this question of market participants last week.

I put the SEC’s question forward to the JustMeans community and an insightful debate on the very meaning of diversity ensued.  Commenters on JustMeans connected sound...

11 years 1 month ago

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

So goes the preamble of the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America, dated July 4, 1776 and signed by the likes of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson.On this day 233 years ago, the American colonies declared independence from Great Britain and committed to shaping a future of their own design.

While the country has failed in numerous regards...

11 years 2 months ago

This month San-Diego start-up Genomatica announced a breakthrough in the field of sustainable chemicals-they successfully converted natural sugar into BDO, an industrial plastic used to make fibers like Spandex. BDO has historically been manufactured entirely with fossil fuels, and now a renewably sourced, cheaper option appears within our grasp.  In order to move such technological developments from lab to market, companies like Genomatica generally depend on private financial markets.

While I won’t argue the world will be a better place with more Spandex (in fact, quite the opposite...