Danielle PiskadloThe future of impact investing was the hottest topic on my recent tour of the Boston impact investing conference circuit, which included the New England Impact Investing Initiative/Building a Sustainable Investment Community (BASIC), Boston’s Net Impact Summit, and the Harvard Social Enterprise Conference. My list of all the 2018 trends discussed at these events, has 20 trends on it! Wow, that’s a busy year. This blog post is my attempt to distill these trends into four buckets (many of which are linked).
“All the people I know are here” one older lady spoke to her partner. “Seriously, I do not know many people, but they are all here!”
In this peaceful, friendly, nonpartisan assembly, people celebrated the diversity of the United States and delivered messages about equality, dignity, and justice. People displayed creative signs demonstrating their beliefs and values, and photographed others to capture this historic moment.
According to the official announcement, there were over 90,000 people registered to participate the march as of Inauguration Day. Post-march estimates indicate that nearly 175,000 joined the Boston Women's March on January 21st.
Robin Miller with input from Rafael de la Puente and Anton MalinTwo years ago, a group of long-time SRI industry professionals led by emeriti members of the First Affirmative Financial Network felt it important to increase the number of aspiring young professionals attending the annual SRI Conference (formerly SRI in the Rockies). These members raised money to award scholarships to exceptional students and young professionals interested in careers in sustainable, responsible and impact investing from across the country. The scholarships cover the cost of registration, lodging and transportation to the conference.
For the 27th SRI Conference in Denver, twelve scholarships were given in memory of Laurie McClain who passed away this spring. McClain was a financial planner and First Affirmative Financial Network advisor who was highly respected by her colleagues and peers.
Several scholars this year are part of BASIC-Boston. Here are a few of their key takeaways from the conference:
The speakers included Grassroots International’s Executive Director, Chung-Wha Hong and Director of Grantmaking and Advocacy, Sara Mersha who spoke about the organization’s work to connect people in the United States with global movements solving the root causes of inequality and climate change. Robert Zevin, Founder of Zevin Asset Management, joined them to speak about why he has supported the organization for several decades.