Perhaps no one is better suited to a deep and searching investigation of the absence of ethics in finance, than Yale Research Professor and grandson of Wall Street reformer, President Teddy Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt Malloch. Like his ancestors before him (including distant cousin FDR), Malloch is passionate about bringing back honor and integrity to a profession that has lost its moral compass over the last three decades. He seems to have also inherited some of the vast courage of conviction and commitment to justice well-known in his family tree.
John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods and Raj Sisodia Conscious Capitalism thought leader and Professor at Bentley University are co-founders of a new movement called: conscious capitalism. As Mackey describes it, a vision of business infused “with passion, purpose, love and creativity — a world of freedom, harmony, prosperity and compassion.”
Wall Street’s Values Don’t Have to be Your Values claims thought leader Patricia Aburdene. In “Conscious Money,” a new ground-breaking book, Patricia Aburdene brings together the spiritual and practical in a guide to achieving prosperity through values-based choices.
Editor’s Note: UK native, John Elkington pens an online column for the Guardian’s Sustainable Business section. He is also an expert on business leadership. Together with colleague Susie Braun, the dynamic duo have published a ground-breaking report on the new economy called: “Breakthrough: Business Leaders, Market Revolutions.” The report offers solutions to essential problems affecting our capitalist structure such as the current lack of inclusiveness and sustainability. Here are two brief blogs detailing more of their “market revolution” concepts and why we need to do it.
Riane Eisler, former sociology and law professor at UCLA is one of the world’s most progressive social scientists and champion of what she terms: The Caring Economy. In her bestselling book, “The Chalice and the Blade,” Eisler details “how humankind once lived in a caring, sharing environment.”
SRI Expert Ben Bingham Reports: Some of us in the early 70’s wore Birkenstocks for comfort not fashion, grew our own food organically, baked bread and made our own granola. Back then consumers like us accepted the fact that there was little healthy to choose in stores, so we made do on our own. Health-food stores and co-ops were just beginning to pop up and many of the altruistic proprietors had no clue how to keep moths out of the bulk grain or how to keep their veggies from dehydrating.
Since the passage of the overwhelmingly bipartisan Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”) on April 5, 2012, the curiosity of a revolutionary small business financing mechanism called, Crowdfunding (also referred to as Title III of the JOBS Act, “Crowdfund Investing” or “CrowdInvesting”), has intensified.
Hazel Henderson is one of the most innovative and effective global economic leaders in the 21st century. Her pioneering work spans half a century of economic and environmental initiatives beginning with the Clean Air Act in New York in 1963. She is a tireless champion of people and planet. Her intelligence and insight remains the standard bearer for ethical reform and her enthusiasm for positive change is contagious!
John Fullerton worked at JP Morgan for over 20 years in senior level positions including as the former head of global derivatives. When he left in 2001, the Wall Street fixed income markets were a different place. In those days according to John, there was a deeper sense of honor and personal responsibility that was lost in the build-up to the financial crisis and the questionable ethics that remain in the mortgage securities and lending markets today.