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You’re going to take the world by storm. You’re talented and trustworthy, and you have a work ethic that’s second to none. These words probably aren’t coming as a surprise. You’ve already achieved a successful track record and have earned the trust and respect of your peers.
“There’s absolutely no excuse for not starting your company due to lack of funding,” claims Tom Bedecarre, Chairman at AKQA. He should know. Tom started what would become the largest digital ad agency in Silicon Valley in the pre-dot com days. If you are weighing whether you should jump in head first and hang your shingle “Open for Business,” Super Madman, Tom Bedecarre says, “Just do it!.”
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.”
Win $20,000! The Robin Cosgrove Prize was launched two years before the world’s financial crisis. The award was created in honor of Robin Cosgrove, a handsome 31 year- old investment banker who died in a tragic climbing accident on Mount Blanc in the French Alps in 2004.
Donnel Baird, an Echoing Green “Black Male Achievement” Fellow has launched BlocPower an innovative social venture based in New York City to bring low cost renewable energy to low income urban areas. BlocPower aggregates groups of consumers–like Groupon–to negotiate energy savings, pricing discounts, and community hiring quotas with renewable and energy efficiency firms.
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.
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.