Milestones


Lester Brown to Retire.

I received the announcement that the Earth Policy Institute plans to cease operations. Very sad, but understandable. The founder, Lester Brown will retire in June 2015. Lester was a hero of mine and a great champion of bringing sense to an economic system that was self-destructive. His statistical analysis were essential to understanding the destructive forces at play as well as the clear profitable solutions that was being offered. If you are not familiar with him or the Earth Policy Institute, go visit their website.

Lester Brown surely comes to mind when one reads Man in the Arena by Theodore Roosevelt.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Excerpt from Theodore Roosevelt’s speech “Citizenship In A Republic”delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910

Getting out of ghetto is successful!

According to multiple, peer-reviewed studies, simply being in an open network instead of a closed one is the best predictor of career success. Michael Simmons, Forbes ENTREPRENEURS 

University of Chicago research shows that the social network you create offers competitive advantage for growth and innovation

26th TBLI CONFERENCE will be held in  Chicago, January 23, 2015

I am looking forward to greeting our speakers and guests at TBLI CONFERENCE@BOOTH/KELLOGG 2015 this week in Chicago. Keynote is Irene Pritzker, President of IDP Foundation

Can’t make it or want to support our capacity building on ESG and Impact Investing, make a charitable donation to TBLI Foundation.


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2015 Year of Reflection and Balance


I wish everyone a balanced 2015, and that we all take some time for reflection. It seems the transition from one year to the next has gotten blurred in this 24/7 life. Let’s think about how we can all work to bring back some harmony in our lives and enrich the lives of people around us. Follow your hearts and your dreams. 

“A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind.“

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

In Memory of some of the great ones we lost in 2014:

Robin Williams•Philip Seymour Hoffman• Maya Angelou•Mike Nichols• Lauren Bacall•Mickey Rooney.Joe Cocker•Phil Everly•Pete Seeger•Harold Ramis•Sid Caeser•Antony Hopkins•Rik Mayall•Eli Wallach• James Garner•Nadine Gordimer•Richard Attenborough•Joan Rivers•Raymond F. Magliozzi

They and many, many others will all be missed, as they all enriched our lives. One person, who I was close to was Raymond Jablonka, who was my uncle. He was a great man and a real mensch. He didn’t cure cancer or create another social media site that went public. He was just a wonderful human being who loved his family, worked hard, enjoyed his life, and enriched other people’s live. I will miss him dearly, but his spirit, as the spirit of all those who passed this year will live in our memories. Their spirit will manifest itself in many ways. Just pay attention.

Robert Rubinstein
TBLI Foundation


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TBLI Foundation and How to use Impact Investing to engage wealth holders.


How can Impact Investing help engagement with Wealth Holders? I recently wrote this for Huffington Post. Hope you enjoy it.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-rubinstein/impact-investing-offers-o_b_6313524.html

TBLI Foundation

As you plan your year-end giving, I would like to ask for your support. TBLI CONFERENCE has achieved a great deal in educating asset owners and managers about ESG and Impact Investing. With your contribution to our Foundation, we could do much more.

We launched TBLI Foundation in 2014, to help us scale up our educational outreach on ESG and Impact Investing. I want to thank all of you who have made a donation to TBLI Foundation, some of whom want to remain anonymous. With these contributions, we have been able to double the number of events, partner with business schools and start preparing for further dissemination of our content to a wider audience.

Founders Level

Warmth Asset Management
De Pury Pictet Turrettini & Cie
Golden Bottle Trust
Ms. N. B. Moghaddam

Patron Level
River Star Foundation
URMAT

Support Level
ASN BANK
SNS Bank
Rapaport USA Inc.
US Tax & Financial Services Sàrl
ValleyRoad Capital SA
Goodwell Investments
Shawn Lesser
Robert Temple

Friend Level
Newforesight Consultancy
Impact First Investments
Glen MacDonald
Laura Giadorou-Koch
Rufo Quintavalle
Tevan B.V.
Phenix Capital
Sylvie Giscaro
Peter Koenig Consulting

Support TBLI Foundation

Those who make a donation will be clearly recognized as TBLI Founder, TBLI Patron, TBLI Supporter, or TBLI Friend.

Levels of Giving:

• TBLI Founder- Euros 5000+
• TBLI Patron- Euros 2500+ up to 5000
• TBLI Supporter-Euros 1000+ up to 2500
• TBLI Friend- Euros 250 up to 1000
 
-Donations accepted via paypal, here

-Donations via Bank Transfer:

Stichting TBLI
Herengracht 450
1017 CA Amsterdam
ING Iban : NL58 INGB 0006 3272 56
Bank nr 6327256

If you require a tax efficient channel, TBLI has partnered with the global donor-advised fund SharedImpact to offer individual supporters of TBLI in the United Kingdom and the United States a tax-efficient channel through which they can make donations to TBLI.  For more information visit Shared Impact

Thank you.

We are extremely grateful for your support.

Robert Rubinstein
TBLI Foundation


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TBLI New Years Wishes- Be a Mensch!


To paraphrase Simon and Garfunkel’s song Mrs. Robinson, “where have you gone Joe Dimagio…” Where have all the leaders gone, who have that rare quality of being a mensch (Yiddish word that means “a person of integrity.”).

Take a look at FDR’s proposed second Bill of Rights that was filmed after he delivered his State of the Union Address via radio on January 11, 1944. Inspiring, visionary and way ahead of his time.

I wish you great joy and integrity for the New Year.

“Integrity has no need of rules.”
Albert Camus

TBLI Foundation

We launched TBLI Foundation in 2014, to help us scale up our educational outreach on ESG and Impact Investing. I want to thank all of you who have made a donation to TBLI Foundation, some of whom want to remain anonymous. With these contributions, we have been able to double the number of events, partner with business schools and start preparing for further dissemination of our content to a wider audience.

As you plan your year-end giving, I would like to ask for your support. TBLI CONFERENCE has achieved a great deal in educating asset owners and managers about ESG and Impact Investing. With your contribution, we could do much more.

Founders Level
Warmth Asset Management
De Pury Pictet Turrettini & Cie
Golden Bottle Trust
Ms. N. B. Moghaddam

Patron Level
River Star Foundation
URMAT

Support Level
ASN BANK
SNS Bank
Rapaport USA Inc.
US Tax & Financial Services Sàrl
ValleyRoad Capital SA
Goodwell Investments
Shawn Lesser
Robert Temple

Friend Level
Newforesight Consultancy
Impact First Investments
Glen MacDonald
Laura Giadorou-Koch
Rufo Quintavalle
Tevan B.V.
Phenix Capital
Sylvie Giscaro
Peter Koenig Consulting

Support TBLI Foundation

Those who make a donation will be clearly recognized as TBLI Founder, TBLI Patron, TBLI Supporter, or TBLI Friend.

Levels of Giving:

• TBLI Founder- Euros 5000+
• TBLI Patron- Euros 2500+ up to 5000
• TBLI Supporter-Euros 1000+ up to 2500
• TBLI Friend- Euros 250 up to 1000
 
-Donations accepted via paypal, here

-Donations via Bank Transfer:

Stichting TBLI
Knsmlaan 53
1019 LB Amsterdam
ING Iban : NL58 INGB 0006 3272 56
Bank nr 6327256

If you require a tax efficient channel, TBLI has partnered with the global donor-advised fund SharedImpact to offer individual supporters of TBLI in the United Kingdom and the United States a tax-efficient channel through which they can make donations to TBLI.  For more information visit Shared Impact

Thank you.

We are extremely grateful for your support.

Robert Rubinstein
TBLI Foundation


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