Carbon Tax Success, and $ 21 Trillion in Assets

TBLI Nostalgia

In 2006, we held our first event in Asia. Bangkok, Thailand would be the host for TBLI CONFERENCE ASIA for the next 3 years. We really enjoyed hosting it there. Wonderful people, fantastic support, lots of fun, great food, beautiful Thai musicians, oh yeah almost forgot. The programs and networking were first class. I particularly enjoyed Piyasvasti Amranand, Minister of Energy and Senator Mechai Viravaidya, Founder and Chairman – Population And Community Development Association – Thailand.

The entire event was spectacular as you can see from the video and photos. I got quite emotional watching the film, as it brought back wonderful memories convening TBLI all these years. Many friendships were started and communities were forged. I was certainly younger. We even had a journalist from Dutch Radio, VPRO interviewing the various thought leaders.

Below is a video with impressions of that first TBLI in Asia. You can find more impressions of other TBLI CONFERENCES, maybe you will find a photo of yourself or friend. I apologise for the bad quality, but I was going through the archives and came across this video. Sorry if  you are not a Joni Mitchell fan, but I am.

Please join us in Singapore for TBLI CONFERENCE ASIA April 29-30 to create new memories.

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How to adopt a Winning Carbon Tax. British Columbia has shown that it can work. Good reading.  British Columbia, Canada, implemented a carbon tax in 1998 and was a success. What can we learn from them.

ESG investments world wide reached $ 21 Trillion, according to Gloabal Sustainable Investment Review 2014, compiled by Global Sustainable Investment Alliance. The report covers all the different strategies.

  • Negative/exclusionary screening,
  • Positive/best-in-class screening,
  • Norms-based screening,
  • Integration of ESG factors,
  • Sustainability-themed investing,
  • Impact/community investing, and
  • Corporate engagement and shareholder action.

TBLI History, Business Schools and Podcasts


TBLI has been held 27 times over the years, in many different countries. One of the most memorable events was Paris, 2006. We had a spectacular location at the Palais Brogniart, and kept it there for 2 years. Unbelievable food. I should say food art. Fantastic program. One particular session that stands out was a session on Faith Consistent Investing, with representatives from the Catholic, Islamic, Jewish and Shinto Community. The room was packed and we were all happily surprised by the interest. Definitely worth repeating and we will this year.

These photos brings back great memories, particularly the two boys at the bottom. Sam and Silas, my sons.

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Sustainability now key selling point for business schools attracting students

After years of neglect, students are now demanding business courses include sustainability on the syllabus . Good to hear.

Good News!

I was catching up on my podcasts. One particular podcast that is a great inspiration is  The Good Fight. The podcast highlights people who are fighting the good fight for the benefit of all. When I was listening to the various inspiring heros and what they did to achieve their goals, understaffed, underfunded, against great odds,  without any fanfare or special attention it really lifted my spirits. Most important they were successful.  It reminded me of TBLI and the work we do, as well as all of those in our network. All working to improve the social and environmental condition. Check out the podcast and listen to the Win List. A weekly list of progressive wins. Good dose of good news. Oh yes. Come join our community working to create an economy based upon well being by attending TBLI.


What is TBLI?

Over the years, we have received many testimonials and compliments by colleagues who have tried to replicate TBLI, but often missing the secrete sauce. I am also asked “what sets TBLI CONFERENCE apart from the rest?”. The testimonials and replications are always encouraging,  to continue doing the educational outreach, we have been doing for nearly 18 years.

A few weeks ago we held TBLI CONFERENCE@BOOTH/KELLOGG, in Chicago and I was thoroughly happy with the event. Yesterday, one of the participants sent a beautiful email to our team thanking them for organising the event. It was clear that this participant understood what we do,  why we do it, and how the secret sauce works that sets TBLI apart from the rest.

Thank you John.

Dear Robert/Stephanie/Iris,

Thank you for a superlative Conference experience. I was, with gratitude, singing your praises on our Friday conference call last week!

This was one of the very best Conferences I have experienced. TBLI @BOOTH/KELLOGG ’15 has only begun to prove how productive it is, as good follow-up networking ensues. I look forward to exploring and benefiting from the build-out of TBLI, as a conference, an educational resource, a professional, experiental, and informational network.

But “network” is a cold word for TBLI, a place where one feels right at home, truly advancing one’s agenda in harmony with the evolving triple-bottom-line investing community. It was remarkable how you established an atmosphere so conducive to forming and furthering relationship.

Most Sincerely,
John Steven Bianucci
Director of Impact
Iroquois Valley Farms, LLC:

A Growth Stock for the Next Generation


The program and registration for TBLI CONFERENCE ASIA and TBLI CONFERENCE NORDIC  is now online. If you want to join us and take advantage of the early bird discount:

TBLI CONFERENCE Asia, Singapore, April 29-30 register now.

TBLI CONFERENCE NORDIC, Copenhagen, June 15-16 register now.

Want to be a speaker at TBLI NORDIC?

Want to be a speaker at  TBLI ASIA?

Looking forward to greeting you all this year at TBLI.

Robert Rubinstein


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.