Earth Day, Drones and Arthur Rubinstein

I was in Monterey to give a talk on Commercialising ESG and Impact Investing at the Monterey Institute, last week. I really enjoyed being in Monterey and meeting the audience of students and professors, who were all looking to align their personal values with their career. Thank you Yuwei, Erina, and Sarah for the invitation and hospitality.


Next week TBLI ASIA will be held in Singapore, on April 29-30. Come join us. Our keynote speakers Arvind Narula and Ibrahim AlHusseini will inspire you with their vision and amazing projects. Meet many of the thought leaders in ESG and Impact Investing and learn why is there so much interest.

I would be grateful if you would register and/or forward this link or one pager to your network for those who would like to join us. TBLI CONFERENCE ASIA 2015, 29 & 30 April 2015, Singapore

“TBLI is a battery charger event. It’s an event that makes you realize how outdated your thinking has become. It is a crash course, a mini green investing MBA. It’s an energizing place – it’s got a critical role in diffusing the best practice”
Leo Johnson (PWC Partner and BBC Presenter Presenter of the BBC World News programmes “Down to Business” and “One Square Mile”.)

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Earth Day

My brother, Arthur Rubinstein, had his birthday on Earth Day. Happy Birthday. When we grew up on Brooklyn there was no Earth Day, just Arthur’s special day.  Now we can celebrate both. Hope you enjoyed yourself in a low carbon manner.

Climate Change

Saw a great scalable solution in sequestering carbon through massive tree planing. Bio Engineering wants to plant 1 billion trees a year through the use of drones.

A mensch in Detroit

My son, Sam, sent me an email saying “you have to watch the documentary Searching for Sugarman”. So, I said fine. I will go look for it. He came the next day and we watched it together. It was one of the most moving films, I have ever seen.

It is about a brilliant “unknown” singer, song writer from Detroit, named Rodruiguez. He wrote fantastic songs, made 2 albums, in the early 70’s, that no one bought. Financially a failure, but artistically  pure genius. His record got to South Africa and was distributed (copied) and became the inspiration for many artists who took up the struggle against apartheid.

There were rumours that he committed suicide on stage by blowing his brains out or pouring gasoline on himself. Discovering what ever happened to Rodriguez was the basis of this film. I won’t spoil the movie by telling you what happened. Rodriguez is a great inspiration for all those that work tirelessly, quietly, extremely hard in making life more fulfilling and joyful for others, as well as themselves.

Rodriguez. Thank you for being such a mensch and lifting my spirits, immensely and showing the potential of the human spirit. Rodruiguez’s story inspires all those that are doing the important work that they love, staying true to ourselves, and remaining authentic, no matter what.

To paraphrase Henry David Thoreau “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” Not Rodriguez or me. How about you?

Watch the movie and join TBLI in Singapore for inspiration, opportunity, and meeting new best friends.


Recently, I was looking for a new service provider. Iris found a large list of potential web application companies that would meet our needs. What struck me was that most of them were not transparent about their pricing. Most didn’t publish any pricing at all. The vast majority had a link to a demo which would lead to a sales pitch and then possibly a price. Some called me immediately. When I asked for the price and not a demo, I got the sales pitch “this is not a sales pitch, blah, blah.” Few would tell me what was the cost. One did say what the price was, but he made it clear that was not the price. It seems any price was possible. I felt like I landed in “used car land”.

Whatever happened to just being transparent? I see the same pattern among events organisers. Many don’t publish the sponsor rates, what are the sponsor benefits, what is the program, who is attending, and more.

Is there a problem being transparent? Is being non-transparent the new norm, inspite of the global fish bowl that the internet offers and sustainability demands.

Mohamed ElBaradei has a beautiful quote: “If you have nothing to hide, there is no reason not to be transparent”

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Reports and Podcasts

Check out this Plane Money Podcast: The Indicator Strikes Back episode

“By 2050, the business opportunities for sustainability-focused companies are expected to be between $3 trillion and $10 trillion annually, or up to 4.5 percent of global GDP” Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing:

Books, Reports, and Updates

Last week I was in Israel speaking at the First Israel Impact Investing Conference. It was packed, and I was happily surprised that my talk went so well. I never had so many new fans come up to me, after giving a lecture. I was surprised how the Israeli audience fully grasped the humour and content. There was a deep interest in aligning money with values. Great start Ronnie (organiser). Thank you.


Next week very big announcement. Stay tuned! See you in Singapore TBLI CONFERENCE ASIA April 29-30

Reports and Books:

Greening China’s Financial System: Synthesis Report

Transforming Wall Street.

What does TBLI Mean to Me?

I asked some relations who have been coming to TBLI CONFERENCE for years to give some insight into what does TBLI mean to them. Giulio Franzinetti, a dear friend and financial advisor responded. If you have personal stories, please share them.

“Going to TBLI conferences has been of significant value to me personally. I have met some great people and made good friends but the most important thing is the impact it has had on my view of SRI then ESG and subsequently impact investment and those who pursue its real goals. These goals, often poorly represented, have created new hope for those involved and I can only marvel at their achievements.”

TBLI Foundation target 100.000 euros

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. I would like to ask for your help in allowing us to reach our goal of Euros 100.000. This will allow us to  to increase our educational outreach and start the process of putting all of our content online, including our network.

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