Jed Emerson: The Purpose of Capital [Ep. 142]

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Originator of the concepts of Blended Value and Total Portfolio Management, Jed Emerson has extensive experience leading, staffing and advising funds, firms, social ventures and foundations pursuing financial performance with social/environmental impact. In addition to his writing, Jed currently focuses on working with families exploring how to ensure a long term legacy by managing their full net worth for impact. He also advises investment firms on the implications of an impact investing framework for their practice. He is an internationally recognized Thought Leader in impact investing, social entrepreneurship and strategic philanthropy. Emerson has played founder roles with some of the nation’s leading venture philanthropy, community venture capital and social enterprises.

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Some highlights from Ryan Honeyman’s Conversation with Jed Emerson include:

  • Jed’s experience working in the non-profit sector before getting into philanthropy and impact investing

  • Why we often get sidetracked into the “how” of impact investing, instead of deeply exploring “why” we are doing this in the first place

  • Jed’s thoughts on reparations and whether wealthy individuals should give their money back to society

  • Comparisons between the books Winners Take All, Decolonizing Wealth, and Jed’s own book, The Purpose of Capital

  • Jed’s request for listeners, as they think about how to actualize his thoughts / advice in their daily lives

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