How Can We Better Invest Our Money? Green Drinks September Forum
- 12-09-2019 19:00 - 21:00
- BAU Architects, Shanghai
In September 2008 we witnessed one of the worst economic slowdown in a generation. It naturally made people ask what went wrong. Apart from the usual answers, one thing that played a decisive role was unmitigated greed.
“Greed by homeowners led to purchases of houses they couldn’t afford. Greed on Wall Street led to the creation of clever new financial instruments. Greed by CEOs led to corporate extravagances and ridiculously high executive compensation packages. Greed by consumers led to excessive use of credit cards to buy things now, rather than wait till they earned the money to pay for it.”
Eleven years have passed since. Greed or not, one thing that hasn’t changed is that individuals and businesses want their money to ‘grow’. One other thing that also hasn’t changed is there is still a large number of people globally living in conditions that are far below ideal and the large income inequality.
As individuals and businesses, is it possible to grow our wealth ethically, while also helping those in need? After all, we should be using money as a force for good, and ethical investments can create incredible positive impact.
From working for ethical companies to having personal financial plans to investing in small businesses, donating to charities, purchasing from local companies, and buying from responsible brands, there’s a lot we can do with our money, as we aim to discuss in Green Initiatives’ 124th monthly Green Drinks forum, including discussion questions such as:
- Can we change the way we feel about money? Can it be a source of empowerment instead of imprisonment?
- How can money be a force for good? How can we better invest our money?
- Is there any development in ethical financial practices in companies since the Crisis?
- What are some economic concepts worth knowing? Buddhist economics? Microfinance? Impact investment?
Subject: We know that investing is essential for our financial future but that doesn't mean that your strategy can't align with your morals. We'll go over how to select investments that not only are in the business of making money but also in the business of funding companies that will help keep the earth green.
Background: Deshawn is from the US but has called Shanghai his home for the past five years. In this time, he's devoted to connecting with the expat's community through his mantra, "Finance & Fitness". He works in the financial planning realm and helping expats navigate their plans while making their way in the Middle Kingdom. He's certified in the UK and US to practice wealth management. He helps his clients align their lifestyle, goals, and morals within their portfolio. On weekends catch him with Beastmode WODs.
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