Tuesday, December 8
1:00 – 2:30 pm Pacific
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It is becoming more and more evident that our efforts to do good are being overwhelmed by an economic system working at cross purpose with our values of justice, sustainability, and well-being. We need to invest in transformative systems change to meet the future needs of people and the planet. What do those investments look like and how do we as individuals and institutions begin to move the money away from our current broken economic system towards reimagining a new regenerative economy?

Through her work, Deborah has focused on closing the racial wealth divide and asks essential questions about the role of investors – who has the voice and the power in making governance and financial decisions?

Move the Money, is a strategy of New Economy Washington and aims to divest from the extractive, exploitative economy and invest in self-determination for communities most impacted.

Our goal with the Move the Money series is to learn together and better understand the complexity of systems change and how our communities are being affected, and what role we can play in a just transition toward a regenerative economy. Our second and third sessions will include a reflective practice and will be designed based on the collective feedback of this first session. We will explore actions and how each of us can drive transformational systems change using the full spectrum of capital available to us, including investment portfolios, philanthropic funding, and economic activities to engage in local place-based community-identified projects that are ready to build the new.

Deborah Frieze is founder and president of the Boston Impact Initiative, an impact investing fund working to close the racial wealth divide in Eastern Massachusetts. The fund takes an integrated capital approach, combining investing, lending and giving to build a resilient and inclusive local economy. Deborah is co-author (with Margaret Wheatley) of Walk Out Walk On, an award-winning book that profiles pioneering leaders who walked out of organizations failing to contribute to the common good—and walked on to build resilient communities. She is also founder of the Old Oak Dojo, an urban learning center in Boston, MA.

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