Supporting Local Economies (02:46)
Globalization can harm local economies; activist Judy Wicks stresses the importance of supporting local economies. She asserts that food security, water security, and energy security, in all communities, is the foundation for world peace.
Social Entrepreneurs: ASHOKA (00:59)
Social entrepreneurs find innovative solutions to social problems. The organization ASHOKA supports the work of social entrepreneurs by providing grants and other support.
Social Entrepreneurs: Grameen Foundation (02:10)
Social entrepreneurs find innovative solutions to social problems. Grameen Bank provides micro-credit to some of the world's poorest people, empowering them to lift themselves out of poverty.
Community Investment Notes: The Calvert Foundation (01:09)
Major investment funds have begun to launch community investing efforts. The executive director of the Calvert Foundation explains the financial and social needs and benefits of these kinds of investments.
First Nations Development Institute (02:00)
Rebecca Adamson founded the First Nations Development Institute to support native peoples around the world in protecting their land, rights, and heritage. The design principles for First Nations' Lakota Fund and The Calvert Foundation's community investment notes are the same.
Investment at the Local Level (02:14)
Community investment programs channel investments directly to the local level. They often finance non-profit community developers, provide loans for housing, small business, and related support programs.
Equal Access to Communications (01:54)
The organization Equal Access works to help some of the world's most impoverished people achieve financial independence. Rather than providing money, the organization installs communications technologies as a path to economic freedom.
Ethical Globalization (02:33)
The worldwide trend toward developing community leaders who make local level changes represents an important step in the evolution of human society. Those working to empower new local leaders in a variety of ways describe their efforts.
Community Based Investment Banking (05:06)
Shore Bank investors and executives place equal value on profitability, community development, and conservation. The institution lends in under-invested communities, provides wealth-building opportunities, and promotes environmental stewardship.
Investing in Healthy Communities and Quality of Life (03:17)
Sustaining healthy communities requires investment in education, health, race relations, air and water quality, affordable housing, arts and culture, and more. Community oriented investing now provides comparable returns as other assets in financial markets.
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