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December 2004

Socially Responsible Investing: Making Money vs. Making Meaning

Paul Hawken, founder of the Natural Capital Institute, recently asked “Is Your Money Where Your Heart Is? (The Truth about SRI Funds)” in an Evergreen Monthly article criticizing many of the so-called "socially responsible investment" (SRI) mutual funds for a lack of standards, definitions and [social] accountability.  Investors who want to put their money where their hearts are -- assuming they believe in [corporate] social responsibility -- may be investing in funds that are not, in fact, aligned with their values. The article was inspiring, and provoked a number of responses from leaders in the SRI community; one in particular inspired me to write a letter to the editor ... and post it here as well.

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Oprah on The Joy of Connecting (and Disconnecting)

The December issue of O: The Oprah Magazine has a special section on the benefits of connecting with and relating to one another ... and (of course) a number of suggestions for ways that people can connect -- or disconnect -- with others.  I felt more than slightly self-conscious going through the checkout line of the local Safeway with a copy of the magazine among my groceries.  But I decided to follow a tip from Bart Preecs and Dale Washburn, who told me of a woman in their office who had mentioned an article in the magazine reporting that isolation was the second leading cause of death, after lung cancer.  So I picked up a copy, and found a number of interesting articles.

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Life and Safety, Champagne and Strawberries, Candles and Torches

I took Meg to get her wrist cast off at Bellevue Bone and Joint Physicians recently, where they had the following quotation posted:

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, Champagne in one hand, strawberries in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out & screaming 'WOO HOO - What a ride!'"

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