Influences | Blog
It’s impossible to illustrate on a timeline precisely when, where and how influences shape us. They are everywhere, continual and constant. Some are below.
At first glance, the initiatives that DGI supports may seem unrelated but they speak volumes about the esoteric mindset of the person connected to them all, as do the thoughts and collections below.
Where Would We Be Without Perseverance and Tenacity?
Scientist Katalin Kariko, Ph.D., deserves a Nobel Prize for her foundational work that made two of the highly effective Covid-19 vaccines possible. Dr. Kariko’s unique and highly specialized work on messenger RNA lie [...]
Science, With a Side of Mystery
Fabulous aerial photo of Jean, Nevada by Bobak Ha'Eri .... As an investor, I take science seriously. The companies I invest in are at the cutting edge of science. zNano Membranes, for example, uses patented nanotechn [...]
Microplastics are Everywhere. A Nevada Researcher Wants to Know How They Spread.
Huge shout out to The Nevada Independent and Dr. Monica Arienzo, a researcher at the Desert Research Institute, and author Daniel Rothberg for highlighting this incredibly important story that follows. Reprinted here [...]
Macro, Micro, Marble
Macro, Micro, Marble It’s grim: Dead marine animals found with plastic waste stuffing their stomachs and throats. Others entangled in plastic. Oceana’s new study describes nearly 1,800 such cases found along coasts i [...]
“Just Say No!” to Plastics
“Just Say No!” to Plastics Let’s face it: We’re addicted to plastic. The ease of packaging and other uses keeps us blind to the devastating effects plastic pollution is having on the environment – including our bodie [...]
How Many Pounds of Clothes Do We Need?
How Many Pounds of Clothes Do We Need? In 1990, we each owned about 17 pounds of clothes. By 2016, we owned on average more than 57 pounds each. And, when you think about how little some people on this planet own, so [...]
Sardines Packed with Plastic?
Sardines Packed with Plastic? Did you know your smelly-but-delicious serving of sardines might contain actual plastic that worked its way up the food chain? New research found microplastics in several types of seafoo [...]
PPE is a Good Thing But…
Plastics are a key element in the personal protective equipment (PPE) protecting health care providers and patients alike during the COVID-19 epidemic. The rest of us are also using PPE as we wear masks and gloves in [...]
Inequality Has 1,000 Faces
Inequality has a 1,000 faces. CEO pay is one. I care about inequality. Even though I'm a small-government conservative, I've been donating to Democrats this year because I'm focused on one particular issue: share buy [...]
World Oceans Day 2020
Monday marks World Oceans Day, recognized by the United Nations since 2008. Thousands of organizations and companies worldwide are celebrating World Oceans Week under this year’s banner, “Innovation for a sustainable [...]
#Impinv’s Role in Pandemic Recovery
The importance of impact investing is underscored by both growing needs and good returns during these early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, says Marisa Drew, CEO of the Credit Suisse Impact Advisory and Finance Depart [...]
Breeding Grounds … But for What?
Plastic pollution – most of it from our clothing and fabrics, surprisingly, and some of it decades old – is piling up in biodiversity hotspots in the ocean, new research shows. Once microplastics fall to the ocean fl [...]
Doing Good on a Large Scale
The fashion industry is a real water-guzzling force that annually consumes some 79 billion cubic meters of water – enough to fill 32 million Olympic swimming pools. And that number is expected to increase by 50 perce [...]
Impact Investing During Economic Meltdown
Dire economic threats in the Covid-19 pandemic are heightened in developing countries. Given that much impact investing focuses there, we at DGI are wondering how #impinv leaders are responding. A recent interview in [...]
Short-Term Setback for Single-Use Plastic Ban
Decades of work to ban single-use plastic bags at checkout counters are being upended almost overnight because of potential coronavirus contagion risks. It seems necessary in the short-term, but we hope the movement [...]
We’re Washing the Water Clean
As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, it’s difficult to think about anything else – but we must. When the virus is contained, herd immunity reached, medications and a vaccine developed, we’ll still be face-to-face with t [...]
Helping Social Entrepreneurs Through Pandemic Upheaval
As the COVID-19 pandemic explodes across the globe, every entrepreneur is affected, including social entrepreneurs. This group, comprised of individuals, organizations and companies that pursue new ways to solve comm [...]
All Hands on Deck for Small Businesses
Here we are, called as individuals, as businesses and as a nation to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. The reporters and editors at Inc. magazine website are doing a nice job of updating small business owners on resou [...]
COVID-19: Back to Essentials
The world has changed almost overnight. More than ever, washing our hands is one of the day’s most important rituals, repeated over and over. Gratitude for clean water is also part of that ritual, for those of us luc [...]
Science + Industry = Alliance?
No matter what we do about fracking – increase it, limit it or stop it – we’re going to have to clean the wastewater already created in the process. The need is clear. The politics, not so much. A new article in Fore [...]
Nanofiltration Market is Strong and Growing
Allied Market Research (AMR) recently posted a summary of its “Nanofiltration Membrane Market Outlook – 2025” report, and the market looks strong. Valued at $643.22 million in 2017, the global market will climb to $9 [...]
ESG Investors Address Water Risk
The human need for clean water is one of the biggest concerns among ESG (environmental, social and governance) investors worldwide, says a recent article on Greenbiz.com. The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Risk [...]
Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is
Part of the fun, the emotional reward of impact investing is supporting changes we want to see in the world. Part is choosing the solutions we believe will work. A good first step in considering where to impact inves [...]
Exploring Impact Investors’ Objectives, Strategies and Processes
Investment leaders at the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) just released their most recent research on impact measurement and management (IMM). The 68-page second edition of their IMM survey explores impact inv [...]
Wastewater in the Permian Basin
We at DGI believe that finding ways to recover the water produced by fracking is critical to the success of this industry. The world’s most prolific oil field, the Permian Basin, for example, is located in southern N [...]
What’s Your Water Footprint?
How can one cup of tea contain 27 quarts of water? That’s not a math puzzle – that’s an accurate accounting of a “water footprint,” UN Water says. An group that coordinates the efforts of United Nations entities and [...]
Sustainable Investing: Would $1 Trillion Help Your Cause?
The world’s largest fund manager – Blackrock – has announced the company plans to increase its sustainable assets to $1 trillion within a decade. That can buy a lot of change! The company aims to become a leader in s [...]
You Think Your Water Bill is High?
Most of us in the US – at least for now – can take for granted the clean, affordable water that flows through our faucets. Millions of people in developing countries, however, find that getting water feels like highw [...]
The (Investing) Times, They are a Changin’
As impact investors, we’re happy to see Bloomberg News predict great things ahead in 2020 for this and related fields in finance. Bloomberg summarizes the action ahead in five categories: 1) Investors reconsidering w [...]
CEO Water Mandate: 2019 in Review
Looking for inspiration as we head into 2020? Check out the 2019 CEO Water Mandate Annual Report to learn how companies around the globe are joining together in this international water stewardship effort. To date, 1 [...]
Impact Investing: Inspiration for a New Decade
Reflecting on my goals and intentions for 2020 and beyond, I’m thinking about the words of Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) CEO Amit Boury. He’s an inspiring guy, in words and deeds. I saw him in at the 2019 GI [...]
Best and Brightest Are Learning Around the World
The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University is running some interesting programs teaching the business leaders of tomorrow through a global lens. Each year, 25 Daytime MBA students consult with social enterprise [...]
Putting Your Money Where Your Planet Is
The Economist is holding its 2020 “Investing for Impact” conference in New York City on February 13, 2020. The keynote speaker will be Jeremy Grantham, CEO of investment firm Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co. (G [...]
Is Your Money Moral?
The Financial Times is hosting its “Investing for Good USA 2019” conference in New York tomorrow. The subtitle is “Mobilizing private capital to meet the SDGs,” referring to the United Nations’ Sustainable Developmen [...]
Insights from the GIIN Investor Forum 2019
Our colleagues at GIIN (the Global Impact Investing Network) continually develop and refine rigorous approaches to impact investing. In a new podcast interview, GIIN Co-founder and CEO Amit Bouri talks about scaling [...]
Sustainable Investing: The Enduring Revolution
We can stand by and watch the climate crisis unfold, or we can use impact investing to put our money to work to stop the advance. Leslie Samuelrich, who leads Green Century Capital Management, outlines in a new artic [...]
Stop Sending Plastic Fibers into the Environment
“At the cost of just one cup of coffee every week, you can stop sending plastic fibers into the environment,” Planet Care tells us on their website. We need to stop plastic pollution at every source, and our the expe [...]
Every Human Should be Alarmed by the Plastic Crisis in our Oceans
A powerful Washington Post editorial last week supported a bipartisan call by several senators to address the crisis of plastic pollution in our oceans. “Without change,” the senators warned, “there will be more plas [...]
85% of Investors are Interested in Impact Investing
Impact Investing 101 -- Impact investing. It’s a buzzword for sure – but do you really know what it means? We at DGI are big proponents of investing our money with the intention of creating a positive environmental e [...]
Rising Drought Risk Spurs Most Cash Into Water Funds in a Decade
Water shortages are plaguing countries around the globe, and the need for solutions creates strong opportunities for long-term investments. The water industry has traditionally been an under-invested sector, say Anis [...]
The Earth Needs a Line in the Budget
Who pays? Only the rich? You think so? Think again. "Don’t tax me--tax that fellow behind the tree," lamented U.S. Senator Russel B. Long. “One of the biggest impacts of globalization has been the democratization of [...]
Intel and Other Big Firms Begin to Fund Willamette River Restoration Work
Hats off to Intel Corp. for funding work by the Greenbelt Land Trust in Oregon to restore a lake’s natural habitat. The recent work at Horseshoe Lake near Corvallis, a 236-acre property, re-opened water access to its [...]
2019 GIIN Investor Forum in Amsterdam
We attended GIIN’s 2019 Investor Forum in Amsterdam last week with 1200 other impact investors and investment professionals. GIIN (the Global Impact Investing Network) produced two full days of panels, lectures and o [...]
Thinking About Becoming an Impact Investor?
The Center for Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business is a leader on research about impact investment. The October issue of Life Science Leader features CASE facul [...]
Climate Emergency: Impact Report
Congratulations to our colleagues at Tribe Impact Capital, who have declared a “Climate Emergency” as they deliver their first climate “Impact Report” as part of their annual business report. Last April Tribe cosigne [...]
We’re Past the Days of the Abacus…
What are the impacts in impact investing and how to do know when these impacts have been made? Most impact investors know this kind of analysis is a growing and still imperfect science. We can’t do without it, but we [...]
The World is Under Extremely High Water Stress
The world is under extremely high water stress. This interactive article by Somini Sengupta and Weiyi Cai, published in the New York Times on August 6, details with data just how dire the situation is: "Countries tha [...]
Poor Water Quality Correlates with Stalled Economic Growth
I sometimes get the feeling that the United Nations’ SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) are regarded in some quarters as a nice idea, or window dressing on global development inequities. But they’re actually more i [...]
Water Investment: Will Something Better Come Along?
As Christopher Gasson writes: "In the real world, World Water Week [25-30 August] exists because the ideas that come out of Stockholm and other meetings such as the World Water Forum [most recently in June 2019, in S [...]
The More The Merrier
Apollo Global Management evidently plans to establish an impact investing arm, anonymous sources told Bloomberg News this week. It’s great to see another major investment firm join the sustainable/make-a-difference c [...]