Friday’s Thoughts: Beyond Bifurcated Approaches

We are neither purely economic creatures nor social beings. By extension, all of our organizations have elements of financial, social, and environmental performance embedded within them, regardless of whether they are for profit or nonprofit. The sooner we recognize that and organize our public person and institutions around this basic, seemingly self-evident truth, the sooner we will be able to move beyond the bifurcated approaches to both investing and social change that have dominated our world over past centuries. They have locked us into supposed solutions that have failed to consistently move our communities into a sustainable, just, and personally powerful future.

-Antony Bugg-Levine & Jed Emerson, “Impact Investing,” 09/13/2011