Every day, we make hundreds of decisions. Although many of these choices don’t seem to contain an ethical component, we would be well-served to examine that carefully. In so doing, we just might find ourselves doing more good and creating greater value for the world around us. This is the subject of a new book by award-winning scholar and Harvard Business School Professor Max Bazerman titled Better, Not Perfect: A Realist’s Guide to Maximum Sustainable Goodness.
When a society becomes as polarized and, in many ways, dysfunctional, as America has become, there comes a point when more and more citizens begin to look around and wonder: Is there a better way? My next guest answers that with an emphatic “Yes!” and has started a movement where citizens committed to finding solutions can work together to address our biggest challenges. He is Bill Shireman, the CEO of Future 500 and Co-author of the just-released book In This Together: How Republicans, Democrats, Capitalists, and Activists are Uniting to Tackle Climate Change and More.
Philanthropy can only be as effective as the ecosystem in which it operates, whether that’s a community, the nation, or the world, and those ecosystems are under tremendous stress at the moment.
So, to help provide us some context to better understand what is happening. It’s a pleasure to have with us a person who’s a master of connecting dots that help explain where we are. She’s Anne-Marie Slaughter, author, professor, and the CEO of New America, an action tank dedicated to renewing the promise of America.
The U.S. Impact Investing Alliance is a field-building organization committed to raising awareness of impact investing in the United States, fostering deployment of impact capital, and working with stakeholders to help build the impact investing ecosystem. And here to tell us about all of that, as well as what’s happening in this field during this time of crisis is Fran Seegull, the Executive Director of The U.S. Impact Investing Alliance.
For nearly two decades, The Libra Foundation has done significant grantmaking in progressive causes and movements, with multigenerational families being closely involved with the foundation, setting its strategy, and interacting with many of the foundations’ grantee partners. And here to tell us more about this work and how the foundation has changed over the years is Crystal Hayling, the Executive Director of The Libra Foundation.