A truly unique exploration of how investors may act with deeper consideration of the meaning of money, The Purpose of Capital: Elements of Impact, Financial Flows and Personal Being explores the historic roots of our understanding of capital, investing and wealth management, connecting how we think about finance with how we think about our lives, world and ultimate, personal purpose and impact.
In this talk, Jed Emerson will explore how our focus on investing as finance alone has taken us down the wrong path. By not pursuing a deeper exploration of capital, we leave extra-financial value on the table, missing out on the opportunity to more fully integrate purpose with profit. By focusing upon financial returns, we fall short of our potential to invest for the benefit of a broader set of stakeholders, including the environment, our communities, and our personal development. The roots of our current inability to invest for total returns is an historic struggle, one that connects us with centuries of reflection by a variety of cultures and traditions, the lessons from which may benefit investors today.