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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Why Not Me?

As I read in the Crimson "Divest Harvard Plans Weeklong Blockade of Massachusetts Hall," I had to ask myself: why I am not participating? Why not me?So my wife and I drove down to Cambridge (Massachusetts) from Maine to – well, to see what would happen and to see… April 23, 2015 | accountability , Divest , shareholder activism , responsible ownership
Monday, April 14, 2014

Stranded Assets & Divestment

This is an important and interesting addition to the responsible investing - divestment discussion. The Smith School issued a report on stranded assets, that is investments that "have suffered from unanticipated or premature write-downs, devaluations or conversion to liabilities." This can occur for a number of reasons, but I… April 14, 2014 | Divest , fossil fuels , responsible ownership , endowment
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A Conversation: Bob Monks & Steve Viederman

Earlier this month Network for Sustainable Financial Markets and The Sustainable Investment Professional Certification hosted a webinar featuring my new book.  It was hosted by Steve Viederman and we talked about topics in the books, as well as solutions and the current state of corporate governance.  And, there was… June 26, 2013 | responsible ownership , CEO Pay , Corporate Drones , corporate governance , corporate social responsibility , capitalism
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

What is a Drone Corporation?

My new book, Citizens DisUnited, is based on the idea that corporations without involved owners (what I call drone corporations) have a huge impact on our society and are undermining our democracy.  The presentation below uses data from the book to detail the effects of drone corporations.  For more… June 11, 2013 | Corporate Drones , CEO Pay , responsible ownership , fiduciary duty , CEO power
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Absence of Ownership

I have a post about Absence of Ownership over at Big Think today -- Have a look. June 4, 2013 | ownership , responsible ownership , Capture , fiduciary duty
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Capitalism - a broken system

In all of the noise about elections, OWS, flat tax, approval ratings, etc., one voice really stood out for me in the last few days. David Blood scrapped his prepared statement for a debate at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and addressed what I think is the root of… October 25, 2011 | capitalism , Occupy Wall Street , responsible ownership
Friday, September 2, 2011

Three new speeches

September is here and I'm off to a running start.  I'll be speaking at three big conferences in the next couple of weeks: GMI's Public Funds Forum in California, ICGN in Paris and PRI in Person in Paris.  I'll be joined by some fascinating and influential people at these… September 2, 2011 | responsible ownership , fiduciary duty
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

And the answer is.... I still don't know.

In looking back over the recent blog posts that I called “Appearance of Reality,” it occurs to me that several anomalies in contemporary Corporate Governance are worth mentioning. I had hoped to solve some of these inconsistencies -- at least in my own mind but many questions still remain… June 22, 2011 | corporate domicile , accountability , corporate governance , ownership , globalization , responsible ownership , trustees , Disinformation
Monday, June 20, 2011

Deja Vu All Over Again: British Petroleum

As we pass the one-year anniversary of the Gulf Coast disaster I am reminded of the earlier BP disaster at the Texas City oil refinery in 2005. I’m still astounded that a leading company previously charged with numerous felonies for a major environmental disaster was allowed to have another major… June 20, 2011 | accountability , corporate social responsibility , globalization , responsible ownership
Thursday, June 9, 2011

Saving Capitalism from Short-Termism

One of the most pleasurable experiences a reader can have is a new book by Al Rappaport on a subject in which they are interested.  His Saving Capitalism from Short-Termism insightfully exposes the contradictions by which we incentivize money managers to require short term focus by company managers.  “Incentive… June 9, 2011 | responsible ownership , shareholder activism , value
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Appearance of Reality: Stock Buy Backs

This is the ninth post in my effort to clarify corporate governance terms and concepts that now seem misleading to me. We all know what these words mean in a literal sense but in the context of governance, of business and of our post-crash world do they still mean… June 8, 2011 | CEO power , fiduciary duty , ownership , responsible ownership , CEO Pay , Disinformation
Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Appearance of Reality: Long-Term Shareholders

This is the seventh post in my effort to clarify corporate governance terms and concepts that now seem misleading to me. We all know what these words mean in a literal sense but in the context of governance, of business and of our post-crash world do they still mean… May 19, 2011 | responsible ownership , shareholder activism , ownership , institutional investors , value , Disinformation
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