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“ReUnited States of America” is my 2019 Wish

Posted by Steve Distante on 12/31/18 11:39 AM

 

 "Earthwise" 1968 vs. 2018 // Photo by Bill Anders

On Christmas Day 50 years ago, America was a divided nation. It was a tough year of troubled times and assassinations. We lost Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy, and the Vietnam War was in full swing with massive rampant protests. I can see the parallels between the issues we dealt with during that difficult year of 1968 and today, including moments and opportunities to bring us back together.

The photo above has been making the rounds on TV and social media over the past week, and I too was inspired by this singular image that helped to reunite our nation on that day. “Earth Rise”, taken by astronaut Bill Anders, allowed us to see the Earth and ourselves from a great distance and give space to the challenges that plagued our nation and our world back then. Anders was not a professional photographer and had limited knowledge of film, yet the impact of his ability to capture something so grand and vast stirred our emotions for our fellow humans.

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Topics: Blogging, ESG, sustainability

Impact Investing – Is It Possible to Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too?

Posted by Steve Distante on 5/31/18 10:39 AM

Is it actually possible to create investments that offer impact while at the same time returning market-rate financial returns? We interviewed Gloria Nelund of TriLinc Global, an investment sponsor with the mission of doing exactly that.

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Topics: sustainability

Why I’m Tesla’s #1 and/or Biggest Fan

Posted by Steve Distante on 2/28/18 8:37 AM

If you do a search on Google, you’ll see that I’m known as Tesla’s #1 fan. If you’re curious as to why, or just a lover of the brand as much as I am, then read on to hear why I love Tesla.

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Topics: electric vehicles, sustainability

Jed Emerson, Impact Investing Shining Star, On How Advisors Can Build Their Businesses

Posted by Vanderbilt Financial Group on 12/14/17 9:02 AM

Every so often, it’s great to get some motivation from the top. We were honored that our CEO Stephen Distante was able to speak with internationally recognized thought leader Jed Emerson, an impact investing strategic adviser known for his work helping individuals and institutions seeking to leverage the greatest financial, social and environmental impact from their investments.  His words give us great insight into the meaning and purpose of capital and how financial advisors can best integrate impact investing into their practice.

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Topics: Impact Investing, sustainability, Jed Emerson

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