Joel Solomon is one of those rare people who can talk personal transformation, social enterprise, straight-talking finance and civics. He’s also lucky to be alive with a rare kidney condition many thought would have him live a short life.
He is chairman of Renewal Funds, pioneers in social venture capital. From a family background in shopping mall development, Joel has built his career on using finance to further environmental and social good.
You’ll appreciate Joel’s clear orientation to whole system and long-term thinking. He’s also an advocate for reclaiming the potency of positive energy around money.
Joel’s take on the primary reason to invest any money in anything: to make the world a better place. Simple, right?
I also deeply appreciate Joel’s perspective on the value of the commons and the social contracts we keep together (taxation system) and bringing a more evolved perspective to how conscious people need to engage in power literacy and the messiness of civic engagement.
Listen here to Jack Butler interviewing Joel Solomon:
Share of organics in North American Food Market (around 10% and growing fast)
On living your life: “Be aware, care, and make choices that are the best you can in whatever conditions you are find yourself in.”
On the importance of civic participation: ‘Stay out of politics at your own peril…you’re handing it over to pirates. If we teach our children to avoid power, who will be left voting?’
On people being down on government: ‘Government is incompetent. Taxes are bad… I believe that’s a terrible mistake. Where that leaves us as it strips dollars upwards. Taxation policy is the central lever that the commons has to look after the commons. ‘
Final thought: ‘We need to think of ourselves as the product of generations of people that we barely even think about who worked hard to create what we have today. Our primary responsbility is to see that life, beauty and love go forward effectively. All of our acts should be focussed on how we can be better ancestors.’