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Forging the Next Economy with Nature as Our Guide

It was maybe the 27th time I was asked about my impact investing fund’s concessionary returns that I’d had enough. Concessionary to what? I wondered. To the market, of course! everyone replied. That’s when I realized that everyone seemed to think that the Market — the very system that had generated inequality, displacement, resource degradation, and exploitation — was the one and only benchmark to use when evaluating investment performance. But that didn’t work for me. The fund I had created, the Boston Impact Initiative Fund, was designed to repair the harm done by the Market. Our fund aims to…
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Deborah Frieze is founder and president of the Boston Impact Initiative, an impact investing fund dedicated to closing the racial wealth divide in Eastern Massachusetts. She is co-author with Margaret Wheatley of Walk Out Walk On, an award-winning book about building healthy and resilient communities.

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