Future of Cities – Surge in Emerging Markets

Jay Owen Sustainability News, Trendspotting

We at Ethical Markets are wary of too much reliance on algorithms , unless frequently monitored and updated by  humans !  For example, the takeover of Wall Street by algorithms and high-frequency trading led to  the recent “ flash crashes” . Such  future events are  predicted by me and others …

Reviving the small cap IPO market with Reg A Crowdfinanced Offerings

Jay Owen Crowdfunding

Exclusive Invitation In December 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission voted to propose rules updating the framework to the existing Regulation A offering. As mandated by Title IV of the JOBS Act, the SEC’s proposed rules would raise the Reg A offering threshold from $5 million to $50 million in …

Do you know one of the next 25 social enterprise stars?

Jay Owen SRI/ESG News

Do you know one of the next 25 social enterprise stars? RSF Social Finance is looking to fund at least 25 new borrowers over the next year—and we’re launching a campaign to find them. We know there are exciting enterprises that could grow with our help, but they may not …

The Slow Money Letter: Of Algorithms, People and Knowledge

Jay Owen Community Development Solutions

  The Slow Money Letter, June 2014     Of Algorithms, People and Knowledge by Woody Tasch — I arrived at this month’s inaugural Slow Money Canada meeting ready to share an excerpt of Michael Lewis’s new book, Flash Boys. Is there a more stark counterpoint for slow money, a …

Why TNC and JPMorgan Chase are investing $1 billion in nature

Jay Owen Reforming Global Finance

Why TNC and JPMorgan Chase are investing $1 billion in nature By Elsa Wenzel Published April 29, 2014 The Nature Conservancy and JPMorgan Chase have a bold goal: Raise $1 billion over the next three years toward projects that protect agriculture, fisheries, water and land. These power brokers in conservation …

Wall Street Greed: Not Too Big for a California Jury

Jay Owen Reforming Global Finance, SRI/ESG News

Sixteen of the world’s largest banks have been caught colluding to rig global interest rates.  Why are we doing business with a corrupt global banking cartel? United States Attorney General Eric Holder has declared that the too-big-to-fail Wall Street banks are too big to prosecute.  But an outraged California jury might …

Predictions FROM Jeremy Leggett, author ENERGY OF NATIONS

Jay Owen Green Prosperity, SRI/ESG News

The Energy of Nations.  Since the  5 months the book has been out , here isan update on how the dramas are playing out :I finished writing the book during the Easter break a year ago. As you know,I made predictions about three systemic risks being run by the energyincumbency: …

Global Leaders Programme: How Can Infant Healthcare be Made Affordable to the Developing World? (Vietnam, March 2014)

Jay Owen SRI/ESG News

  It is my pleasure to share with you the result of GIFT’s latest Global Leaders Programme (GLP), which took place recently in Hong Kong and Vietnam in partnership with MTTS, a Vietnam medical equipment manufacturer.   The challenge was to explore the question fundamental to our partner MTTS’ business: How …

Two UK-Based Equity Crowdfunding Platforms Expanding Abroad

Jay Owen Crowdfunding

Seedrs Raises Over £1M Through Own Platform — Two leading equity crowdfunding platforms based in the UK, Seedrs and Crowdcube, announced plans to expand abroad recently. While Seedrs is heavily targeting European countries, Crowdcube is looking to launch in several European nations, and elsewhere. While making the announcement, Seedrs also launched …

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News: Carbon storage recovers faster than plant biodiversity in re-growing tropical forests

Jay Owen Earth Systems Science

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News   Carbon storage recovers faster than plant biodiversity in re-growing tropical forests Posted: 05 Nov 2013 04:46 PM PST A new study of re-growing tropical forests has concluded that plant biodiversity takes longer to recover than carbon storage following major disturbances such as clearance for farming. …