Buying Into the World Bank

While the field of socially responsible investing is growing, there is still a much more limited selection of assets that classify themselves in the category: mutual funds, community development financial institutions, individual stocks, and ETFs are possibilities.  Here is another: a World Bank bond.

This Week in Citizen Joe (10/29/2007)

It's children's health deja vu all over again, with Congress looking like it'll pass a bill expanding health coverage to up to 4m low income kids (or 2m according to conservative estimates). This version looks a lot like the bill Congress couldn't get past a Bush veto last month; but with minor changes Dems hope…

Environment: The Journal Report

Yesterday's Wall Street Journal added a supplement called "Environment: The Journal Report." Since the Journal has yet to follow the New York Times' lead and offer online content for free, here is a quick summary of the front page article "Handicapping the Environmental Gold Rush" by Jeffrey Ball:

Remember the Future?

Do you remember progress? Probably, if you do you, then you are an older sort like me, or an oddball collector of paleo-futurism. Michael Chabon has a wistful eulogy for the future at Long Now. The odd thing about contemporary market triumphalism is that it celebrates an incapacity to redesign the world. This so-called "realism",…

Interview with Stephen Colbert at the Y

“I love playing a high status idiot.” Raucous laughter. It’s hard to tell if Stephen Colbert is being funny when a packed crowd of white people in flip-flops dies laughing at everything he says. Such was the scene at the 92nd Street Y last night where I heard him speak with New York Times columnist…

Looking Beyond the List

As we can attest at The Panelist, the list phenomena is not new.  And for many genres it provides a great jumping-off point for selecting a book, movie or travel destination.  It also creates a lot of buzz and debate.  But when it comes to CSR, I have begun to wonder if these lists are…

Feel the Numbers with Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan's concerned that we can't feel statistics. Our brains aren't hardwired to deal with high numbers. If we're going to make radical changes, we have to fall in love or feel angry enough to do something. His art translates raw data and numbers to the visual language of feeling to help people shift from…

Today’s Drop in the Dow is Not What Worries Me

Photo:mckaysavage, Creative Commons, Flickr So we had some bad earnings reports today. The conventional wisdom is that the credit crunch is leaking into the industrial U.S. economy and consumer spending. I have to say that today simply felt like an emotional and volatile day. I wouldn’t be surprised if in a couple of weeks everyone…

Help Choosing an SRI Mutual Fund

For those of you who are trying to find a SRI mutual fund to invest in, Amy L. Fontinelle on her blog Two Pennies Earned, has done some of the heavy-lifting for you. She narrows down a long list provided by Social Investment Forum and Morningstar and reviewed 16 funds in depth. This is how…

Step It Up’s Novemeber 3rd Campaign

On November 3rd, Step It Up is organizing global warming rallies in a number of cities throughout the United States. The organization's primary goal is to get Congress to agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. The November campaign also aims for a moratorium on the construction of coal burning power plants.

Valueless Americans Push Crude Oil to New Heights

Following years of reality television, Paris Hilton, and Limp Bizkit, the lack of family values permeating American culture has left an impact on the price of oil. As a story broke regarding the latest news on the most recent O.J. Simpson arrest, it was announced that crude oil is now the most expensive and popular…

L-D-K, L-D-K, How Many Wafers Were Killed Today?

No, I am not about to embark on some anti-war propaganda, nor am I implying that LDK Solar (LDK) has anything to do with the messy conflict in the Middle East. What I am commenting on is the excessive growth of the solar industry that we are witnessing, and how this same prosperity could very…