Much like Diane (in the video above), I talk a lot about driving capital flows (money) toward the things people value most — community mostly, but also family, education, and love. It’s a simple concept. But our world is currently set up to drive capital flows toward more money. Implicit in the system is that more money will bring us a world that is more valuable — it will bring us more of what we most value. But many people find that it doesn’t work that way once our basic needs for food, shelter and healthcare are met. Does making more money create more value? This is the experiment our world is currently running.
What if we didn’t measure our wealth in money? What if we measured wealth as the number of mountains we’ve climbed, the number of books we’ve read, or the depth of the friendships we have? What would we do with our money then?
I grew up in a family that everyone thought had lots of money. But we didn’t. We had my Dad’s income as a history professor at the University of Connecticut. That’s it. No trust funds, no second income, not even summer work for Dad. Folks thought we were rich because we traveled to exotic places, we had dinner parties, and our house was full of antiques and books. My family thought wealth was measured in learning and experience and friendships. So all their money was carefully spent on those things. Not on a new car or a TV or fancy stuff for the kitchen. Not on clothes or trips to Disneyland. We camped and traveled third class and ate pasta. This is what we valued most, and so it became our definition of wealth.
Connected capital — connecting our money with the things we value most — is popping up everywhere. People like Diane are using their money to make their lives more rich and meaningful. Even people without much money of their own to invest meaningfully can make a meaningful impact: students all around the world are demanding that institutions start to invest meaningfully. There’s a great divestment movement going on with even conservative organizations like the Rockefeller Foundation taking their money out of investments that hurt our world. I’d like to think about what the opportunities for Investment are? What are the wonderful things the Rockefeller Foundation can invest in? What are the wonderful things you can make happen with your money?