A Force for Good:

How Enlightened Finance Can Restore Faith in Capitalism

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Fresh Perspectives:

Insights from More Than 20 Respected Thought Leaders

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Enlightened Finance:

Aligning Economic and Social Interests

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A Force for Good:

How Enlightened Finance Can Restore Faith in Capitalism

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Wall Street Needs to Be 'A Force for Good' Not Just Profit Center

John Taft discusses A Force for Good with The Street.

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Let's Keep the Conversation Going

By John G. Taft

When my newest book, A Force for Good: How Enlightened Finance Can Restore Faith in Capitalism (Palgrave Macmillan), hit shelves and tablet screens last month, my goal was to change the tone of the conversation we’ve all been having.

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The Four "Agreements" Between Society and Finance

By Vikram Mansharamani

When John Taft, CEO of RBC Wealth Management-U.S., asked me to distill, summarize and connect the various messaging running through his new book, A Force for Good: How Enlightened Finance Can Restore Faith in Capitalism, it got me thinking about the future of finance...

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How Finance Can Help Save Our Planet

By John Fullerton

In 2011, the Economist declared that civilization had entered into what is known as the Anthropocene era – a geologic period in which human activity is altering the health of earth. The piece contended that if we continue to operate as we have, we will cause irreversible damage to the life supporting systems of the planet. What the Economist failed to point out, however, was the critical role that finance plays in shaping this outcome.

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Reforming the American Dream

By Jeremy Diamond

Our housing finance system is a marvel of the modern financial world, but its weaknesses were exposed in the financial crisis. Like a national electric grid that can deliver electricity to the consumer from any power company around the country, our mortgage finance system is capable of consistently delivering mortgage funding to creditworthy homeowners regardless of where they live, the economic backdrop or the health and lending capacity of their local bank.

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The Path to Enlightened Finance

By John G. Taft

In the seven years since the world was plunged into chaos by the financial crisis of 2008–09, I have travelled extensively across the country, trying to convince anyone who will listen that there is no more important undertaking than to help build the foundation for what I call “Enlightened Finance.” Finance in the service of society. Finance based on the core premise of stewardship. Finance as a means to greater ends, namely, making the world a better place.

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Voices of A Force for Good

Sheila C. Bair

Sheila C. Bair

Former FDIC Chair; Senior Advisor, Pew Charitable Trusts; Chair, Systemic Risk Council

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John G. Taft

John G. Taft

CEO, RBC Wealth Management-U.S.

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Dominic Barton

Dominic Barton

Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Company

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David Blood

David Blood

Cofounder and Senior Partner, Generation Investment Management

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John C. Bogle

John C. Bogle

Founder, The Vanguard Group

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Jeremy Diamond

Jeremy Diamond

Former Managing Director, Annaly Capital Management

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Charles D. Ellis

Charles D. Ellis

Author of Winning the Loser's Game

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John Fullerton

John Fullerton

Founder and President, Capital Institute

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Kenneth E. Goodpaster

Kenneth E. Goodpaster, PhD

Senior Academic Fellow, Center for Ethical Business Cultures, and Professor Emeritus, Opus College of Business, University of St. Thomas

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Judd Gregg

Judd Gregg

Former Senator and Former CEO of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)

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Douglas M. Hodge

Douglas M. Hodge

CEO and Managing Director, PIMCO

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Ron James

Ron James

President and CEO, Center for Ethical Business Cultures

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Vikram Mansharamani

Vikram Mansharamani

Lecturer, Yale University Program on Ethics, Politics and Economics

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Roger L. Martin

Roger L. Martin

Former Dean, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

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Barbara G. Novick

Barbara G. Novick

Vice-Chair, BlackRock

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Karen Shaw Petrou

Karen Shaw Petrou

Managing Partner, Federal Financial Analytics

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David Rodbourne

David Rodbourne

Vice President, Center for Ethical Business Cultures

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John Rogers

John Rogers

Former President and CEO, CFA Institute

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Mary Schapiro

Mary Schapiro

Former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair

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Robert J. Shiller

Robert J. Shiller

Economist, Yale University

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Donald B. Trone

Donald B. Trone

Chief Ethos Officer, 3ethos; Founder, Foundation for Fiduciary Studies

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Brian Walsh

Brian Walsh

Chair and Chief Information Officer, Saguenay Strathmore Capital

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Mark Wiseman

Mark Wiseman

President and CEO, CPP Investment Board

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Stephen B. Young

Stephen B. Young

Author of Moral Capitalism

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