A more Transformative economy requires capital that is structured equitably. We design and promote deal structures, financing tools, and enterprise models that feature community engagement and governance, are non-extractive, and fairly balance of risk and return.
Capital is deeply intertwined with the major challenges of our time – wealth and power inequality, corporatization and consolidation, racial injustice and colonialism, the climate crisis – and in fact has been a driving force in creating those challenges. These big issues can’t be solved by investment alone, and they certainly can’t be solved just by investing in companies that have impactful products and services. They require a fundamental rethinking of value, ownership, and governance over the capital that affects all communities. In practice, this looks like shifting power to workers, entrepreneurs, and communities within the terms and codified relationships of investment and business structure. These terms and relationships form the models that are the building blocks of the economy.
Part of the problem is in the current models that economic actors have access to. The predominant models are based on the traditional notion of shareholder primacy, where investors get to make most major decisions and accumulate more capital as the fundamental aim. We see shareholder primacy in the relationship between funds and entrepreneurs, the relationship between management (which represents the interest of shareholders and often are shareholders themselves) and workers, and the absence of non-investor decision makers at all places in the chain of capital.
New approaches are emerging from entrepreneurs, business networks, progressive investors, researchers, and grassroots movements building social and solidarity economies. These approaches run the gamut of finance:
We help investors adopt these models, terms, and approaches, or Transformative Financing Structures. These structures, if made widely popular, won't solve our major issues alone, but will set an economic backdrop where those most marginalized are able to dictate major aspects of economic activity.