Joel Solomon is a Founding Partner of Renewal Funds, Canada's largest mission venture capital firm, at $240 million assets under management. Investing in organic food and climate tech in Canada and the USA, Renewal Funds is GIIRS-rated, a founding Canadian B Corp (5x “Best for the World”), a “1% for the Planet” member, recognized as Impact Assets “Top 50 impact fund managers.” Joel is a frequent public speaker, board member of the University of British Columbia, co-producer of the Integrated Capital Institute with RSF Social Finance, and co-author of The Clean Money Revolution: Re-Inventing Power, Purpose & Capitalism.
S3: Ep. 97: Be a billionaire of influencing positive outcomes. A Disruptive Conversation with Joel Solomon
Joel Solomon is a financial activist and co-founder of a mission venture capital firm called Renewal Funds. He is also the author of The Clean Money Revolution: Reinventing Power, Purpose, and Capitalism. In this episode, we explore many a wide range of topics. Here are some of the things that stood out for me. How do we make money a force for good?The question can seem so simple. It is loaded. In our conversation, Joel and I discuss the notion that money as a force for good should be the status quo. For example, his company invests in clean food, nontoxic households and climate. I love that he is walking the walk and trying to bring others with him. On his journey, he spends time ensuring that as many people as possible can do things that matter, something they genuinely care about and invest in businesses or organizations that do things that matter. It all starts with his story of origin. When I asked Joel how he got into the work, he talked about early life experiences. He admitted that early childhood experiences of seeing African-American’s hosed in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He also referenced the Vietnam war and hoped for a career in creating a kinder and gentler world. The Golden rule vs The Platinum Rule. Joel and I talked about how his life has been informed by “do onto others as they would like have done onto them”. We discussed the Platinum Rule, do onto others as they would like done onto them. These rules have informed both our lives. The prospect of death can give us great perspectiveJoel told the story of how he was diagnosed with a genetic kidney disease. The diagnosis was, he could die soon, or he could live long. And there’s not a lot that he could do about it. Having to live with that from an early age greatly influenced him. Joel described how it caused a certain kind of awakening in him. He was keenly aware that time was limited. A question he posed was who you would like to have been? Ib considering that question, it became salient for him that death was around the corner. I ask the silly question, what it was like to be living in a way where death was always imminent. Joel reminded me that it was true for all of us. We just live “as if” it could not happen to us. When death becomes salient, it becomes influences our choice and our perspective of the world. The inner work is the most critical. Joel admitted that he works with four different professionals who help him do inner work, reflection, and seek insight. For him, some of the most critical work is to be questioned by experienced, intelligent people who work to support him. The goal for him is to move from challenge-based seeking help to anticipatory practice. For many of us, we seek help when trauma, fear or other challenges arise. It is an important question to ask, what if you instead worked from an anticipatory lens? How did I get to be who I am and how I am? I thought this was simply a wonderful question to consider. What is the role of purpose and vision in capitalism? Joel describes himself as a financial activist. He believes that capitalism can bring out humans’ very worst aspects without a clear motivation and purpose. For him, the goal of merely accumulating money without a clear purpose is an empty choice. We all die someday, and we cannot take all with us. In my own words, I understood his comments to mean that some questions require deeper or continuous reflection. Questions like, how much is enough? Why am I here? Are not questions that can be answered quantitatively. For Joel, he prefers to have influence, especially to influence positive outcomes in the world. We are ancestors of what’s coming. His fundamental belief is that we can do better. The goal for him is to choose a path he can be proud of on his deathbed. A few question he posed in our conversation were, “How do I want to be thought of, felt, and known when I die? How did I impact the world? How did I first find myself? Joel considers his job to be a good ancestor. The test for him is when he walks into a room, how does the room respond? In this is grounded in his belief in the inner work. The tragedy of the under-examined human species. When we have not taken the time to examine ourselves, we are driven by emotions, reactions, responses, and interpretations of the world that generate unhappiness, poor health, poor relationships, and harmful practices. How do you work on yourself, so you become proactive about how you respond to the worldDisrupting by being. I found this idea to be powerful. One quote that stood out for me was, “the inner work leads to the ability to, first of all, choose what must be disrupted and then ultimately not even to choose it, to just be it.” For Joel, he has come to the stage of his life where he would prefer to be disruptive in subtler and gentler ways. Ways in which the advances and success we make, make us inherently disruptive. Learn more about Joel you can visit his company website and his personal website:https://joelsolomon.org/https://www.renewalfunds.com/
Episode 207: Winning at Business and Life with Joel Solomon
Winning at Business and Life
Do you embody the three skills to leadership success?6 questions. 7 minutes. Pure insights. Episode 207: Successful business leaders embody emotional, psychological and spiritual skills. Wise words from Joel Solomon, Co-Founder at Renewal Funds.
On this episode of Raise Green we examine the potential growth of impact investing during times of social unrest and intensifying climate issues through a conversation with the esteemed author, impact investor, and big-picture thinker Joel Solomon. Joel Solomon is the founding partner of Renewal Funds, Canada's largest mission venture capital firm at over $240 Million in assets under management. Investing primarily in organic food and environmental technology, he brings a wealth of experience to the field with over 14 years as a principal for an innovative, activist family office with Carol Newman prior to founding Renewal Funds. He is a co-author of "The Clean Money Revolution", co-producer of "The Integrated Capital Institute", a TEDxVancouver speaker, a founding member of The Social Venture Network, Business for Social Responsibility, The Tides Canada Foundation, and a 25-year board chair of Hollyhock, as well as a University of British Columbia Governer. Raise Green is a 7 episode podcast exploring the climate crisis through the minds of local leaders and global experts. Short, accessible conversations explore new ways of working together via personal stories about creating a healthy, just, and sustainable future. As economic disparity, environmental degradation and social injustices continue emerging as defining issues of the 21st century, we need solutions that scale faster than the pace of the problems. These conversations ask how.
1847: Best of Series: Joel Solomon: How You Can Become a Clean Money Entrepreneur
Conscious Millionaire Show
Welcome to the Conscious Millionaire Show for entrepreneurs who want to build a high-profit business that makes an impact! Make Your First Million, with your Host, JV Crum III… Joel Solomon: How You Can Become a Clean Money Entrepreneur Joel Solomon is Chair of Renewal Funds, Canada's largest "mission venture capital" firm, investing in Organics and EnviroTech. He is the author of The Clean Money Revolution, a finalist for the 2017 Foreword Indie Book Award for Business and Economics, which calls to move trillions of dollars from damage to regeneration. Like this Podcast? Get every episode delivered to you free! Subscribe in iTunes And, download your free gift today... Get the High Performer Formula to Make Millions – Click Here! Please help spread the word. Subscribing and leaving a review helps other entrepreneurs and business owners find our podcast… grow a high-profit business that makes an impact. Help your friends Become a Conscious Millionaire! They will thank you for it. Conscious Millionaire Network has over 2,000 episodes and 12 Million Listeners in 190 countries. Our original Conscious Millionaire Podcast was named in Inc Magazine as one of the Top 13 Business Podcasts!
Joel Solomon (joelsolomon.org) has been creating change all over North America for 40+ years. He's a Founding Partner at Renewal Partners, Founding member of Social Venture Circle, Founder of Hollyhock, and a dozen other organizations. This conversation was an intimate look at how Joel sees his role as an intergenerational steward, what legacy means to him, spirituality, and how to discover your purpose in a complex world. -- Show notes: https://natureofwork.co/joelsolomon
Ep. 11: Joel Solomon - The Clean Money Revolution: Reinventing Power, Purpose, and Capitalism
Smart & Soulful Money® Podcast
HIGHLIGHTS What is Clean Money? What are the characteristics of clean money? Joel describes the difference between an extractive and generative economy. Joel has been on a lifelong journey of working with systems change and going within for his own personal development work - why has this been important for him to do both? As an inheritor, Joel experienced a special opportunity to work alongside Carol Newell to help support her in creating positive impact. Joel describes how he was able to get clear on his values and channelled it into action in ways that reflected his values. Joel talks about his visioning experience at Hollyhock with Carol. Has there been an underlying core that has stayed constant? What can investors - whether they have $500K, $5M, $50M or more - learn from Joel’s experience working with Carol on how to create impact? What does ‘finding your enough’ mean for Joel and how has he helped others find their enough as a part of creating impact in the world with their assets? As a pioneer, working alongside other pioneers in the space of impact investing, socially responsible investing, social enterprise, local investing, and impact work in philanthropy, how have community and relationship been important parts of creating change? Joel talks about Renewal Funds, a mission venture capital firm he founded, and how it is taking a different approach to catalyzing positive social and environmental change. Why is it important to avoid the idea of perfection in order to create change? “Staying true to your values is powerful, particularly in the face of skepticism about what you know in your bones to be correct.” Joel talks about how he has helped strategically invest in Stonyfield Farms, Alter-Eco, Seventh Generation, how capital works behind the scenes of their favorite companies and how important it is. RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE Visit Joel’s website, https://www.joelsolomon.org/ Learn more about Joel’s book, “The Clean Money Revolution:” https://www.joelsolomon.org/the-book Learn more about the work of Renewal Funds: http://www.renewalfunds.com/ Learn more about Joel’s work with Vision Vancouver, Tides Canada, and Hollyhock: https://www.joelsolomon.org/legacy Contact Joel: https://www.joelsolomon.org/contact Contact Renewal Funds: http://www.renewalfunds.com/contact/ Connect with Joel: FACEBOOK | TWITTER | LINKEDIN | INSTAGRAM