Reimagining Capitalism | Net Impact


Visualizing The World We Want

We invite you to join us on this new journey

Net Impact is excited to announce a new digital event series! We invite you to join us for a series of connected conversations and opportunities featuring thought leaders and visionaries from various fields of work.

Throughout this connected series, you will have the option to step in or step out as you decide the role you want to play in the new story that we are creating. Join us to cultivate new relationships with members of the global Net Impact chapter network as well as our allies and friends. Together we'll explore difficult questions, challenge our assumptions, discover our blind spots, un-learn, deconstruct, pause, reset, and re-imagine.


Creating Value in a Changing World

January 28, 2020 10:00am PST/1:00pm EST

Imagine that it's 2030. COVID is behind us but its long-term damage has hastened the impact of inequities on various segments of society. Injustice created through racial inequity, climate change, and wealth disparity has increased. As Rebecca Henderson described in our first Reimagining Capitalism event, the world is on fire...and it's burning very quickly. 

Is a different world possible? Can business, as a force for good, drive tangible change? In her recent book, "The Six New Rules of Business: Creating Value in a Changing World", Judy Samuelson explains that we are sitting at a critical juncture in history where "business as usual" is no longer a viable option and the rules are dramatically changing. 

"From technology to supply chains, social impact to environmental limits, the landscape for business and the definition of success have both been upended. Income inequality is rife, social discord is high, and the demand for business to create real value for all its stakeholders has become a loud and rallying cry." 

In our sixth Reimagining Capitalism event, we invite you to join a thought-provoking conversation with Judy Samuelson, vice president at the Aspen Institute, and founder and executive director of The Aspen Institute's Business and Society Program, and Yusuf George, Managing Director for Corporate Engagement at Just Capital. 

Judy Samuelson, Author

Judy Samuelson

Founder and Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program

Vice President, Aspen Institute

Yusuf George

Yusuf George

Managing Director of Corporate Engagement at JUST Capital


From Farmers Markets to Carbon Markets: What is the future of zero carbon agriculture?

November 12, 2020 10:00am PDT/1:00pm EDT

If anyone has a vested interest in being part of the solution to climate change, it's farmers. Their lives and businesses depend on the weather, making them highly affected by drought, flooding, and extreme conditions, especially in developing nations. Sustainable agriculture, through techniques such as cover cropping and grazing management, may have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by sequestering carbon in the soil. That's why the agriculture industry is reimagining climate-smart business models that reward farmers for capturing carbon, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and increasing biodiversity. During this virtual session, panelists will examine the challenges, opportunities, and viability of carbon markets, and the innovation, collaboration, and reimagination it will take for these new models to succeed. 

Cintia Ribeiro

Cintia Ribeiro

Digital Business Insights Lead, Crop Science, Bayer

Michelle Lancaster

Michelle Lancaster

Director, Sustainability Engagement and Partnerships, Microsoft

Logan Yonavjak

Logan Yonavjak

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Provenance Capital Group

Mark Heckman

Mark Heckman

President, Main Street Ag and Heckman Properties

Designing for All: Bridging the Digital Divide

October 8, 2020

The social and economic gap is growing between the privileged and the marginalized, especially the poor, elderly, and handicapped portions of the population who do not have, or have limited access to computers or the internet. How might our current global crisis create the impetus for businesses, nonprofits, community-based organizations, government, and academia to develop innovative solutions to bridge the digital divide, and in so doing, reduce the also growing wealth gap? Is it possible that designing for inclusivity can create a win-win for businesses and for people? Joining us in conversation were the Walton Family Foundation and Cox Communications to understand how trust-based philanthropy and designing for all can work together to bridge the socio-economic gap created by the digital divide. 

Mohan Sivaloganathan

Net Impact Board Member and CEO, Our Turn

Ebonee Younger

Ebonee Younger

Product Manager, Cox Communications

Romy Drucker

K-12 Education Program Deputy Director, Walton Family Foundation

The Color of Law, the Color of Money - Restorative Solutions to Redress the Racial Wealth Gap

August 27, 2020

COVID has laid bare the inadequacies of capitalism dealing with large-scale problems impacting marginalized people. For Black communities in particular, the impact of historic racial inequality has widened gaps in healthcare, adequate housing and education. But the most challenging issue is the racial wealth gap. Capitalism must be reimagined to work for all. What needs to happen in the area of racial equity? How best to address the persistence of the racial wealth gap? Joining us in conversation were speakers Tynesia Boyea-Robinson and Darrick Hamilton, moderated by Net Impact Board Chair, Cecily Joseph.

Tynesia Boyea-Robinson

Tynesia Boyea-Robinson

Founder and CEO of CapEQ

Darrick Hamilton

Darrick Hamilton

Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity

Cecily Joseph

Cecily Joseph

Net Impact Board Chair

Profitability with Principles: Reimagining the Chocolate Industry

July 29, 2020

Two chocolate companies, Theo Chocolate and Tony’s Chocolonely, are revolutionizing the chocolate industry by hard-wiring their values into business objectives, thus creating fair and equitable business models in the chocolate industry. Featured Speakers: Joe Whinney, founder and former CEO of Theo Chocolate, Paul Schoenmakers, Head of Impact at Tony’s Chocolonely. Moderated by Stephanie Westhelle, Development Manager of Sustainability & Partnerships at Fairtrade America

Joe Whinney

Theo Chocolate 

Paul Schoenmakers

Paul Schoenmakers

Tony's Chocolonely Chocolate

Stephanie Westhelle

Stephanie Westhelle

Fairtrade America

Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire

July 9, 2020

Capitalism is starting to be reimagined. A generation of business owners and operators, students and educators, employees, community, consumers, even some legislators, are beginning to question the longer-term harm that may be a consequence of the objective to maximize profits today, with little regard for the people and planet of the future. The flaws in capitalism may be reparable, and perhaps evolve to be a better, more equitable version. Watch Rebecca Henderson, Professor at Harvard Business School, and author of the just-released book “Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire”, in conversation with PBS News Anchor, Paul Solman.

Rebecca Henderson

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