How do we amplify the reach of impact ventures? Given that all good intentions require funding, the question may well be rephrased as: How do we turbo-charge the allocation of funds to impact causes? I believe one of the answers is to co-opt investment bankers.
These freshly-hired graduates, with dollar signs in their eyes and visions of grand lifestyles in their heads, are subject to ridiculous working hours and conditions, because the employers know the thought process and know they will do whatever it takes.
We are a society that creates TV shows based around 16-year-olds having really expensive birthday parties. Media, social networking and even well-meaning friends and family hammer into our brains the idea that success is all about making money. But is it really all about the Benjamins?
My raging case of little brother syndrome has prompted me to a). possibly throw my life away via the insufferable millennial need to do something "cool," and b). have become an unlicensed cultural commentator. Here, some ways to #makeit as a person aspiring to "summer" in the Hamptons.
If you're mad about Wall Street pay, take heart: At least one guy on Wall Street seems to get it. He's not going to give back any of his own pay or anything like that! That would be crazy. But at least somebody out there feels your pain.
By inserting a fictional cast into the framework of real-world events, Aaron Sorkin has provided both an outspoken opinion on American politics and a starting point for research into any number of financial and political issues facing the country.
Three continents and three banks later, I can say for certain that there is a certain commonality among all bankers; it is as if they are all ingrained with the same thought process, same genetics, or at least the same mannerisms.
The cynicism that is engendered when someone like Weill, or Welch, changes his stripes is understandable. Who wants to hear from the guys who already cleaned up in Act 1? But, frankly, I find it refreshing. Where are today's leaders on these same subjects?
This is how we've learned to talk about our economy: as a matter of personal virtue and vice, from the overdrawn consumer to the one-percenter with the fifteen percent tax rate and some senators' private numbers in his iPhone.