Article published by Rank and File in Issue Six’s “Tools of the Trade”
A Broader Inquiry for Deeper Meaning: How Self-Reflection Can Revolutionize Our World with Joel Solomon
Impact investor Joel Solomon’s life should have turned out quite differently.
Born into a family that successfully developed shopping malls in Chattanooga, Tennessee, he could easily have slipped into the family business, made a very good living and been hailed as a wealthy businessman. Instead, Joel left home on a journey of self-discovery, leading him to a life and career with a deeper, more profound type of impact. He is now the chair of Renewal Funds, the largest mission venture capital firm in all of Canada, with $98 million assets under management, and most recently, the author of “The Clean Money Revolution.”
Rank & File chats with Joel as he rides on the ferry from Cortes Island in the Pacific Northwest, his spiritual home for decades. With the sound of the ocean breeze in the background, Joel’s gentle voice still carries a hint of his southern upbringing, and underscores his deep, unhurried wisdom.
An Uncertain Future
Continue reading How Self-Reflection Can Revolutionize Our World
By Joel Solomon who will be presenting Accelerate Your Enterprise at Hollyhock June 2017.
The key to success in life is an “examined self”. That means gaining an understanding of what makes us who we are,and exploring elements of uncertainty, doubt, over-confidence, anxiety, and our emotional make up. This work is lifelong.
Hollyhock gave me the doorway to begin this journey in a more intentional way. “What makes me who I am?” “What do I believe about spirituality?” “Why do I react to others the way I do?” “What are my emotional secrets?” “What is honesty?”
It’s incumbent on each of us to find our own pathway. Below is an excerpt from my newly released book, Clean Money Revolution:
Continue reading Leadership in the Clean Money Revolution
By Richard Littlemore via BC Business
Feature Image by Peter Holst
While he’s best known as the money behind Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, Joel Solomon has been quietly building a reputation as one of the city’s smartest financiers
The 180-degree outlook from Joel Solomon’s 10th-floor patio deck is a perfect metaphor for his complicated and sometimes controversial world view. Solomon’s condo is in Railtown, boxed between the tracks along the Vancouver harbour and some boarded-up, light-industrial spaces in what is inevitably known as Canada’s poorest neighbourhood. But the view is spectacular. Directly to the north lies the brightly lit Meccano-land of Port Metro Vancouver—strangely beautiful, especially at night. The giant cranes are constantly in motion, sweeping and dancing, loading and stacking steel containers like so many colourful blocks—all in the service of what Solomon describes as “shipping off rocks that come back as televisions.”
Look past the port and your eyes are caught by the sparkle of lights on snow, on Grouse Mountain and Cypress. And to the left, there is the twinkling lace of yet more lights on the Lions Gate Bridge. Continue reading Joel Solomon: The Conscientious Capitalist
As the saying goes, sometimes it’s lonely at the top. Even the most social and accessible CEO will, at some point, find themselves cloistered in their office, contemplating their strategy for growth and development with no one to turn to for advice. This might happen at the start up phase or later on but it’s going to happen. Guaranteed. Issues of confidentiality and proprietary protection often make it tough to access the counsel of others. Having said that, there are times when you just have to reach out beyond your own company walls to benefit from mentorship.
That’s the idea behind Accelerate Your Enterprise. Continue reading Accelerate Your Enterprise
“NOT BUSINESS AS USUAL” – A Film About Disrupting the Business Quo
It was the promise of something better…
A better life for your family, a better start for your business, a better legacy to leave the world. Founded on the virtues of hard work, equal opportunity and a free market economy.
But somewhere between the dreaming, and the making, and the buying, and the selling – we were duped. And we’re just now beginning to realize how badly.
Not Business As Usual is a provocative look at capitalism as envisioned by Nobel Prize winner Milton Friedman, the most influential economist of the late 20th century. The film explores why he only measured success by one metric: Greed. And how that narrow view has resulted in environmental destruction, human rights abuses and ironically enough, unsustainable business practices.
This feature length documentary tracks the changing landscape of business with the rising tide of conscious capitalism and features the inspiring stories of several subversive entrepreneurs from Vancouver who are redefining what it means to be successful.
The film features a number of Hollyhock conference producers, including Joel Solomon (also board chair), Mike Rowlands, Denise Taschereau, and Madeleine Shaw.