Robert Rubinstein

Now is ESG’s moment, or is it? For past, 25 years, TBLI has worked to educate Asset Owners and managers regarding ESG and Impact Investing. Based upon the money flows, one would say it has been a resounding success. If one only looks at the numbers. “ESG assets may hit $53 trillion by 2025, a third of global AUM” according to Bloomberg Intelligence February 23, 2021

The assorted Social Investment Forums claim 40 Trillion dollars committed to ESG, already, in one shape or form. Are these figures accurate?

Unfortunately , if we look at the impact of all…


Why does everyone feel that offline events can charge a very high premium compared to online events? It makes no sense whatsoever. The issue seems to be more a perception rather than a true reality, however perception is often more important than reality. I am curious why this perception exists. Just look at the facts or fake facts for some of you.

Online events offer the following:

  • They are far cheaper to attend ( no travel costs, accommodation or restaurants)
  • Far less tiring speaking from the comfort of your home rather than wandering around the halls of a conference venue. Your feet don’t hurt and the air quality is often better and you are not as dehydrated.
  • You can view all the sessions as all the sessions are recorded at your leisure. Even months later.
  • No need to collect business cards as there is full networking capability. With online platforms, you have or should have the contact details in your phone of…

It seems every investor that I encounter is obsessed with achieving 10x returns for social enterprise investing, by leveraging the power of technology. The thinking is that if we only throw some innovative technology at the problem, we can restore the social and environmental balance and achieve a high return on investment. The idea of just throwing more technology at problems and flipping a switch will fix the problem and generate high returns, seems out of touch with reality. I have another idea. Why not investing in social enterprises that target the soul?

We have more than enough technology. Another…


I was in NY, with my family, to celebrate my mother’s 90th birthday, a bit earlier than her actual birthday. She is quite amazing. Sharp as a tack and living by herself and completely taking care of herself (shopping, cleaning, and cooking) and us, of course. It was wonderful for us all and for Rachel, my mother, it was a mega treat. Thanks mom for everything, you did a great job.

One of the most insightful or special moments was going to the supermarket. We wanted to buy some beer which is a nightmare as there are hundreds of choices…


TBLI has worked for the last 20 years to educate asset owners and managers about ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) and Impact Investing. Through our conferences, seminars, salons, private dinners, lectures, MBA programs, we have been able to build capacity and get “buy in” around sustainable investment. This capacity building is essential but thankless. There is no great ribbon cutting ceremony. It is about digging holes and not cutting ribbons. The process is farming not hunting. It takes time.

Throughout the 20 years of capacity building, I have always been asked for more research about ESG and Impact by the…


I recently tried to connect two individuals that I knew well. One was an entrepreneur looking to find investors and the other was an financial engineer who offered to help with fund raising. Both intelligent and professional and both seemed to understand what the other wanted. Reality was that after weeks of back and forth of document sharing, and financial requirements explanation, no progress was being made. Then, I realised what was the problem. One was analog and the other was digital. Trying to connect those two types directly without a translator or human converter, would never worked. …


Recently I got a great compliment from a woman I know. She said that “you are the Bernie Sanders of the financial sector”. I was thrilled and humbled. Then I thought there are many people trying to improve the societal and environmental condition by changing the financial sector. Don’t we all work in silence with little recognition. Haven’t we all been rolling the stone up the hill over many years, enduring hardships and ridicule. We have all been excluded from the “grownups table” where the real decisions have been made, because we don’t “understand”. …


Whenever I have tried to do something that gives me energy or seems to be my passion, it often challenges the status quo. The most widely repeated comment that I hear from colleagues and relations is “BE REALISTIC. Don’t bother. It won’t work. Too hard. System too entrenched. It will never fly. You need to be realistic.”

WHY SHOULD WE BE REALISTIC?

Did being REALISTIC help Steve Jobs building Apple when Microsoft and IBM dominated the pc market or Nokia owned the mobile phone industry? Elon Musk could have save him a lot of time if he was only REALISTIC…


The Step Wise Method for Sustainable Finance


Well we made it. 2015 is nearly over and a climate deal was signed in December. Very historic and potentially the paradigm shift that we all wanted. It was not the deal that many fought so hard to achieve, but it is a major signal to the financial sector and thus the economy. Carbon will be a cost. Those in the carbon intensive industry will face major challenges to their business models, that they might not be able to handle. Those involved in zero to low carbon industries should find a great deal of interest for investment. …

Robert Rubinstein

social entrepreneur • speaker • writer •impact investing • rainmaker • visionary • connector • mobilize capital • leadership • http://www.tbligroup.com

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