Positive Mavericks

Master Class: Stakeholder Capitalism’s Next Frontier: Monopoly Power – with Denise Hearn

This second Preventable Surprises Master Class invited reflections on “Stakeholder Capitalism’s Next Frontier: Pro- or Anti-Monopoly?” – a new report co-authored by Economic Liberties’ Denise Hearn and Balanced Economy Project’s Michelle Meagher.  You...
10 May 2022
Positive Mavericks, Institutions, Reports

Rubber, Meet Road

Face it: responsible investment is about political choices. Short of this reckoning, the fate of ESG might be the least of our concerns. What is ESG? It depends on...
4 May 2022
Human Rights, Positive Mavericks, Institutions, Climate disruption

Is Corporate Political Spending Bad for Business? If So, What Can Be Done? A Conversation with Hon. Leo E. Strine

On April 6th 2022, Preventable Surprises was pleased to joined forces with the Erb Institute’s Corporate Political Responsibility Taskforce (CPRT), American Promise and In This Together, for a conversation...
30 April 2022
Positive Mavericks, Institutions, Corporate political capture

Master Class: Life in the Early Anthropocene, with Howard Covington

Preventable Surprises Senior Adviser Howard Covington gifted us with an excellent first  Master Class on Life in the Early Anthropocene. We recommend you watch the replay or look at the slides. Howard...
31 January 2022
Human Rights, Positive Mavericks, Institutions

ESG influencers survey response: Gender Based Violence & Harassment

From time to time, Preventable Surprises invites ESG influencers – senior practitioners and stakeholders who shape responsible investing – to share their sentiment on select topics and set an...
22 December 2021
Human Rights, Positive Mavericks, Forceful stewardship

Winning without win-win: recommendations on financial market strategies for Biodiversity and Nature

Preventable Surprises is pleased to release Winning without win-win: recommendations on financial market strategies for Biodiversity and Nature. Switching gears on Nature The biosphere supports life. Soon it may...
18 July 2021
Positive Mavericks, Biodiversity loss, Publications

Align and Conquer: two things to do right away – from the Corporate Lobbying Alignment Project

Some of the world’s largest asset managers are beginning to address corporate policy capture risk, but it’s too slow. This blog post shares a selection of key lessons from...
3 June 2021
Positive Mavericks, Corporate political capture

Moving beyond Modern Portfolio Theory: 3 questions to Jon Lukomnik and Jim Hawley

Three Key Questions for Jon Lukomnik and Jim Hawley, authors of a really important new book, “Moving Beyond Modern Portfolio Theory: Investing That Matters”.  As you’ll see, this book...
29 April 2021
Positive Mavericks, Institutions, Forceful stewardship

Q&A with Emily Claire Goldman: divesting from for-profit prisons in America

The responsible investment world’s most entrenched habit might be debating the merits of divestment versus engagement. While not here to settle the debate (Preventable Surprises has generally supported forceful...
28 July 2020
Positive Mavericks, Corporate political capture, Reports

Changing minds in the insurance industry: a conversation

Preventable Surprises invites perspectives from positive mavericks across economic sectors. Who are the agents of transformation? What do they think? Today, New Yorker Walter Murphy (WM) & Mumbaikar Praveen...
16 February 2020
Positive Mavericks, Institutions

“But you are so different … no one would take the career risks you have taken!”

By Raj Thamotheram Founder and co-chair, Preventable Surprises This is a refrain I hear quite often when I invite ESG professionals to consider how they could be a bigger...
13 June 2017
Positive Mavericks, Forceful stewardship

When scientific realities and career risk clash…what should professionals do?

Leading climate scientist, Kevin Anderson published a “must read” article in “Nature Geosciences” (12 Oct 2015). The full article is behind a paywall, but most of it is on Anderson’s...
26 November 2015
Positive Mavericks

An epidemic of self censorship?

A core idea behind the Preventable Surprises project is that they aren’t surprises. Someone generally knows but is often too frightened to raise their concerns. Our focus is on the...
17 February 2015
Positive Mavericks