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Sustainable Leadership Forum
Program Investment Fund

Description

The Program Investment Fund is one of a number of tools of financial empowerment for leaders in the sustainability movement. A source of “seed loans” for member initiatives, the Fund design is built partly on the model of micro-loan programs, combined with elements from financial permaculture, the Transition Movement, credit unions, credit exchanges, special-purpose currencies, and traditional program and investment funds.

Each member who chooses to invest in the fund will be able to track his or her own individual contribution, and be involved in deciding on the uses of the funds. The Fund will act as a revolving loan program for member projects, for the purpose of seeding new sustainability initiatives and expanding existing ones. Risks will be spread across all contributors in such a way that in the event of a project failure no individual’s contribution would be wiped out. Returns will also be apportioned equally to each account. Individuals can withdraw their uncommitted balance as needed any time beginning twelve months after the date of their contribution, or add to it if they so choose, and will participate in decision-making in proportion to their contributed capital.

The Fund will be managed so as to return a surplus after administrative costs, which surplus may be returned to the members and/or reinvested in further projects. The Fund may also be leveraged, provided that leverage is hedged by an insurance premium dedicated to ensuring the ongoing financial integrity of the Fund and/or individual guarantees. As a demonstration of “community credit,” the operations of the Fund will be entirely transparent and open to public scrutiny.

At the same time, no guarantees are offered as to performance. Individuals should only contribute funds they are willing to put at risk, and are willing to have managed on a collaborative basis with other members.

To make a contribution, indicate here the level of your commitment: $_____________

(The amount shown here should match the figure entered as “Program Investment Fund commitment” on the other side.)

Sign & date below, along with your phone number. Someone will call to arrange the transfer.

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Signature                                                    Date                                        Phone

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Our new nonprofit, the Center for Regenerative Community Solutions (CRCS), is looking to partner with other nonprofit and civic organizations to host a series of community dialogs regarding the long term sustainable reconstruction of the NJ shore. For more information, see Rebuilding New Jersey’s Shore Communities. If you are interested, please contact us via this site.

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Past Events

Correction: We'll be hosting this year's holiday potluck — "Bringing Solar Power Home for the Holidays" — on Saturday, December 15, from 4 to 9 p.m. Click here for more details. RSVP to [email protected].
Saturday, November 17, 2012, 10 a.m. Eastern: Sustainable Neighborhood & Community Conversations (III).
Saturday, October 13, 2012, 10 a.m. Eastern: Transforming Neighborhoods and Communities II.
Saturday, September 8, 2012, 10 a.m. Eastern: Transforming Neighborhoods & Communities.
Saturday, June 16, 2012: SLF Potluck June 16: Sustainable Living Communities.
The Sustainable Haiti Conference took place April 23-25, 2012 in Miami.
"Inside Job" Movie Party. Saturday, February 11th, 6:00 PM, Liberty Ridge, The Hills, Bernards Twp, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.
2nd 'Buy Haitian, Restore Haiti Conference', January 26, 2012, Karibe Convention Center, Petion Ville, Haiti
Dec 11 SLF Potluck: "Bringing Sustainability Home for the Holidays" Basking Ridge, NJ. RSVP to [email protected].
Saturday, July 9, 2011, 4 p.m. Open House Party & Potluck, Saturday, July 9, 4 p.m., Basking Ridge, NJ.
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Saturday, May 21, 1-4 p.m. EcoCenter Update. At the Morristown EcoCenter, 55 Bank Street, Morristown, NJ 07960.
Saturday, April 16, 1-4 p.m. "Haiti & Us: The Leading Edge of Sustainable Development." At the Morristown EcoCenter, 55 Bank Street, Morristown, NJ 07960. A copy of the update presentation has been posted here.
Saturday, March 19, 1-4 p.m. "Creating the Morristown EcoCenter." Held at 55 Bank Street, Morristown, the site of the proposed EcoCenter.
Saturday, February 19, 1-4 p.m. Monthly meeting, ""A Profound Transformation in Consciousness," Morris County Library, Whippany, NJ. Click here for details.
Saturday, January 15, 1-4 p.m. Putting Idealism into Practice: Tour of Half Moon House. Click here for details.
Saturday, December 18, 1-4 p.m. Challenge & Strategy Session: "Reinventing Wealth," followed by our annual "Potluck for the Planet" from 4 to 8. Click here for details.
Saturday, November 20, 1-4 p.m. Challenge & Strategy Session: "How Do We Measure Sustainable Value?". Click here for details.
Saturday, October 16, 1-4 p.m. Challenge and Strategy Session: "Toward a Sustainable Growth Strategy for New Jersey".
Download the slide presentation here, and the discussion paper here.

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