A new paradigm for fomenting public-private partnerships.

 By Richard Crespin

Neanderthals, once regarded as the bigger, dumber, slower precursor of Homo sapiens, might actually have been stronger, smarter, and faster than us. But after Homo sapiens encroached, Neanderthal eventually died out. The running theory: while smaller in body and brain, Homo sapiens out-collaborated the hermetic Neanderthal.

On December 17th, 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian street vendor, went to his municipal office and lit himself on fire. Social media lit up and within hours protests broke out across the region. People around the world knew about Bouazizi’s act almost as it was happening. Not only did people know about it, they reacted on a grand scale.

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Save on Taxes, Save the World

All bond issues are not created equal.

  By R. Paul Herman, Ryan Gerlach, Eddie Bernhardt and Samuel Hecker

Can you save on taxes and save the world? Investors seeking both impact and financial return can pursue this goal by considering municipal bonds that are rated highly for impact and sustainability.

Muni bonds are issued by governments (cities, counties, states, as well as regional water, wastewater and transportation systems) and non-profits (universities, hospitals, and energy firms). More than half of the $3.7 trillion in United States muni bonds are held by individual investors who seek lower risk and can benefit from no federal income tax on muni-bond interest.

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Honor Thy Mother

Boards with more women typically enrich the bottom line and lower risk.

By R. Paul Herman and Zhaoqi Fu

If a Credit Suisse report showed that your company’s return on equity (ROE) could be one-third higher than your competitors by just changing one factor, would you consider making that change?

Many global companies have ignored this factor, even though it comprises one half the population, one half the talent pool, and one half or more of most customer bases. The factor is the number of women on the board of directors. It is a meaningful indicator for potential increases in return on equity: Of 2,560 companies reviewed globally between 2005 and 2011 by Credit Suisse, those with no women on the board averaged 12 percent ROE, while those with one or more women on the board averaged 16 percent ROE—and with less volatility. How many women are on your board of directors? Does the percentage match your customer base and talent pool?

Gender inequality on corporate boards is increasingly a hot topic, especially with Facebook COO’s Sheryl Sandberg’s new book Lean In.

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