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Any Other Trojan Horses of Love Out There in Finance?

This is Part 1 of 2 Guest Blog Posts by Susan Davis, President, Capital Missions Company

Susan Davis left a Division Administrator position for Harris Bank’s Personal Trust Group after nine years to start Capital Missions Company (CMC), a social investment consulting firm, in June of 1990.   By then she had worked with other business leaders to create a “small network” innovation method that had proved faster, cheaper, higher impact and more fun than other innovation methods.   Called “KINS Innovation Networks,” KINS signifies that “we are all one.”

KINS operate on love, trust and generosity, with operating principles like:

  • Our strategy is generosity
  • A deal is a good deal when it is good for all concerned, and
  • We each do what we do well and love to do and little else.

KINS Networks have operated in venture capital, institutional investing, microenterprise, the funding of women-led and African-American-led businesses and more.  Each has proven portfolio returns meeting financial benchmarks or better.

Susan and her husband live in both Ecuador and the U.S. and travel giving talks and lectures using KINS Innovation Networks to help towns go green.   Sure enough, KINS continue to produce the results of being faster, cheaper, higher impact and more fun.

Call me crazy but now I’m being proven right.   I’m 70 now but my intuition told me 40 years ago that investments would be more profitable if my intention behind them was love instead of greed.   Since then I have stumbled around proving that true and it has been a joyful journey.   It seemed simple to me.   Love is the most powerful force in the universe, and the light always overcomes the darkness.

In 1972, I helped start ShoreBank, a neighborhood development bank in the South Shore ghetto of Chicago, which went on to create a successful global model of how a bank could prosper by restoring problematic neighborhoods, focusing all its lending in a “greenlined” depressed neighborhood.  President Clinton then passed legislation to support the growth of neighborhood development banking.

Through ShoreBank, I met kindred spirits who were then creating the social investment industry and went on to learn high finance in the Personal Trust Group of Harris Bank.   There I developed a network innovation method I used to empower women financially by teaching finance to wealthy women.   We created the family office industry there in 1985 by networking some of the wealthiest families in America to steward their wealth.

In 1990, I left the Harris to create and CMC launched these innovation networks in seven different niches of finance.  In each, social investors advanced our industry by demonstrating that social investments match or outperform financial benchmarks without counting the social and environment dividends.  In one network, 40 leading institutional investors from virtually all finance niches designed $100 million simulated portfolios invested socially across all asset classes using their own asset allocation strategies and all met or outperformed financial benchmarks.

I called all the networks KINS Innovation Networks, signifying that ‘we are all one,’ as indeed quantum physics has now proven.   I gift my book about these networks and my personal journey from my heart to others, so feel free to download it at The Trojan Horse of Love.

You can also learn more about the KINS financial networks at Capital Missions.


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