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Seeking financial activists called to leverage capital as a tool for positive change

The Just Economy Institute (JEI), formerly the Integrated Capital Institute (ICI), will soon spin off from RSF. This move will allow the Institute to broaden its scope and provide more support to fellows. RSF is very proud of ICI’s achievements and will continue to be a strong partner for JEI.

 

We are now accepting applications for the 2021-22 Just Economy Institute.

October 2021 – June 2022

Application deadline: May 15, 2021

Apply: here

The Just Economy Institute will support a growing movement of diverse financial activists who are shifting the flow of capital to support leaders who are solving pressing social and environmental problems, inspired by the conviction that money should be used as a positive force for change.

JEI fellows will learn how to activate the positive potential of capital from a group of experts in the field. The nine-month fellowship consists of three 5-day immersions, webinars, one-on-one advisor sessions, peer coaching, and creative capital projects.

If you are interested in learning more about the Just Economy Institute, we will host an informational webinar on Wednesday, April 21, with JEI faculty and alumni. Register here.

What Fellows Will Gain

The Institute will focus on three core areas of learning:

  • the inner work that enables us to do our best work in the world
  • the practical work that makes it possible to activate financial and social capital effectively
  • the collective work needed to create systems that support the well-being of all people and the planet

The curriculum is grounded in the understanding of an extractive economic system and the ways financial and social capital can be used to effect systemic change. Fellows will explore their relationship with money, integrate inner work with external work, and learn new ways to create community wealth. Joining an active community of change agents, fellows will become part of an influential and innovative network of financial activists.

  • Overview & Cost

    Immersion 1: Monday, November 15 through Friday, November 19, 2021

    Immersion 2: Monday, March 14 through Friday, March 18, 2022

    Immersion 3: Monday, June 20 through Friday, June 24, 2022

    All three immersions will be hosted at Paicines Ranch in Paicines, CA.

     

    Online classes & webinars: Twelve will be offered between the immersions, featuring leading practitioners in the field.

    Cost: Sliding scale, from $10,000 to $40,000. The true cost of the program is $25,000 per Fellow, which covers tuition, faculty, advisors, materials, webinars, resources, and on-site lodging and meals. For those who can afford to pay more, we ask you to consider this, as it will ensure that we continue to make JEI available to as many financial activists as possible.

    Our decision to use a sliding scale fee structure is linked to the purpose of the Institute: to catalyze the flow of money to support healthy, regenerative economies in all communities. The suggested sliding scale is:

    $10k fee: Assets of up to $2M
    $15k fee: Assets over $2M and up to $20M
    $20K fee: Assets over $20M and up to $50M
    $30K fee: Assets over $50M and up to $100M
    $40K fee: Assets over $100M
  • Qualifications

    The work of capital activation requires creative, intelligent, and passionate leaders called to leverage capital as a powerful tool for long-term change. Fellows will possess self-knowledge as well as the skills needed to navigate power, conflict and possibility.

    The Just Economy Institute will educate, support and connect fellows who have:

    • a deep commitment to effect positive change and create a just economy
    • a strong desire to learn and grow, both personally and professionally
    • the ability to influence the flow of capital
    • emotional intelligence
  • Why now?

    Financial activists, investors and donors are following a calling for healing and justice, and charting new paths aimed at creating long-term resilience for all. They want capital to help correct the injustices of the past, which have built extraordinary privilege for the few, caused great suffering for communities of color, and severely damaged the natural world.

    A new clarity is emerging, one that recognizes that the stewardship of great sums of money includes a duty to the greater whole. This clarity has engendered an entirely new form of activism, one in which financial and social capital are used as powerful tools to create a just and resilient economy.

    Positive change happens when groups with innovative solutions have the resources and connections to make those solutions happen. We’ve seen visionary wealth holders pioneer better models inspired by this conviction. These models need to be shared and adopted. When they are, we will see hundreds of billions of dollars shift to regenerative uses.

  • Application Process

    Application: here

    You will receive an update on the status of your application in late May. Thank you for your interest!

Curating Faculty & Facilitator Team
One-on-One Advisors
2020-2021 Fellows
Just Economy Institute Alumni

A diverse group of financial activists leading the field with powerful strategies to leverage capital as a tool for long-term change.

Meet the former fellows
Questions?

Contact Deb Nelson

Vice President, Client and Community Engagement
deb.nelson@rsfsocialfinance.org
415.561.6193