Embodied Investing: Radical Participation

Embodied Investing: Radical Participation

I’m fresh from the dusty plains of Burning Man, and still enjoying the waves of creative inspiration that follow a week of massive art, movement, and unbound expression.

This year I had the honor of taking my 72 year-old mother for her first “Burn,” which has been a dream of hers for years. She had a blast, and wasted no time getting involved in the colorful chaos.

She told me, “You know, life is not meant to be a spectator sport.” Leave it to my mom to zero in on a core principle of the entire Burning Man philosophy: Radical Participation.

“We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart. ” (From Burning Man’s 10 Principles)

And while “the playa” is replete with the extremes of creative participation, these principles are actually models for everyday living. Because who wants to move through life just watching anyhow?

Especially when there’s so much to be done.

I asked myself how I would participate in this dance of life many years ago. I knew I yearned to be of service, and it didn’t take long for me to recognize what I had to offer.


I realized I had a message to share. A message about recognizing that money is more than an arbitrary amount to be spent, but rather an extension of our values, hopes, and power.

A message about how vast that power can be when we make choices with purpose and wisdom.

This year, I’ve been intent on sharing that message. I enjoy bringing the topics of impact investment, wealth and stewardship, community, and multi-family real estate investing into a deeper conversation about connection and fulfillment.

The power of impact investing is vast, with effects reaching into the intangible realm of human contentment. And while overall awareness of it as a financially sound option is gaining momentum, as of now it’s still quite small.

My intention is to help raise that awareness. Be it for small and casual gatherings, or with more formal presentations geared for larger crowds, I’m seeking audiences who are ready to do well by doing good.

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