Experiential Learning & Personal Agency

Want to Learn Crowdvetting?

Held with care, an egg in a hand with dirty fingernails -- someone doing the hard work, good analogy for the Crowdvetting team!
Get your hands dirty, it’s your nest egg! Join the GCP Crowdvetting Team!

You’re Invited!

Want to be part of an exciting project to harness the power and wisdom of teams called crowdvetting?

Want to learn a due diligence process for social enterprise?

Interested in getting real time exposure to financial statements for social entrepreneurs looking for short-term, working capital funds? 

You’re invited to join a team for Crowdvetting at Kiva

Sustainable Food: Can Ethical Investing Help?

clouds parting for the sun apt metaphor for what happens when sustainable food business fail at the same time.

Beyond and before the tragic nightclub shooting and raging fires, we’ve experienced another, quieter set of calamities befell several sustainable food businesses struggling to find a toehold in our local Southern California landscape.

More Than Money: How I Built Investment Muscle Part III

Cherries -- the word cherries often connotes value. What value does our money bring beyond the investment?
Cherry! — or, investment value that’s more than money ©2018 Sonora Ortiz

In your travels, you might find yourself involved with a moving cause or encounter a dynamic entrepreneur; suddenly you feel compelled to find a way to give money to the cause or the business.

Or, as you dip your toe in the waters of impact investing, a friend asks you to help finance a specific social enterprise. Trusting, you follow their lead to gain your first values aligned investment experience.

A Case Study of Slow Money SoCal: How I Built Investment Muscle Part I

I’ve been exploring risk as part of the work for a future blog post as well as a due diligence project I’m doing with the ek4t Inner Circle.

I think as new investors, we often see financial discipline as  a test for creating “true investments.”

Impact Investing Without Experience: 5 Ways to Start


 A mirror suggests responsibility for impact investing
A serious look at ourselves and the impact industry. © Sonora Ortiz 2013


Folks calling themselves impact investors just aren’t writing checks.

And this is true across the nation (and even across the impact investing industry).

They’re not funding.