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Financing the Future: Redeeming Capitalism

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How can we put humanity back into capitalism?

Join our open conversation with Dr. Kenneth Barnes, author of Redeeming Capitalism, as we talk about how the social, political, theological, and ethical drivers that have formed our economic system. Dr. Sara Minard will facilitate the conversation.

All are welcome to attend this special event, hosted in collaboration with Babson Graduate Christian Fellowship.

About Kenneth Barnes

Prior to his academic career, Dr. Barnes spent many years as a senior international executive for several multi-billion dollar companies doing business on six continents. He has also served as a bi-vocational pastor in both the United States and the United Kingdom where he holds dual-citizenship.

In 2007 Dr. Barnes began serving as a chaplain and mentor to international graduate students at Oxford University. Professor Barnes’s fellowships include the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture, IFES (Belgium), Ridley College (Australia), and the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA).

Professor Barnes’ main areas of research and teaching are the intersections of theology and economics and faith at work. His recent book projects include Light From the Dreaming Spires: Reflections on Ministry to Gen Y (Resource Publishing) 2017; Redeeming Capitalism: Common Grace for the Common Good (Eerdmans) 2018; and “Religion and Business Ethics: Religious Perspectives on Business”, in Routledge Companion to Business Ethics (Routledge) 2018.

About Sara Minard

Sara earned her Ph.D. in Economics (highest honors) from Sciences Po, Paris under the supervision of Dr. Amartya Sen on the topic of social entrepreneurship in the informal economy among Senegal’s Muslim Brotherhoods. She is the Founder and CEO of Manarine, LLC, an international consulting firm working at the intersection of social impact, faith, investing, economics, racial justice, and sustainable community-led development. Sara teaches impact investing and social finance as Adjunct Professor of Practice at Babson College’s Lewis Institute, and serves as Senior Consultant at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.

As a trained socio-economist, educator, facilitator, policy advisor, and development practitioner, her methods are multidisciplinary and boundary spanning. She brings her expertise to universities, multinational companies and startups, impact funds, governments, NGOs, and rural communities across the globe. Prior to Babson, she was Executive Professor at Northeastern University’s D'Amore-McKim School of Business teaching an award-winning course on impact investing, and designed new curricula on social innovation and global social entrepreneurship, as well as several experiential learning programs in India and Appalachia focused on gender, food systems, justice, and social impact measurement.

Before Northeastern, Sara was full-time Lecturer-in-Discipline at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs where she co-taught the required graduate course on methods for development practice and introduced the first course on social entrepreneurship for sustainable development. Parallel to her academic work, her industry experience includes five years as a socio-economist at the OECD in Paris, leading efforts to bring private sector investment to small and medium enterprises and natural resource management across 18 West African countries, and works as a consultant, managing both short and long-term social finance-related projects for international development banks, US and European companies, and NGOs.

As a founder, she started a community-driven sustainable aquaculture business in Senegal which ran for seven years. Sara started her career as a Legislative Aide in the U.S. Senate and served in the US Peace Corps in Senegal. She speaks fluent French and Wolof, and practices and teaches yoga and mindfulness meditation for people of all ages.

About Babson Graduate Christian Fellowship

The purpose of this organization is to explore the intersection of the Christian faith and business; to discuss issues concerning work/life-balance; to provide a safe and open environment for Christians to grow spiritually and for non-Christians to get questions answered regarding faith and spiritual life.

*The term Christian is used as a broader term that includes various denominations including Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and etc.


About Financing the Future

In the Financing the Future series, hosted in collaboration with The Cutler Center for Investments and Finance, we will explore the crucial role of capital in driving social progress.

How will we finance our future? What new financing mechanisms are being created? What role do large corporations, NGOs, government agencies, community foundations, family offices, philanthropists and investors play? What's working? What's needed?

Investing in social progress and managing societal dilemmas is complex and takes time. It requires a new understanding, new forms of collaborative relationships, innovative financing schemes, and the moral and financial courage to put capital where the highest ROI is recalibrated and recalculated to accelerate economic and social progress.


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Needham/Wellesley Room
Olin Hall
Babson Campus (Wellesley, MA)

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