What role can and should investors play in strengthening democracy? “It’s important that people realize we can do big things together,” says Ian Simmons, Co-Founder and Principal of Blue Haven Initiative. Simmons discusses impact investing, universal voting, foreign money in U.S. politics, the so-called wealth tax and more on Democracy Matters. He has been a champion and practitioner of impact investing for two decades and is particularly passionate about pursuing solutions to complex challenges, such as full participation in our democracy, clean energy and affordable housing.
On strengthening democracy, Simmons says that education “is essential for us to govern ourselves well. We all need to learn a little bit more to work together to solve our problems and make our lives sustainable. Education is something that, at its best, requires a commitment to involving everyone.”