Why capitalism is about to save us all | Matthew Weatherley-White | TEDxBoise

Climate change. Oceans of plastic. Polluted water. Stagnant wages. The challenges we face can feel overwhelming. In the aftermath of the Financial Crisis, capitalism has been the frequent target of blame. In this future-leaning talk that weaves together capital, a misunderstanding of evolution, behavioral economics, sub-oceanic earthquakes and tsunamis, Matthew Weatherley-White offers a surprising voice of optimism as he poses a provocative question: What if capitalism is actually the solution rather than the problem? He invites us to understand that we are all optimistic capitalists, why that matters and how that will eventually save us.

Weatherley-White is an investor, entrepreneur, capitalist philosopher and a globally-recognized thought leader in the emerging discipline of Impact Investing. With a seat at the table of the world’s capital markets, he draws on his unique perspective to sketch the outlines of a potential future for capitalism.

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