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The Challenge to Power: Money, Investing, and Democracyby John Harrington
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Our only chance to save the planet and take back control of our economy and political system lies in our ability to control our dollars. In a brilliant synthesis of thirty years of experience, John C. Harrington gives investors the strategies to thwart corporate domination of the earth's resources, decentralize our economy, restore democracy, tame corruption, and regain community control of our financial resources.
A strong advocate of using shareholder power to push for responsible corporate practices that benefit society, Harrington warns that we are running out of time; corporate abuse of shareholders and other stakeholders runs rampant. Concerted, coordinated shareholder action is needed to challenge corporations to adopt human, labor, and environmental codes of conduct to eliminate years of egregious and abusive practices.
For corporate America to change in time, a revolution--fueled by investor dollars--must come from within.
This is a no-holds-barred look at our money system, its threat to our survival, and how to use our investments to regain control. Harrington synthesizes thirty years of experience to give investors the strategies to thwart corporate domination of the earth's resources, decentralize our economy, restore democracy, tame corruption, and regain community control of our financial resources.
About the Author
John Harrington is President of Harrington Investments, Inc., a registered investment advisor. He is also the Manager of Global Partners, LLC, a social venture fund. He is the former President and Chairman of the Board of Working Assets Management Company and is the former Chairman of the Board of Progressive Asset Management, a full-service brokerage firm specializing in socially responsible investing.
Mr. Harrington is a board member of CANICCOR, an interfaith council on corporate accountability, Global Citizen Center, and sits on the advisory boards of the Rose Foundation and Women for Women International. He is a board member and Treasurer of Global Exchange, Community Development Finance, Pesticide Action Network North America, and Friends of KALW. He also is an Honorary Committee Member of the National Center for Gay and Lesbian Rights. Mr. Harrington is the former Chair of the Northern California Support Association for the Ecumenical Development Cooperative Society (renamed Oikocredit), a former member of the board of directors of the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco, a former member of the board of the Northern California Community Loan Fund, former Co-Chair of the KPFA Radio Capital Campaign, and former treasurer for the Land Trust of Napa County.
Mr. Harrington was the Chairman of the California Governor's Public Investment Task Force and is a former member of the Sacramento Board of Administration, Investment and Fiscal Management. He also served as the Consultant to the California State Senate Select Committee on Investment Priorities and Objectives and the State Senate Committee on Energy and Public Utilities in the California Legislature. He was a consultant to the California State and Consumer Services Agency, the Council on Economic Priorities, and the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility. He was also the Statewide Political Coordinator and Legislative Advocate for the California State Council of Service Employees, SEIU, AFL-CIO.
Mr. Harrington manages portfolios for an annual fee based on assets under management as well as provides an hourly investment advisory service for individuals and institutional investors. He accepts only clients who are concerned with social and economic as well as financial criteria.
Mr. Harrington has an AA Degree from Napa Valley College and a BA Degree from Sonoma State University. He has studied graduate economics at Sacramento State University, University of California, Los Angeles (African Studies Center), and the University of York, England (Centre for Southern African Studies). He is currently working on a MA in the Humanities at Dominican University. Mr. Harrington holds several NASD licenses, including Series 6, 7, 24, 26 and 63. He is the author of Investing With Your Conscience (John Wiley & Sons, 1992) and The Challenge To Power: Money, Investing and Democracy (Chelsea Green Publishing) to be released September 2005.
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